We are now offering Laser Therapy!
One of the newest and most cutting edge therapeutic method coming in to the medical world is laser therapy. It is a non-invasive treatment that utilizes a laser to deliver energy to damaged or inflamed tissues. Laser therapy gained FDA approval in 2003 and has been steadily gaining popularity and notoriety, mostly thanks to an increase in proper research on the subject as well as word of mouth from satisfied patients. During therapy, the power and specific wavelength of the laser allows it to penetrate surface tissues and deliver energy to deeper systems and tissues. When cells absorb this light energy, it initiates a series of events in the cells that can result in normalizing damaged or injured tissue, a reduction in pain, inflammation and edema as well as an overall reduction in healing time by increasing intracellular metabolism. Specifically, it stimulates the cytochrome oxidase enzyme in the mitochondria to produce more ATP, which is the basic form of energy for our cells.
- All sorts of acute injuries, such as strains, sprains, and shoulder injuries.
- Repetitive-use injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome & golf/tennis elbow.
- Traumatic injuries, such as post-motor vehicle accidents with cervical strain/sprain.
- Post-Surgical recovery and rehabilitation.
- Chronic issues such as frozen shoulder and arthritis.
- Neuropathy, Radiculopathy & Fibromyalgia pain.
- Further research is currently even more applications for this amazing technology.
Appointments for laser therapy can typically last from 10-15 minutes, with the actual therapy usually taking anywhere between 3-10 minutes. The actual treatment is described as relaxing by most, you sit or lay comfortably while the provider uses the laser to apply the energy to the desired tissue. There is a warming sensation from the process but it should never, ever become hot. For treatment, there does need to be laser to skin contact at the treatment area; typically clothing can be planned ahead to allow for access to the treatment area, otherwise gowns can be utilized to ensure proper access to the area. The majority of patients can get some results as soon as after the first treatment, while for some more complicated or chronic issues, it can take a few more treatments to get closer to the desired outcome. Ideal treatment plans begin with 2-3 consecutive treatments followed by 2-3 per week depending on the patient. Most patients will see marked improvements by or before the 5th treatment.
Our laser is proudly designed, manufactured and assembled in America by the CAO Group in Utah. They are one of the largest producers of diode lasers in the world! Their flagship therapy laser, the Pilot Diode Laser, is capable of a maximum of 9 Watts and operates in the 810 nm wavelength to ensure penetration of tissue.
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