Laser therapies have long been used by the medical profession to treat acute and chronic pain conditions including sports injuries and musculoskeletal pain. In recent years advances in technology as well as more clinical research including placebo-controlled trials have increased awareness of and access to the amazing healing power of laser therapy.
Low-Level laser therapy offers wellness practitioners the ability to deliver lasting results non-invasively and without the use of drugs. Therapeutic laser irradiation has been shown to be effective at relieving muscle and joint pain, promoting wound healing, and improving blood circulation.
Low-level laser light therapy also has anti-aging applications where the healing power of laser light therapy can be used to target wrinkles, age spots, scars and cellulite.
The Chronic Pain Epidemic
Chronic pain in the United States has reached epidemic proportions with research suggesting that one in five U.S adults suffer from chronic pain conditions. This has a huge impact both socially and economically with chronic pain sufferers taking more time off work and being more likely to struggle with daily activities and social engagements.
Chronic conditions include:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Plantar fasciitis
- Lower back pain
- Knee pain
- Shoulder pain
- Neuropathic pain (nerve pain)
- And Headaches
Chronic pain and inflammation can often be related back to a specific accident, injury or condition, but equally, patients may have no obvious injury or condition that is responsible for the pain. Chronic pain is complex and its effective treatment often requires a psychological as well as physical approach.
For many people pharmaceuticals are, or have traditionally been, the first port of call for reducing pain. However, pain management in the form of opioid painkillers comes with its own economic and social impacts, as while opioids offer effective temporary relief from the pain they come with the risk of addiction and abuse.
Finding an effective therapy for pain, especially chronic pain, can have a huge impact on patients’ lives and on the economy and society as a whole as the effects of pain can be so far-reaching.
With pain being one of the main reasons people seek medical help it is no surprise that there are a great many options for pain management including pharmaceuticals, chiropractic care, massage therapy, physical therapy, laser treatment, meditation and mindfulness, and marijuana. All of which have been shown to reduce pain.
It is also the case that different treatments are more effective for different types of pain. Pain killers may relieve pain but they do not contribute to tissue repair therefore effective treatment will often require a holistic approach combining a number of different treatments.
The Amazing Healing Power of Laser Therapy
Low-level laser therapy (LLLT) has been shown to be effective at reducing pain and inflammation, speeding up the healing of soft tissue damage, increasing blood flow, and treating peripheral neuropathy. One of the key benefits of laser light therapy is that it is non-invasive and can be used alongside other treatments. Therefore, the healing power of laser therapy is often utilized as part of a wider treatment plan.
Cold lasers use near-infrared light to deliver the laser’s energy directly into the tissue. Laser energy is absorbed by the body’s cells generating a photochemical response. The effectiveness of laser therapy comes from the fact that it stimulates the body’s natural healing responses. Laser light on the infrared spectrum stimulates blood flow drawing oxygen and nutrients to damaged tissue accelerating repair.
Receiving cold laser therapies is quick and painless. There is no need for recovery time as there is with surgery and no side effects as can be felt from medication. The healing power of cold lasers can often be felt by patients after the first treatment, especially when dealing with pain and stiffness such as low back pain, neck pain, carpal tunnel and foot pain. The power of cold laser therapy can also be utilized for treating acute conditions such as a torn rotator cuff or even speeding up recovery after exercise.
One of the effects of laser therapy is reduced inflammation. This makes it a powerful tool in treating spine pain including degenerative disc disease. Low-level lasers are used to promote spinal decompression reducing inflammation on the spinal cord and effectively treating pain. The spinal decompression effect of low-level laser treatment can also reduce muscle spasms, sciatic pain and pain from pinched nerves.
As well as being known as a powerful tool in treating muscle and joint pain and inflammation the power of cold laser therapy can also be harnessed to encourage skin rejuvenation. Low-level laser is commonly used by dermatologists to treat a number of conditions including burns, scarring, and rashes as well as being an impressive tool in the fight against aging reducing the appearance of both age spots and wrinkles.
When it comes to skin rejuvenation the healing power of cold lasers comes from the fact that laser light is absorbed by the mitochondria, the part of our cells responsible for protein and collagen.
Although research into understanding the true healing power of laser therapy is still ongoing the use of lasers has been shown to be both safe and effective for treating a number of acute and chronic conditions. Genesis one offers the best therapeutic and beauty lasers, created with the needs of patients and practitioners in mind. Or lasers provide industry leading technology, including game changing CHIP technology, at affordable prices to enable more people to benefit from the healing power of laser therapy.