What is Deep Tissue Laser Therapy?
Deep tissue laser therapy is a non-invasive means of reducing pain and inflammation and accelerating the healing process without the use of drugs or surgery. Through a phenomenon known as photobiomodulation, Class IV therapy lasers can be used to alter the condition of damaged tissue by flooding it with photons, which stimulates cellular metabolism. This leads to increased circulation through the tissue, and ultimately pain relief. Deep tissue laser therapy can be easily used with patients of all ages.
Laser therapy has proven effective in treating acute conditions, chronic conditions like arthritis, and post-surgical pain. The benefits of this treatment include a reduction in swelling and muscle spasms, as well as a reduction in the type of nerve interference that can lead to pain, swelling, and dysfunction of the spine, shoulders, hips, knees, and feet. It can also be used to treat spinal injuries, muscle spasms, nerve pain, shoulder pain, low back pain, knee pain, foot pain, and many other areas.
For more than 10 years, deep tissue laser therapy has been used extensively as a tried-and-true method of pain relief by athletic trainers in the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, FIFA, and Olympic teams. Now, Family Chiropractic & Wellness has access to this technology so that you can experience the healing warmth and pain relief that were previously available only to professional athletes.
Why Deep Tissue Laser Therapy?
The type of lasers used in deep tissue laser therapy are FDA-approved and adhere to strict ISO standards in order to provide the safest non-invasive treatment option available. Depending on the patient’s condition, they can offer a safe and effective alternative to drugs and/or surgery.
Deep tissue laser therapy gets patients out of pain very quickly, with most patients experiencing pain relief within three to five short treatments. Quick results like these also make deep tissue laser therapy a cost-effective method of treatment.
Deep tissue laser therapy is a non-invasive modality of treatment. The patient usually feels a soothing warmth during the session.
Depending on the condition or conditions being treated, deep tissue laser therapy can be used as:
- An adjunct to prescription drugs
- A substitute for surgery
- A pre-surgery treatment
- A post-surgery treatment to accelerate healing
- A long-term pain management solution
- Acute injury treatment
What to Expect
Once the practitioner determines that deep tissue laser therapy is an appropriate treatment option, a laser therapy session usually lasts between five and 10 minutes. Laser therapy treatments are administered directly to the skin, as the laser light cannot penetrate through layers of clothing. Most patients report experiencing a soothing warmth during the session.
While the Class IV laser used in these sessions is safe to use for treating affected tissue, there is the potential risk of eye injury from direct or reflected laser light. Therefore, both the practitioner and the patient wear safety glasses during the session, just as a precaution.
If the affected tissue consists of bony prominences (knees and elbows, for example), the handheld device used to administer laser therapy will involve off-contact treatment, with the device hovering just over the tissue. For deep-tissue structures, such as a bicep or a quadricep, a massage-ball attachment on the device will be used for on-contact treatment. This attachment allows the practitioner to physically manipulate the tissue while administering treatment, resulting in a laser-massage treatment that enables laser light to penetrate deeper into the tissue.
If deep tissue laser therapy is determined to be an appropriate method of treatment for you, Dr. Kristie can design a treatment plan that addresses your condition, and she will discuss it with you beforehand.