low level laser therapy is a painless, sterile, non-invasive, drug-free treatment which is used to treat a variety of pain syndromes, injuries, wounds, fractures, neurological conditions and pathologies. laser therapy can be used any time a patient requests or needs a drugless procedure for the control of pain, when conventional therapies have been ineffective or when the acceleration of healing from injuries is desired.
around the world, laser therapy is rapidly becoming a medical therapy that can heal wounds and fractures up to 60% faster and also reduce the cost of treatment for many conditions. in the u.k., low level laser therapy has become the treatment of choice for soft tissue “whiplash” injuries and for the treatment of painful post-herpetic neuralgia (shingles pain).
what to expect during a laser therapy treatment session.
for most people, laser therapy is quite passive. there are no pulsating shocks felt, as in forms of electronic stimulation, nor heat used as with ultrasounds. the most noticeable sensation is the touch of the probe head of the loser, as it comes in contact with the skin.
some patients (3-5% of those undergoing light therapy) have reported a slight tingling or tapping in a nerve or along a nerve pathway. some have noted that they are able to sense a slight feeling of warmth. but for the most part, the treatment, which may last from 2 to 20 minutes, is not noticed at all.
following (and even during) a laser therapy session, approximately 75-80% of patients being treated can notice an immediate improvement in their condition. this will depend primarily on the type of condition and the length of time the condition has been present.
generally, the more chronic or severe the condition, the longer it takes to respond. the majority of conditions treated will take anywhere from 4-5 or 10-18 treatments. once again, the number of treatments depends upon the seventy of the condition and its duration. there are some conditions that will never completely resolve but can be helped and maintained with laser therapy. if your condition does not change immediately, it may take 3-4 sessions before a dramatic or marked change is perceived.