Feb 17, 2017
What is Laser Therapy?
Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT), also known as cold laser therapy, is a light focused, painless, drug free, and non-invasive treatment option. Unlike lasers used for surgery, laser therapy clinics work with low levels of light and do not produce any heat. At our clinic here in Boise, lasers supply energy to the body by focusing photons in a specific wavelength at the body, allowing the light to enter through the skin and increase the functioning of the immune system, speed the recovery time of damaged cells, and decrease inflammation. Because of its noninvasive nature and its ability for increased precision, laser therapy also results in less pain, swelling, and scarring and allows for better and faster healing than a surgery.
What Can be Treated with Laser Therapy?
A laser therapy clinic typically focuses on wound healing, anti-inflammation, pain reduction, and immune system regulation. This most often manifests itself in conditions such as spine pain (back and neck problems, whiplash), headaches, nerve pain (carpal tunnel, stress injuries), muscle and soft tissue pain (fibromyalgia, plantar fasciitis, heel spurs) joint and tendon pain (bursitis, arthritis, TMJ). Low light laser therapy in certain instances has also been shown to improve metabolism and blood circulation, decrease blood pressure, increase the effectiveness of certain painkillers, and promote enhanced blood clot formation.
What to Expect?
Our laser therapy in Boise is very non-intrusive. The light therapy applicator is generally about the size of a flashlight. Treatment can last anywhere from a few minutes up to half an hour. Generally the only sensation felt is the touch of the laser head as it comes in contact with the skin. Laser therapy works best when it is applied directly to the skin, allowing all of the light energy to be absorbed into the body. Clothing can act as a barrier causing energy to be reflected or absorbed by the material. Occasionally, a feeling of slight tingling or warmth is noted, but this is generally uncommon. Most patients see improvement almost immediately with acute issues beginning to subside after one to three treatments. Length of treatment varies from person to person and depends on the condition and magnitude of the injury.
At Advantage Spine and Disk we specialize not only in decompression therapy in Boise, but also in low light laser therapy. We know that relief from pain is crucial for a life well lived and we want to help. Set up an appointment to see if laser therapy can help you.