How does laser therapy work?
Laser therapy is the use of laser energy to create therapeutic effects. Research has shown that these effects include improved healing time, pain reduction and increased circulation and decreased swelling. Although pain treatment is the most common use of lasers, there are many other problem that are treated successfully with the use of laser therapy, including enhanced lymphatic drainage which increases circulation and reduces swelling, and the release of tight muscles that create chronic pain, joint problems and decreased mobility.
What conditions does it treat?
The following is a partial list of conditions that have shown successful outcomes in recent studies:
- Tennis Elbow Sciatica
- Jaw Pain/TMJ
- Headaches & Migraines
- Herniated disc
- Soft tissue injuries
- Back and Neck pain
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Skin problems
HOT vs COLD lasers
There are two broad categories of lasers, HOT and COLD. Hot lasers are used for surgery, skin resurfacing, destroying tumours and when the power is lowered for pain relief. However, the heat that so effectively destroys tissue becomes a problem because the heat may slow down healing and cause burns. The Apollo laser used by Dr. Laroiya is safe and powerful cold laser.
Is the cold laser therapy painful?
No. Low level lasers do not generate perceivable heat. Therefore, when the laser contacts the skin the patient experiences no warmth or burning as a result of the laser. Most people feel nothing at all while a few may feel a slight tingling during the treatment.
Can laser treatments benefit me?
While some patients get immediate results, others require several treatments before there is a lasting effect. Since each person’s condition varies Dr. Laroiya will determine after review of your case if laser treatments can benefit you.