You have seen it advertised in just about every magazine, on T.V. and on highway billboards. So the big question is, what is laser therapy and why is it used? Much like many other tools used by chiropractic physicians to assist in relieving acute and chronic pain, laser therapy offers a non-invasive, non-painful, not to mention, non-addictive approach. It is relatively new to the US, introduced in 2002, but laser therapy dates all the way back to the days of Albert Einstein.
The purpose of the laser, without getting too technical, is to interact with the tissues at a cellular level by stimulating the mitochondria (the power plant) within damaged cells to stimulate greater Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP) production creating more energy by way of specific wavelengths. This increase in energy aids in transforming damaged, unstable cells to undamaged healthy cells in a short amount of time. When cellular function is at an optimal level, injured tissues return to normal, function is restored and pain is relieved.
Laser therapy offers relief for a wide variety of conditions such as, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, acute and chronic pain in the shoulders, back, neck & knees, sports related injuries, neuropathies, edema & congestion, muscle sprains, shingles, golfers & tennis elbow and many other debilitating ailments.
What makes laser therapy so intriguing to the general public is that it is a non-invasive, non-toxic, non-pharmaceutical, cost effective treatment that can be applied to virtually any painful area of the body. When combined with other cutting edge therapies such as, non-surgical spinal decompression, therapeutic exercise and/or functional neurological rehabilitation many patients return to a pain free lifestyle and avoid many un-necessary surgeries.
Before seeking laser therapy, it is important to do a little research first. Laser therapy is classified according to its power output, with class IV being the most powerful laser available. The amount of power is going to determine how deep the laser will penetrate into the body to aid in healing deep underlying tissues, increasing blood flow and reducing inflammation. Palm Beach Chiropractic & Rehabilitation leads the way in utilizing the most advanced class IV high powered laser therapy technology available to promote pain relief and healing.