Laser Therapy Northcote
During laser therapy (LT) different outputs and wavelengths are directly applied to the targeted area. The body tissues then absorb the light being transmitted. The light causes a reaction and the damaged cells and tissues respond with a physiological reaction that promotes tissue regeneration and healing. The procedure is painless and non-invasive. You will hear no sound and feel no vibration. Treatments times are typically a few minutes long. The main effects of laser therapy are relief from pain and inflammation and tissue repair. Laser therapy is used in a variety of ways by doctors, dentists, physical therapists and other medical professionals.
What Are The Benefits?
The benefits of LT include:
- Pain relief
- Reducing inflammation
- Reducing swelling
- Improved blood circulation
- Boosts the immune system
- Increased joint flexibility
- Speeds up wound healing
- Speeds up recovery time post injury/surgery
- Improved neurological function
- It’s natural, safe & non-intrusive
- Drug free pain relief
- Requires no down time post treatment
- Complementary to other treatment methods such as chiropractic and massage
Athletes also love the benefits that Laser Therapy has to offer them.
In addition to the benefits outlined above, Laser Therapy:
- Improves endurance
- Reduces muscle fatigue
- Improves strength
- Reduces the likelihood of injury
- Speeds up recovery time post injury
- Reduces the change of re-injury
What Conditions Can It Treat?
LT is by no means limited to the conditions listed below. As it has a positive overall effect on boosting the body’s immune system. The benefits of using LT as a part of an integrative approach to maintaining health and wellness cannot be over emphasised!
Laser Therapy can treat a range of conditions such as;
- Neck and back pain & injuries
- Disk herniation
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Wound healing & scarring
- Fracture Healing
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Frozen Shoulder
- Repetitive Strain Injuries
- Chronic Pain
- Sporting Injuries, including muscles, tendons & ligaments
- Improving athletic performance
- Increasing energy levels
- Peripheral nerve damage
- Help support sufferers of Autoimmune conditions
Are there any side effects of LT?
Although there are no known side effects of LT, if the condition being treated is a chronic one, some individuals may experience a slight increase in their level of discomfort. This is however is a response that soon settles, and is due to the increase in blood supply to the affected area, and is in fact a sign that healing is taking place.
How many sessions will I need?
You may notice an improvement following your very first LT treatment. In as few as 4-6 treatments, you will benefit from improved blood circulation, less inflammation and cell revitalisation, enabling the body to start healing, thus effectively treating the underlying cause of the pain, rather than just treating the symptoms. LT also has the benefits of having a cumulative effect, with each treatment building on the previous one.
Do you have scientific research to prove that Laser Therapy works?
LT is fully backed by scientific research. In fact, there are 1000’s of studies available, with new ones being added almost every day.
Can you see the results or just feel the results?
This depends on what is being treated. Sometimes the results are just felt by you. For example, Fibromyalgia sufferers can feel a decrease in pain in their body and also an increase in their energy levels. Sometimes it can both be seen and felt, for example a sprained ankle may have both pain and swelling, both of which LT will help to reduce.
Is it a solution that is short term or are the benefits long term?
LT can quickly offer relief for acute conditions. For chronic conditions, 2-3 sessions a week for the first 2-3 weeks may be recommended in order to optimise results. The great thing about LT is that it has a cumulative effect. As a result, the time between visits will increase as the condition improves. Following completion of your treatment program, it may (but not always) be necessary to come back in for a quick ‘booster’ session in 3-6 months. Often, once the condition has been resolved, no further treatment is required.
Can I use it in conjunction with other types of treatments?
Research has shown that LT works well in combination with other treatment methods, such as chiropractic, physiotherapy and massage at reducing and managing pain in the body. One particular study of neck pain sufferers showed that patients found an improvement in both range of motion and reduction in pain by combining both LT and chiropractic as opposed to only one or the other.
Are there any contraindications?
- In the vicinity of a pacemaker
- Active fever (body temperature higher than 38oC)
- During stages of acute infection (including localised infections)
- Over haemorrhages
- Not on potentially cancerous lesions
What can I expect from the session?
A session time takes approximately 10-15 minutes to treat one area. For your own comfort, it is a good idea to wear loose fitting clothing. Depending on the area being treatment, you will either be sitting or lying down. In the majority of cases, the laser will be applied directly onto the skin. Treatment is non-invasive and pain free. If more than one area needs to be treated it may be necessary to book a double session.
How do I maximise the benefits of LT?
Each LT treatment has a cumulative effect, with each session building on the last one. As a result, your body will continue to respond and promote healing on a cellular level after each treatment has finished. If taking anti inflammatories it is more beneficial (but not essential) to have treatment prior to taking this medication. Avoid applying creams and lotions prior to treatment. Ideally, allow the body time to rest for about 20-30 minutes following a treatment, after which you can go about your day as normal. Optimum results are best achieved by ensuring that you are well hydrated and have the ideal nutritional support for your condition.