Laser sounds like a serious type of treatment, however you don’t need to worry at all. It assists with relief of pain and stimulates healing in your own tissue. And most of the time you won’t even feel anything. This article will explain to you exactly what you can expect from laser treatment.
When you think of laser, you might think of laser hair removal or laser eye surgery or maybe you’ve seen someone shine a laser pointer on a screen. But have you ever heard of laser being used as a treatment by physiotherapists? There are two types of laser, high powered lasers which are used in industry and engineering settings. Physiotherapist, use a laser that is called “Low Level Laser Therapy”. These type of lasers are called cold lasers because they do not burn. There are over 4000 studies proving the effectiveness of lasers used for tissue repair.
The term Laser is the acronym for: Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. Laser light is monochromatic, collimated, and coherent. A laser is a device that produces such a light. Now, that’s a mouthful. Let’s simplify these concepts. Light consists of waves, the same as sound waves. The light waves coming from a laser, has very specific qualities. It needs to be light waves of exactly the same colour, frequency and wavelength. And the waves move precisely parallel to each other. This creates a very concentrated, precise beam of light. Light coming from a laser, is created by specific process within the laser device to cause the controlled emission of radiation.
It has been extensively researched and investigated by western medicine and scientifically proven in numerous studies. True Acupuncture techniques used by reflexologists are not the same as the medically approved “Dry Needling”. The technique requires the insertion of fine stainless steel needles through the skin to the underlying deep structures such as muscles, fascia, ligament, etc.
These points are determined by the physiotherapist after thorough assessment of the underlying tissue. Acupuncture or Dry Needling are very effective in stimulating the body to heal itself and to relieve acute or chronic pain.
Dry needling is a very safe modality if done by a trained physiotherapist
In medical acupuncture, your practitioner will make a diagnosis using the same techniques as those of conventional medicine. Needles are inserted at certain points identified by the practitioner during his screening and assessment of your body. Acupuncture needles stimulate nerve endings and alter the way your brain functions, it also activates an immune response localized to the insertion point which accelerates the healing of the tissue.
- Needles inserted at different position/ points
- Diagnosis based on clinical examination and test
- Aim to restore normal movement (biomechanical structure)
- Uses it WITH OTHER types of treatment
Low level laser therapy (LLLT) is used by physiotherapists to treat various musculoskeletal conditions. It is a non-invasive light source treatment that emits no sound or vibration and very little to no heat. LLLT is believed to affect the function of connective tissue cells (fibroblasts), accelerate connective tissue repair and act to decrease inflammation. Although the skin is the organ that is naturally exposed to light more than any other organ, it still responds well to laser and infrared wavelengths.