Low-level laser therapy exposes injured tissues to low levels of red and infrared light to promote healing at a cellular level. A typical low-level laser therapy treatment is very straightforward. Our team will use a low-level laser over your injured area while you relax and your body begins the healing process. For example, let’s imagine you took a terrible fall a few weeks ago and rolled your ankle; we start with an evaluation to determine if a laser could help your heal. If so, you will be seated comfortably, and the laser will be used close to the skin. Treatment usually takes anywhere from 10-15 minutes and is painless. Patients often need 3-5 treatments to see a significant difference. If an area is very injured or has complications, more treatments could be recommended. After treatment is over, you are free to go about your day just the same. Now let’s talk a bit about what happens on a cellular level. The light exposes the cells near the injured area at a cellular level. It promotes collagen production, ATP production, a decrease in inflammation and allows the body to heal faster by giving cells the ability to function properly.
Why It Matters:
Knowing how it works and understanding how a typical treatment goes can give you the confidence to know that this could be a great way to help you decrease your pain. Low-level laser therapy is also:
- Easy to do and takes less than 1 hr of your time
- It is affordable and painless
- It is now available in our practice!
Suppose you are still on the fence about low-level laser therapy. In that case, the next step is to ask! We’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have regarding whether laser therapy is right for you. Overall low-level laser therapy is a fast, affordable, and safe treatment option for those suffering from chronic or acute injury or illness. On top of that, many elite athletes use low-level laser therapy as a treatment to help decrease their pain and improve their healing times.