Laser Therapy

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What is it?

Laser therapy utilizes low power or 'soft' laser light to aid the natural healing process of the body. It has been used for over 30 years but is more widely used in the medical field for treatment of pain and healing in the past 15 years. In wound healing and musculoskeletal conditions, laser therapy achieves improved outcomes in the treatment of conditions such as plantar fasciitis, heel pain, tendonitis, neuropathic and phantom pain, diabetic ulceration, rheumatoid and osteo-arthritic joints. Low level lasers should not be confused with surgical lasers which are a different classification of cutting laser.

Low level laser therapy cannot burn or harm the skin. Its effects are photo-biochemical, not thermal. Laser therapy is established and safe. Low level lasers are used to treat a wide variety of conditions in medical organisations across the world. Often called 'soft' or 'cold' laser, the low intensity laser beam does not cut or burn and has no side effects, other than the feeling of relaxation.

How Does it Work?

Laser therapy is now extensively researched and its mechanisms of action are becoming better understood. Effectively light of specific wavelengths stimulate the function of the body's own healing cells. (at this point I could use big words such as mitochondria light absorption stimulating fibroblastic proliferation, but I will resist it!) In essence the healing cells of the body are stimulated to work harder and also release natural pain relieving chemicals in the body called endorphins. All sounds very grand but in essence laser speeds up healing and alleviates pain.

The Treatment

Treatment is quick, pain-free, easy to apply and effective. Appropriate probes are placed on the skin at particular points relating to the damaged area, and light which is controlled for wavelength, power, pulsation rate and duration passes into the tissue. Depending upon the condition to be treated, each clinic appointment will take between 10 and 30 minutes, twice per week. You should not feel any pain, and in fact it helps to relieve pain.