Laser therapy refers to the utilization of laser technology in the medical and therapeutic treatment of various conditions. Over the last 10 to 15 years, we have seen incredible progress in the field of laser therapy. Use of laser beams used to be limited to the healing of minor cuts and bruises, and even those therapy sessions lasted at least an hour or so. Current advancements have allowed health practitioners to utilize the technology to treat muscles and joints effectively. Not only that, the treatment process now only takes up to 5 minutes now.
Bristol Rehab and Medical Clinic is proud to house the state of the art laser technology, that is capable of penetrating to the deepest levels without causing any negative effects, treating effectively the various conditions related to muscle and joint pain. Our laser units are lightweight and easily portable, thus they very useful in providing on-site help to players on the playing field for minor and most normal injuries.
Positive Effects of Laser Therapy
There are is a mounting amount of evidence that suggests the various positive effects of laser therapy on the healing process and recovery. Here are just a few of them:
- Laser therapy has been found to encourage the creation of fibroblasts cells in the skin which in turn boosts the production of collagen. Fibroblasts are the cells which produce collagen and other fibers in the body, while collagen is a type of protein found in the skin and other connective tissue. Thus by enhancing the production of fibroblasts, laser therapy helps in reduction of scar tissue, and heals injury faster.
- Laser therapy also increases the synthesis of DNA and RNA. RNA uses the genetic information present in the DNA to build proteins in the body. Thus Laser technology enhances cell and protein generation, leading to faster muscle growth and faster healing.
- Another way laser technology helps in the healing process is by increasing blood circulation to the affected area. A higher circulation of blood means more oxygen and nutrients are available to the tissues helping faster tissue regeneration. Furthermore, a higher blood flow reduces the waste product storage time, thus reducing the chances of infections.
- Laser technology has also been found to help in the production of Adenosine Tri-Phosphate (ATP) in the body. ATP is a chemical found in various organisms including humans used to produce energy in the cells. This energy is in turn used by the body in the healing process along with many other utilizations.
- In many cases of it has been seen that there is swelling around an injury. This is due to the natural response of the body to pain. Use of laser technology also increases the flow of a fluid called “Lymph” by increasing lymph diameter. Thus swelling is reduced faster resulting in quicker recovery.
- Last but not the least, laser therapy has been shown to cause chemical reactions in the body which produce pain-relieving chemicals that relax the muscles and the nerves in the damaged area. Thus helping greatly in cases with acute pain and hyperactivity.
How safe is Laser Therapy?
Laser therapy is completely safe since our body has a natural ability to resist limited over-stimulation. Physiotherapists at Bristol Rehab, are fully aware of the “therapeutic window” for the wavelength of the laser, i.e. 630 to 905 mm. Within this range, the body can easily resist they over-stimulation, without any negative effects. Some people report feeling absolutely nothing during the therapy. Laser light stimulates the tissues at such minuscule level that it is not felt much, however, the stimulation is enough to generate the above-suggested effects and help in healing faster.
Conditions Treated by Bristol Rehab
Laser technology has been utilized in a vast range of conditions and diseases in the field of medicine and surgery. There are numerous applications in physical and rehabilitation therapy as well. Bristol Rehab and Medical Center has the technology, and professional skills necessary to treat following, but not limited to these conditions:
- Achilles tendonitis
- Acute sprains and strains and muscle tears
- Burns, cuts and bruises; diabetic ulcers
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Chronic Low Back and Neck pain
- Cold sores and shingles (post-herpetic)
- Heel spur pain and plantar fasciitis
- Jumper’s knee (patellar tendonitis)
- Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid arthritis of specific joints
- Post-surgery pain control and healing
- Runner’s knee (patellofemoral syndrome)
- Sciatica; Herniated or bulging discs
- Tennis and golfer’s elbow