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?
– Rotator Cuff Tears
– Tennis and Golfer’s Elbow
– Fractures with Soft Tissue Damage
– Ligament and Tendon Tears
– Sprains and Strains
– Plantar Fasciitis
– Degenerative Disc Disease
– Chondromalacia Patella
– Carpal Tunnel Syndrome