Laser Therapy for Decreased Inflammation and Pain Management
Pain and inflammation can be caused by any number of conditions, such as arthritis and joint diseases. In fact, these two particular conditions affect nearly 350 million people worldwide. There are many different ways to treat both acute and chronic inflammation, and while many individuals turn to over the counter pain medications, laser therapy is becoming a more popular alternative option for pain management.
How Laser Therapy Helps with Pain Management
When most people think of using a laser for medical treatments, they often think of using it to cut open soft tissue during surgical procedures. While lasers are often used for these purposes, cold laser therapy is becoming a popular treatment option for those who are suffering from both acute and chronic pain associated with inflammation.
Cold lasers are a completely different classification of laser technology. The lasers used in surgical situations that are capable of cutting through the body’s tissue are considered Class 4 “Cold” lasers. Cold laser therapy utilizes a Class 4 laser.
Class 4 lasers utilize a much lower level of light to penetrate the skin’s tissue, without heating it up. This form of laser therapy uses light wavelengths between 600 and 700 nanometers (nm), but can also utilize wavelengths between 780 and 950 nm for deeper penetration.
This painless procedure is becoming more common in chiropractic treatments to help with minor injuries and sprains, including:
- Muscle strain
- Ligament sprains
- Neck pain
- Lower back pain
- Knee pain
Most treatments last only around 10 minutes and allow you to return to your normal daily activities right away. While a slight improvement in pain may be felt after initial treatment, it typically takes five or more treatments to start feeling the full effects and to resolve your ailment.
Laser Therapy at Coastal Integrative Health in Leland
It doesn’t matter if you are suffering from acute or chronic inflammation – both lead to pain that should never be taken lightly. Depending on the condition, there are several different options available when devising a pain management program for patients, including laser therapy.
If you think laser therapy could be an option to help with your pain management, contact us today to set up your consultation.