Why Laser Therapy Heals & Relieves Pain
Laser therapy uses focused red and infrared light to stimulate tissue at and below the skin surface. In the simplest terms, laser therapy uses light energy to heal the body from within on a cellular level. Used for decades in humans and more widely in sports medicine, it is non-surgical, non-invasive, and painless. Photons of light are gently streamed over the affected area.
Some of the well-known biological effects of laser are cartilage stimulation, production of fibroblasts (the cells that create healing tissue), enhancement of immune cells to combat pathogens, and increasing the blood supply of the healing tissue. More than 3,000 scientific publications have been written validating laser therapy's effectiveness.
Why laser therapy works:
- Decreases inflammation and edema (enhances white blood cell activity and lymphatic drainage, strengthens cells)
- Stimulates cartilage production and nerve regeneration
- Accelerates wound healing and tissue repair (stimulates collagen and fibroblast production)
- Increases circulation (important to healing)
- Decreases pain (produces endorphins and releases serotonin)
- Relaxes muscles
- Simulates acupuncture points
Common indications for laser therapy
- Arthritis (degenerative joint disease)
- Post-surgical pain
- Wound and trauma to the skin, muscle, or bone
Other indications for laser therapy include muscle spasms, trigger points, areas of decreased circulation, inflammation, scar tissue, contracture, and joint swelling.
Learn more about therapeutic laser from ABC News.
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