Laser therapy (also called photobiomodulation) uses specific wavelengths of light (red and near-infrared) to create therapeutic effects.
These effects include shortened healing duration, decrease in level of pain, increase in circulation, and decreased swelling. To most patients it feels like a flashlight illuminating their skin at close range.
Laser therapy has been widely used in Europe by physical therapists, nurses, and doctors as far back as the 1970’s. After receiving FDA clearance in 2002, laser therapy is now used extensively in the United States.
What are some of the effects of laser therapy? Each laser energy treatment has the effect of increasing circulation and drawing water, oxygen, and nutrients to the damaged area. This creates an optimal healing environment that allows reduction of inflammation, swelling, muscle spasms, stiffness, and pain. As the body tissue returns to normal, proper function is restored and pain is relieved.
Why K-Laser? At Seacrest, we prefer to use the K-Laser brand. The K-Laser is a class IV laser, which is one of the more powerful therapeutic lasers available today. This means that treatment times are greatly shortened and that therapeutic benefits can penetrate as deeply as needed. Additionally, our laser includes preset programs that allow safer and more consistent treatment outcomes.
How long does a treatment session last? A typical treatment for an individual visit ranges from 3 to 9 minutes, depending on the size of the involved area.
How frequently should a patient be treated? Acute conditions may require daily sessions, especially if they are accompanied by significant pain. Problems that are more chronic will respond better when treatments are received 2 or 3 times a week, tapering off to once a week or once every other week, with improvement.
How many treatments does it take? For some acute conditions, 1 to 6 treatments may be all that is required. For more chronic health problems, 10 to 15 (or more) treatments may be necessary. Conditions such as severe arthritis may respond best to ongoing periodic care and pain control.
How long before the results are felt? In some cases, you may feel improvement immediately after the first treatment. At other times, it may take a few treatments before you feel improvement. This doesn't necessarily mean that the condition is not improving. Each treatment is cumulative; it can often take 3 or 4 sessions to feel the results.