While laser therapy treatment isn’t actually a new procedure, most people have never heard of it or understand just how beneficial it can be for those who suffer from musculoskeletal issues and injuries. Laser therapy utilizes light, specifically red and near-infrared, to create therapeutic effects on the body. By using specific wavelengths, the laser helps to stimulate reactions in the musculoskeletal system that can reduce pain and inflammation.
Different classes of lasers are available such as cold laser and hot laser classified as Class III and Class IV respectively. Because Class IV lasers use heat, they can penetrate further into the muscles, tissue, ligaments, and tendons quickly, which means that multiple areas can be treated in a session which can greatly increase the results.
Class IV laser therapy has an incredible ability to motivate the body’s natural response to renew and restore damaged musculoskeletal tissue, which makes it innately helpful in treating a variety of conditions, including:
- Tendinitis: Constant strain and overuse of tendons can cause microscopic tears in tendons, creating an incredible amount of pain in areas used regularly like the knees, shoulders, elbows, and wrists. By focusing on the specific area, the laser can encourage healing.
- Inflammation: In most cases, inflammation is commonly found within the joints either due to arthritis, injury, overuse, or degeneration. For those who suffer from chronic inflammation, laser therapy can offer real relief by healing the source of the pain.
- Plantar fasciitis: The fascia that runs across the soles of your feet can become damaged over time, causing extreme pain that can make it very hard to stand or walk. Laser therapy, when applied directly to the fascia, can alleviate the tension in the heel.
- Carpal tunnel: The hands and the wrists are constantly being put to work whether you work at a computer all day or do physical labour. This repetitive strain can cause compression on the median nerve, resulting in numbness and tingling, which can often be eased with cold laser therapy.
- TMJ (Temporomandibular joint dysfunction): Often, the jaw is overlooked as a joint that can be affected by inflammation, but it is usually quite susceptible to grinding or clenching. It can actually be quite painful but using laser therapy, the trauma to the joint can be specifically targeted to reduce the inflammation and relieve pain.
Our body has a self-system for surviving trauma or injury but as we grow older the system becomes weak. Laser therapy offers a way to encourage the natural regeneration process to help repair damaged tissue and relieve pain at its source naturally without the use of pain-masking medications or invasive procedures.
If you suffer from chronic pain, you may think that it is something that you just have to learn to live with. Get long-lasting pain relief from effective laser therapy treatment.