At Bergin Motion, we not only have many techniques available to us as physiotherapists, but we also customize each treatment plan specifically for you and what will work best for your condition. Laser therapy is one example of a technique that can be very useful in relieving pain and helping the tissues heal.
How Does Laser Therapy Work?
Laser therapy, or low-level laser therapy (LLLT), is a process where light is used to stimulate cellular activity. The laser goes through the skin and is absorbed by cells. This absorption makes a reaction that creates ATP (adenosine triphosphate).
ATP is essential for cell function and is involved in many processes, including:
- Cellular metabolism
- Transport of nutrients across cell membranes
- DNA and RNA synthesis
- Muscle contraction
Because laser therapy can increase ATP production, it can help to improve cell function and promote tissue healing.
Is There Clinical Proof That it Works?
Yes! Many studies have been conducted on the efficacy of laser therapy. One systematic review looked at 18 different studies and found laser therapy to be effective for treating a variety of conditions, including:
- Myofascial pain syndromes
- Neck pain
- Low back pain
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Plantar fasciitis
If you’re looking for an evidence-based approach to your treatment, laser therapy may be right for you.
What Are the Benefits of Laser Therapy?
There are many benefits associated with laser therapy, including:
- Reduced pain
- Inflammation reduction
- Improved tissue healing
- Increased range of motion
- Muscle spasm relief
Is Laser Therapy Safe?
It may seem scary to hear the words Laser Therapy, but there is no need to worry. Laser therapy is a pain-free, non-invasive treatment that has been used for over 30 years with no serious side effects reported.
Does Laser Therapy Hurt?
No, laser therapy is a pain-free treatment. You may feel a slight warmth on your skin as the laser light penetrates, but most people find the treatments to be relaxing and often fall asleep during their session.
How Many Laser Therapy Treatments Will I Need?
The number of laser therapy treatments required will depend on the condition being treated. Generally, acute conditions (conditions that have developed over a short period of time) require fewer treatments than chronic conditions (conditions that have been present for weeks, months, or years). Most people see significant improvements after 3-5 laser therapy treatments.
Does it Help with Scar Tissue?
Yes, laser therapy can help to reduce the formation of scar tissue. Not only does laser therapy stimulate collagen production (collagen is the main protein found in connective tissue), but it also helps to break down existing scar tissue.
Can a Laser Relieve Pain?
Yes, laser therapy can be used to relieve pain. Laser therapy works by reducing inflammation and stimulating the release of endorphins (the body’s natural pain-relieving hormones). If you have been suffering from chronic pain for a longer period, laser therapy can help to provide some relief.
What Are the Different Types of Laser Therapies?
There are two main types of laser therapy: continuous wave (CW) and pulsed laser therapy (PLT). CW laser therapy is a constant beam of light that is used to target a specific area. PLT uses a pulsing beam of light that targets a larger area. Both CW and PLT laser therapies are effective in treating various conditions.
What Are the Side Effects of Laser Therapy?
Laser therapy is a safe and effective treatment with few side effects. The most common side effect is temporary redness or swelling at the site of treatment. This side effect usually resolves within a few hours after treatment.
If you’re looking for an effective, safe, and pain-free treatment option, laser therapy may be right for you. Contact a laser therapy provider in your area to learn more about this exciting treatment modality.
Is Laser Therapy Right for Me?
If you’re looking for an effective and safe treatment option with few side effects, laser therapy may be right for you.
At Bergin Motion laser therapy is a tool in our physiotherapist’s toolbox. We always consult with our clients and together we develop the best possible treatment plan. Laser therapy is one technique that has proven effective in returning our clients to optimum health.
If you want to learn more about laser therapy, contact Bergin Motion today. One of our expert physiotherapists will be happy to answer any of your questions.
Heathline article on the purpose, procedure and risks of laser therapy.
Wikipedia page on low-level laser therapy.
About the Author
Juliana Bergin PT is a certified physiotherapist and one of the owners of Bergin Motion. Bergin Motion is a family-run Barrie Physiotherapy Clinic located in Barrie’s Southend. Juliana specializes in orthopedic injuries. Juliana works with high-end athletes as well as weekend warriors. Juliana is part of a team at Bergin Motion in Barrie, Ontario that works with all kinds of conditions.
About Bergin Motion
The clinic in Barrie specializes in orthopedic, neurological, and pelvic health disciplines.
Bergin Motion treats clients at their clinic and in the comfort of their home if they cannot travel to the clinic.
Located in the south end of Barrie, Ontario, the physio clinic boasts 9000 sq. ft., with seven treatment rooms and a fully equipped gym.