Pain management is a field where many practitioners get frustrated. In our clinic we visualize it all the time as a lot of the more difficult cases come in after they have seen everybody else and also a chiropractor is their last resort. Chronic pain doesn’t always mean that we’ve to do more, sometimes what might appear to be a very little treatment can easily produce marvelous results.
Laser therapy is a popular treatment now everything from foot fungus to weight loss. Now personally, I haven’t seen the studies that it is effective for all of the many uses people are finding for it, but I know from the research and from my own clinical experience that it is an effective therapy for pain management conjunction with some of the more standard methods like physical therapy, chiropractic, severe injury and chronic injury operations protocols and dynamic neuromuscular stabilization.
The theory is the laser beam excites the targeted cells in the injured tissue, causing the cells to transmit a signal that healing needs to occur in the area being cared for. This signal travels throughout the blood, connective tissues, and nervous system to significantly increase the body’s response and treatment time. Interestingly, researchers have also discovered that LLLT boosts healing throughout the entire body, not just in the location being treated.
Many would be surprised to learn that more is not better when it comes to LLLT; the effective dose is pretty small. Typical treatments can take as few as five minutes and are administered repeatedly per week over a course of 2-3 weeks for maximum and sustained effect. In our clinic it is among the most used modalities. Often the sufferer responds quickly with reduced summary complaints, decreased muscle spasm, and increased ROM in the affected area. If you are suffering from carpal tunnel, neck and lower back pain, tendonitis, knee pain, or a variety of painful conditions, give laser therapy a try to see if it is right for you.