Frequently Asked Questions

for Patients

When the photons of laser light penetrate the skin and underlying tissue, they are absorbed by the cells and converted into energy. This energy is key to helping the cells to become normal and healthy. As the cell membrane permeability is altered, a cascade of cellular events is triggered including:

  • Stimulation of ATP
  • Stimulation of respiratory chain
  • Increased DNA and RNA synthesis
  • Enhanced collagen synthesis
  • Increased levels of beta-endorphins and serotonin

A laser therapy treatment does not require the use of drugs or surgery, and there are no dangerous side effects or risks. Unlike many therapy products that only treat the symptoms and mask the pain temporarily, the therapy laser is able to treat the cause of the pain and injury, helping the body to heal itself.

In addition, Laser therapy provides enhanced treatment outcomes faster than any other treatment modality.  Each laser therapy treatment will:

  • Decrease inflammation
  • Decreased muscle tightness and soreness
  • Decrease pain
  • Increase range of motion and movement
  • Increase faster recovery and healing

Cold Laser Therapy (Low Level Light Therapy LLLT) was cleared by the FDA in 2001 with low power levels and low dosage treatments. Since that time new scientific and clinical discoveries have led to the development of higher power lasers, including the new High Intensity Class IV therapy laser which can provide significantly higher dosage levels, a key for positive clinical outcomes.

Treatments are performed by positioning the laser handpiece either directly on the skin or approximately ½” above the skin and surrounding the area of injury and pain with the laser treatment beam.  Various areas may be treated including:

  • Directly over the site of injury or lesion
  • Acupuncture points
  • Trigger points or tender points
  • Nerve roots or superficial nerve trucks

Depending on the condition, treatment times for this drug-free, non-invasive procedure will last on average 5 – 10 minutes but is based on the size of area, depth of penetration needed and condition being treated.

Laser therapy produces results quickly, with improvement often within the first treatment.  For many acute conditions 5 – 6 treatments are needed. Chronic conditions take longer and might require 6 – 12 treatments. While these are the averages, each person is unique and healing time varies by person and condition. For those with lifelong conditions your doctor may recommend periodic follow-up treatments.

Laser therapy has been in use for over thirty years around the world. There have been almost no side effects reported. Occasionally some old injuries or pain syndromes may feel aggravated for a few days, as the healing response becomes more active after a treatment.

Because the human eyes absorb light, specially designed protective safety eye-wear is required and is provided for both the person administering the laser treatment and the patient to wear during the laser therapy treatment.

There is no pain associated with a treatment and most patients notice a warm, often soothing feeling.

The moment a person leaves the clinic, they may resume normal daily activity. It is important to remember to not overexert for a few days, as the body is still healing.

Laser therapy may not be covered by insurance plans. If insurance does not cover the cost of treatments, there are affordable payment plans available.

Laser therapy can be used as a single therapy treatment, or as an adjunctive therapy in combination with other manual therapies such as chiropractic, massage therapy, acupuncture, or with devices including decompression therapy, electrical stim, and ultrasound therapy.

Yes, treatments can be safely administered over surgical – medical implants or metal.  Since the mechanism of action is photochemical, there is no deep heating involved with the laser treatments. Treatments can be administered post-surgery for faster healing and recovery.

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