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FDA-approved laser therapy (also called 'cold laser'or 'low level laser therapy') is a new, exciting technology which has been proven to be remarkably safe, painless, and effective in treating both acute injuries and chronic pain of various kinds. It is especially effective in treating carpal tunnel syndrome, and other stubborn, persistent and challenging conditions including neck pain, low back pain, arthritis, TMJ, plantar fascitis and other joint and muscle pains.
We utilize the Class 4 Laser device that has the most tissue penetration to provide a therapeutic impact. This is especially helpful for the spinal joints and muscles, as well as the hips and larger muscle tissues. The vast majority of cold lasers that are being utilized in the local clinics of the Twin Cities are not using a Class 4 device. The Class 4 can speed the healing process along and penetrate to a deeper level.
Low level laser therapy is not harmful. Cold lasers used for tissue stimulation have insufficient strength to damage cells. 30 years of clinical studies with humans and animals have shown no adverse effects.
Mechanism of Action
Therapeutic lasers work by supplying energy to the body in the form of specific photons of light. The tissues and cells absorb this energy, where it is used to accelerate the normal rate of tissue healing. Research has even demonstrated that laser photons stimulate the cell's gene expression (i.e., DNA, etc.) to produce anti-inflammatory proteins for tissue healing.
Therapeutic Benefits of Laser Therapy
1) Anti-inflammatory Action: Laser light reduces swelling, leading to decreased pain, less stiffness, and a faster return to normal joint and muscle function.
2) Rapid Cell Growth: Laser light accelerates cell reproduction.
3) Faster Wound Healing: Laser light stimulates fibroblast development and accelerates collagen synthesis in damaged tissue.
4) Reduced Fibrous Tissue Formation: Laser light reduces formation of scar tissue, leading to more complete healing, with less chance of weakness and re-injury later.
5) Increased Vascular Activity: Laser light increases blood flow to the injured area.
6) Stimulated Nerve Function: Laser light speeds nerve cell processes which may decrease pain and numbness associated with nerve-related conditions.
Frequency of Treatments
While some patients get immediate results, others require 6-12 treatments before seeing a lasting effect. Less severe or acute injuries will require fewer treatments than chronic or severe conditions.