What You Need to Know About Laser Therapy

Wellness Wednesday
July 12, 2017

What You Need to Know About Laser Therapy

Our Community Relations Manager, Christina injured her wrist while playing a game of slow pitched softball on the long-weekend. She was experiencing some pain, bruising and swelling on her wrist and decided to get an X-ray to rule out the possibility of a fracture. When the x-rays did not show ay signs of a fracture Christina turned to one of our chiropractors, Mathieu Turgeon. He recommended that Christina begins doing some laser therapy for her wrist to control the swelling and bruising in the area. After a few sessions of laser therapy Christina was able to play in the final game of the soft-ball tournament just a week after her injury and win!! She continues to get laser-therapy 2 weeks after her injury to help the joints to heal faster, and for the pain to completely disappear.

What is Laser Therapy?

Laser Therapy is the application of red and infrared light over injuries to improve soft tissue healing resulting in relief if acute and chronic conditions. Laser therapy uses monochromatic light emission from a high intensity super luminous diodes to treat musculoskeletal injuries, chronic and degenerative conditions to heal wounds. The light source is placed in contact with the skin allowing the photon energy to penetrate the soft tissue, where it interacts with various intracellular biomolecules resulting in the restoration of normal cell functions and enhancement of the body’s healing processes.

How Does Laser Therapy Work?

When a cell is working to repair itself, it needs a great deal of energy. Most cells continue to work at their usual rate, which is why repair of some tissues takes so long. In some instances, the cells stay so busy dealing with inflammation and bi-products that are present in the injured tissue; they don’t have enough energy left to provide effective repair. With the use of lasers the cells are stimulated and their activity is increased so that they can perform better, faster and more effectively. The result is enhanced wound and injury healing in a shorter period of time. A more detailed explanation of the science behind how laser therapy works is that, the light from the laser stimulates the cell’s mitochondria into hyperactivity. The Krebs Cycle of metabolism occurs on the inner membrane of this structure, liberating energy from the chemical bonds present in ATP (adenosine triphosphate) molecules. The cell is provided with more energy and is now in an optimum condition to play its part in the healing process.

What Conditions/Injuries can be treated by Laser Therapy?

- Tendonitis

- Rotator Cuff Tears

- Tennis and Golfer’s Elbow

- Calcifications

- Fractures with Soft Tissue Damage

- Ligament and Tendon Tears

- Sprains and Strains

- Plantar Fasciitis

- Degenerative Disc Disease

- Bursitis

- Chondromalacia Patella

- TMJ

- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

- Whiplash

- Arthritis

Sources used:

1. http://medxhealth.com/Our-Products/Phototherapy/Rehab-Laser-Console-System.aspx

2. http://www.serenowellness.com/doctor/laser-therapy.php

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