What Is Light Therapy?
Ankle sprains, burns, disc bulges, sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome, muscle strains, rotator cuff pain, headaches, nerve inflammation, knee swelling, back pain, sports injuries, arthritis, TMJ, plantar fasciitis. If you have struggled with any of the above conditions without relief from other treatments, then laser therapy may be the answer for you. It is so successful in treating sports injuries and chronic conditions that over 250 pro, college, and Olympic sports teams utilize LightForce Lasers to aid in recovery. One of the newest, most innovative technologies recently on the healthcare market is available to individuals around the St. Louis area.
How Does it Work?
Laser Therapy is a treatment that focuses on light to stimulate a process at the cellular level called photobiomodulation (PBM). The LightForce Laser will press against the injured area, and the photons that enter the body will stimulate the mitochondria within the cells to produce more ATP (the body's energy system). This increase in energy at the injured area allows for a greater healing rate, decreased pain, and reduced inflammation. The key is the Class IV laser's invention, which can target tissues below the skin much better than the Class III laser. The picture below is a prime example of the difference between the Class IV (left) and the Class III (right).
How does it feel?
Most laser therapy treatments are administered directly to the skin; however, non-contact heads are available for specific conditions and individuals. Patients will feel a soothing warmth as the glass ball dispensing the light is applied to the damaged tissue. Many patients report a therapeutic effect as the treatment is occurring and commonly refer to it as a "laser massage."
What's the Length and Quantity of Treatments?
A usual treatment lasts anywhere from 2:30-4:30 minutes, depending on the injured area size and the injury's chronicity. Higher powered lasers deliver more energy in a smaller amount of time, and since we have a 26-Watt laser, this allows for a shorter treatment time. The number of treatments needed is usually specific for each individual, but generally, results are evident after 3-5 visits. But improvement is commonly noticed even after only one use. As pictured below, the 10-watt laser can penetrate more than the 5-watt, which is a testament to our 26-Watt laser's strength compared to others on the market.
Recover Faster Today
Comprehensive Chiropractic staff members utilize laser therapy all the time for their injuries, and so should you. If you are looking for a non-surgical, drug-free way to experience rapid pain relief, then laser therapy may be an excellent option for you. The solution for your pain is only a couple of minutes away. Schedule an appointment online or call us today 636-938-9310.
For more information, watch a detailed video explaining laser therapy at https://www.lightforcemedical.com/laser-therapy/
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Dr. Caleb Gorman graduated from Logan University in Chesterfield, Missouri in 2020. He has a passion for functional movement, rehabilitation, and sports performance. Dr. Gorman has extensive knowledge of the human musculoskeletal system as he served as an anatomy and neuroanatomy tutor at Logan University’s Cadaver Lab for over two years. Caleb’s treatment and assessment certifications include Active Release Technique (ART), Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS), Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA), and Trigger Point Dry Needling.
Comprehensive Chiropractic & Sports Performance is your Complete Wellness Center. St. Louis turns to us for chronic pain relief, injury rehabilitation, and treatment for many other conditions. We believe that our health is our greatest asset. Any effort we make towards taking care of ourselves is valuable and necessary.