Oct 6th, 2016
How Does Laser Therapy Work?
Laser therapy works by combining specific red and near infrared light wavelengths to create a photochemical and therapeutic effect in our bodies. By combining different wavelengths of light, we get various effects on our body which promote healing, including increasing blood flow to the damaged tissue, delivering nutrients and oxygen, and increasing the elimination of waste. By drawing water, oxygen and nutrients to the damaged area we create an environment that is optimal for healing. The concentrated light also targets enzymes in our bodies which are capable of accelerating our bodies natural healing ability by increasing metabolic activity.
Laser therapy is effective for increasing circulation, decreasing inflammation, reducing pain and decreasing muscle spasms and joint stiffness.
What Conditions Can Be Treated With Laser Therapy?
Most musculoskeletal conditions can benefit from laser therapy including:
- Sprains or Strains
- Disc Degeneration
- Sciatic Pain
- Rotator Cuff tears
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Meniscus or ligament injuries to the knee
- Whiplash injuries
- IT band syndrome
- Sports injuries
- Trigger Finger
- And many others… Talk to your healthcare provider!
Does laser therapy hurt?
Laser therapy involves no pain during treatment. Most people experience a mild, soothing warming sensation or a mild tingling.
What are the side effects of laser therapy?
There a very few side effects to having laser therapy. Occasionally, temporary muscle soreness occurs post treatment as the healing process begins.
Can laser therapy be combined with other treatments?
Yes! Laser therapy is safe and effective when combined with other treatments such as massage therapy, chiropractic care, and acupuncture.
Both Dr. Gabriel and Dr. Pomeroy are trained and certified in using Laser Therapy in the treatment of many conditions. Many insurances such as Aetna, Regence BCBS and United cover laser therapy depending on your plan. If you have any questions or would like to book a consultation to find out if laser therapy is something that might help you, call The Wellness Center at 503-783-8543 or talk to our front desk!