Since laser has been used for medical purposes, researchers have discovered a number of benefits that can be obtained with the use of low-level laser therapy (LLLT). As opposed to high-intensity lasers that are used to destroy tissue, LLLT does not harm cells. It actually generates no heat, sound or vibrations. Instead, the light waves cause the electrons in the affected cells to become excited. This increased activity then promotes healing. The process is sometimes referred to as biostimulation or cold laser therapy.
Low-level laser therapy operates on the same basic principle that is found in nature. For example, a plant’s exposure to sunlight causes the receptors to become active and produce chlorophyll, giving the leaves their green color. This is why the leaves start to change colors in the Fall, when the amount of direct sunlight begins to diminish.
Low-level laser therapy has a broad range of applications in the medical field. It can be used to help individuals who are struggling with hair loss to regrow hair. It is often used for skin rejuvenation also. One of the most important uses of LLLT is for pain relief. The exact wavelength can vary depending on whether the treatment is used for conditions near the surface of the skin or for deeper tissue.
As opposed to pain medications that only mask the symptoms, low-level laser therapy targets the source of the pain by stimulating the cells in the target area to bring about healing. It is frequently used for neck pain, lower back pain and the discomforts associated with carpal tunnel syndrome and tendonitis. It can also be beneficial for individuals who are suffering from arthritis.
This treatment is sometimes referred to as laser acupuncture because it can stimulate the body’s acupoints in the same manner that needles do. Therapists who perform acupuncture will often use low-level laser therapy on their patients who have a fear of needles.
If you are suffering from some sort of chronic pain and want to avoid the side effects and dependency of medications, you should have a discussion with our experts at Lakeside Sports Chiropractic Center and Motorsports Rehab. We can help make a determination of how low-level laser therapy can benefit you. It is a non-invasive treatment that is administered simply by passing a hand-held unit over the surface of the skin. With a series of treatments at our office in Cornelius, relief from pain without medication or surgery can become a reality. Contact us today to schedule your consultation to learn more.