Low Intensity Laser Therapy is healing with light. Specific red and infrared frequencies are applied to injured or painful areas via special light packs or arrays, followed by a laser probe. The light (photons) is absorbed by specific cellular proteins called chromophores (like chlorophyll in a plant). An example is the mitochondria of the cell, which is the cell’s energy, maintenance and repair “department”. Like a battery, the mitochondria get charged with the light’s energy. With an increase in energy, healing of the surrounding cell tissues occurs much better and faster.
Laser treatments are effective for many conditions such as: arthritis, tendinitis, plantar fasciitis, joint injuries, cuts and bruises, soft tissue injuries, and so much more.
Why this therapy assists with a variety of different conditions is because it works at the cellular level. Wherever there are cells requiring a boost of energy, healing takes place. Whatever your issue, there is a good chance that it will improve significantly.
A series of treatments, 2 or 3 times per week is necessary to start, so that the cells build up energy. A recent injury heals quickly, around 10 treatments is average. An old or long standing issue could take more time, 30 or more treatments. How much light the cells need to absorb before changes are observed is different for each person.
Most people feel nothing at all or just a slight warmth from the light arrays. It doesn’t hurt. This is not a surgical laser, nothing is being cut or burned. The effect during or shortly after a session is a deep relaxation from beta-endorphins being released in the body.
The length of treatments is determided by where on the body the laser is placed. For example, a back or hip will require more time than an arm or hand where the treatment area is more superficial. An assessment will better determine length of time, cost and number of sessions suggested. As a general rule, cost is the amount of time plus $5, so a 30 minute session costs $35, a 60 minute session costs $65, etc.
Call me at 780-414-1245 for more information.