Practitioners are using laser therapy more often than ever before to treat patients for inflammation and other common conditions. Thousands of clinicians and patients have experienced the power of laser therapy, but for those who are not familiar with this modality, here are 4 things everyone should know about laser treatment:
- Laser therapy reduces pain and inflammation without side-effects
Laser treatment uses a procedure called “photobiomodulation” which is the process of photon particles (light) entering affected tissue and triggering a sequence of events that increases cellular metabolism. This subsequently decreases pain and inflammation in the injured area. Unlike medications, laser therapy achieves pain relief without the undesirable side-effects!
- Laser therapy can be used for acute and chronic conditions
Laser therapy is extremely effective at treating acute conditions, particularly if treatment occurs as soon as possible following the injury. The sooner inflammation can be reduced, the faster the healing process can begin. In the case of chronic conditions, laser treatment is used to alleviate persistent pain and inflammation.
Although the number of treatments may vary depending on the severity of the condition, many patients have lasting relief after just a few treatments.
- Treatments feel good
Laser therapy can seem daunting at first. One of the most common questions about laser therapy is “What does it feel like?”. Depending on the laser, treatment can consist of little to no sensation, or it can create a gentle, soothing warmth. Many patients find the experience enjoyable - and when receiving treatment with a higher-powered laser, report a rapid decrease in pain.
- Treatments are fast
Laser treatments are usually only five to ten minutes in duration, depending on the size, depth and acuteness of the condition. High-powered lasers are effective at delivering a lot of energy in a small timeframe, which is essential to patients and practitioners with busy schedules.
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