Laser therapy as a medical treatment is a more recent discovery with its first medical application reported in 1962. Since then, laser therapy has gone through progressive growth and a multitude of scientific studies that support its effectiveness. It has quickly become a well-used tool in medical practices for a variety of purposes and is hailed as a versatile, safe, and effective treatment. If you are new to laser therapy and wondering what it is, how it works, and if it may be right for you check out the helpful information below.
What is Laser Therapy?
Laser therapy uses a Class IV laser to deliver red and near-infrared wavelengths of laser light to produce therapeutic effects in a patient. Its first known medical uses were in Europe, and it was cleared for medical use by the United States Food and Drug Administration in 2002. Here at Integrated Health Solutions we use a SUMMUS brand laser which is the preferred brand for many practitioners. Laser therapy helps increase blood circulation and stimulate tissue repair and typically works by interacting with the body’s cells and leading to an increase in cellular metabolism, a reduction in pain and inflammation, and more.
Laser therapy can help treat the following:
- Back, neck, and knee pain
- Joint pain
- Ligament and muscle sprains
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Carpal tunnel
- Diabetic Neuropathy
- Sports injuries
- Diabetic neuropathy
There are a lot of benefits to laser therapy which is why it has become such a popular treatment option. Unlike other medical interventions, laser therapy is more of a holistic approach stimulating your body’s natural healing processes. It is a great noninvasive option with little risk of side effects and no medication requirement. Laser therapy is a scientifically proven treatment that can help improve issues like inflammation and chronic pain on its own and can also work in conjunction with other treatments, effectively boosting your overall wellbeing and treating areas of concern.
What to Expect
If you’re considering laser therapy you may be wondering what to expect during your treatment. Laser therapy causes very little, if any, sensation and only takes around 4 to 8 minutes per session. Some patients report feeling a light warmth or tingling during treatment. Additionally, treated areas may be slightly more sensitive directly after treatment as the healing process is heightened. Treatments can range from 4 to 6 sessions for more acute issues or 6 to 12 or more for chronic issues. Laser therapy treatments build on themselves so don’t feel concerned if it takes a few sessions to feel the difference. Integrated Health Solutions professionals are specially trained in laser therapy and are available to answer any of your questions or concerns about laser treatments.