What is laser therapy?
Laser therapy, also known as cool/cold laser, low-level/low-intensity laser or photobiomodulation is proven safe for patients of all age ranges and for a huge array of neuromuskuloskeletal conditions.
It helps promote ATP (energy) production within injured tissues at a cellular level, which boosts the cellular metabolism and healing capabilities. For best results, it is used cumulatively, with many short treatments over multiple days and weeks. It produces no heat and therefore is not capable of damaging tissue in the body. Cells of our body naturally have the ability to resist over-stimulation, meaning it is not possible to harm tissue by overdosing, as long as the therapeutic laser is used in the therapeutic window, and remains below the maximum permissible exposure of tissue.
What to expect during Laser Treatment
If one of our highly trained and skilled practitioners finds that laser therapy is a suitable treatment option for you, you will be provided a set of protective eyewear to wear during the procedure to protect you from possible light exposure. Depending on the area of treatment, the practitioner will place the laser over the area of injury for 3-5 minutes at a time, where you should not feel any discomfort or pain. Most people do not feel anything during the treatment, though some describe it as light tingling. The practitioner may decide to provide this treatment several times to different areas to ensure all the affected tissue is addressed. No discomfort should be felt during or following this modality.
Laser quickly reduces swelling in acute injuries caused by bruising or inflammation of joints to provide enhanced joint mobility.
Effectively stimulates deep tissue regeneration and relieves pain and inflammation naturally. The treatment helps to give your cells a boost of energy along with an endorphin rush!
Reduces scar tissue formation and helps decrease the amount of fibrotic collagen tissue formation following surgeries, injuries and trauma. This helps to reduce the likelihood of chronic pain development in an acute injury.
The laser used for tissue relief are not strong enough to damage cells, even when used 24 hours a day, resulting in extremely safe treatment. Its even used by veterinarians for our furry friends!
Laser therapy is safe, and Health Canada and FDA approved. This technology is non-invasive, non-toxic, currently utilized in 52 countries world-wide, and has been heavily researched since 1959.
Over 4,000 clinical studies worldwide have proven the efficacy of low-level laser therapy in treating a host of musculoskeletal, dermatological and neural conditions.
During more than twenty years of use by practitioners around the world, very few side effects have ever been reported.
If a patient is allergic or ultra sensitive to light they may show signs of skin irritation for a few days.
Occasionally some chronic injuries or chronic pain syndromes may feel slight aggravation post-treatment as the healing response occurs. This normally manifests as a low grade ache and only lasts a few hours after exposure; this can be treated locally with an ice pack for 10-20 minutes at a time.
Pregnancy: There is no evidence of harm to an unborn baby, however there are no safety tests either, so it is not recommended to treat directly over the developing foetus through the abdomen. It may be used on pregnant women for the treatment of back pain etc.
Thyroid: There is no evidence of harm and there is some evidence of benefit for treating Hashimoto’s thyroiditis with LLLT. As with many things in life too much of what is good for us may be harmful and so it is conceivable that a high intensity laser treatment direct to the thyroid might (temporarily) stimulate (or inhibit) some thyroid activity. We suggest not applying lasers directly over the thyroid.
Tattoo: Treatment over a tattoo with a higher irradiance laser may cause pain as the dye absorbs the laser energy and gets hot.
Please note that it is NOT a contraindication to treat over pins, metal plates, plastic, or pacemakers.
Cold lasers used for treating tissue are non-ionizing (unlike gamma rays, x-rays and far UV light). In turn, there is no DNA damage. The wavelengths were also selected carefully to ensure no tissue damage.
Non-ionizing radiation is the term given to radiation in the part of the electromagnetic spectrum where there is insufficient energy to cause ionization. It includes electric and magnetic fields, radio waves, microwaves, infrared, near ultraviolet, and visible radiation (World Health Organization).