WHAT IS DEEP TISSUE LASER THERAPY?
Deep Tissue laser therapy, is a painless, sterile, non-invasive, drug-free treatment which is used to treat a variety of pain syndromes, injuries, wounds, fractures, neurological conditions and pathologies. Laser therapy can be used any time a patient needs a non-invasive procedure for the control of pain, when conventional therapies have been ineffective, or when the acceleration of healing from injuries is desired.
Clinical Benefits of Laser Therapy
1. Anti-Inflammation: Laser therapy can reduce swelling by increasing the blood supply to the area and activating the lymphatic drainage system (drains swollen areas). As a result, there is a reduction in swelling caused by bruising or inflammation.
2. Anti-Pain (Analgesic): Laser therapy decreases nerve sensitivity. Also, due to decreased inflammation, there is less swelling and less pain.
3. Accelerated Tissue Repair and Cell Growth: Photons of light from lasers penetrate deeply into tissue and accelerate cellular reproduction and growth. The laser light increases the energy available to the cell so that the cell can take on nutrients faster and get rid of waste products quicker.
4. Improved Vascular Activity: Laser light may significantly increase the formation of new capillaries in damaged tissue which speeds up the healing process, closes wounds quickly and reduces scar tissue
5. Increased Metabolic Activity: Laser therapy creates higher outputs of specific enzymes, greater oxygen and food particle loads for blood cells.
6. Trigger Points and Acupuncture Points: Laser therapy stimulates muscle trigger points and acupuncture points non-invasively, thereby providing musculoskeletal pain relief.
7. Reduced Fibrous Tissue Formation: Laser Therapy reduces the formation of scar tissue following tissue damage from cuts, scratches, burns or surgery.
8. Improved Nerve Function: Laser light helps speed up the process of nerve regeneration and increase the signal to the nerves for quicker restoration of symptoms such as weakness, numbness or tingling.
9. Immunoregulation: Laser light enhances your immune system for quicker and better healing.
10. Faster Wound Healing: Laser light stimulates post operative recovery after surgery.
Laser therapy has been shown to reduce inflammation by increasing the amount of vaso-dilating and anti-inflammatory compounds such as prostaglandin PGI2. It has also been shown to reduce Interleukin 1 (IL-1), a pro-inflammation component that is connected to inflammatory diseases like Rheumatoid arthritis. Deep tissue laser treatments have been shown to stimulate increased levels of beta-endorphins. B-endorphins are neuropeptides that serve as natural analgesics to reduce pain. To accelerate tissue repair, the infrared diodes affects the mitochondria. The mitochondria is the part of the cell responsible for producing ATP (adeno-triphosphate); the chemical energy of the cell. Laser therapy has been shown to greatly accelerate the production of ATP, thus speeding up the overall activity of the cell. In cells responsible for repairing tissue, including bone, muscle, ligament, skin, and even nerves, this results in an increase rate of repair. These explanations are only a sample of a large list of mechanisms shown to be affected by laser therapy.