Laser therapy has become a popular method for treating various injuries. Many professional athletes and professional sports organizations are utilizing this technology because of its effectiveness in resolving many different injuries and conditions. Is it right for you?
The basic concept is the use of light energy (photons) to stimulate healing in a particular area of the body.
Different Types of Laser Therapy
These days we hear many different words used to describe a similar approach to treatment. Cold laser, low energy laser, LLLT or low level laser therapy, LILT or low intensity laser therapy or light therapy…these all aim to utilize certain wavelengths of light energy to facilitate healing.
How Long Has Laser Therapy Been Around?
The concept of using light to aid in healing is not a novel one. In fact, the idea was even utilized by the ancient Romans and Greeks! Obviously, with modern science treatment methods with light have evolved to be more sophisticated, precise and effective. LASER (Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation) was developed in 1960 and has proved to be an efficient way to deliver intense light at wavelengths that stimulate a specific biological and physiological response.
How Does Laser Therapy Work?
A good analogy is to think about how our body uses sunlight to start a series of reactions in our cells to make vitamin D. Just as there are certain receptors on our cell surfaces to receive photon energy from the sun, there are receptors on the cell surface that can receive photons at certain wavelengths to stimulate energy (ATP synthesis). As a result, healing!
Conditions Treated with Laser Therapy
At our Laser Physiotherapy clinic in Burlington, we use both the Bioflex and Theralase Laser Systems. As the treatment is aimed at actually stimulating cell regeneration, one can imagine the number of conditions that could potentially benefit from laser therapy. Arthritic conditions (Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid arthritis), overuse conditions (golfers and tennis elbow, achilles tendonosis, rotator cuff tendinosis), injuries (sprained ankle, rotator cuff tear, groin tear) and painful conditions (plantar fasciitis, bursitis, disc herniation) are just a few of the conditions that have shown to respond well with laser treatment.
Insurance Coverage for Laser Therapy
As always, the most important step in your quest to be healthy and pain free is to first obtain a proper diagnosis from a qualified practitioner. Call our Burlington Laser Clinic now for an appointment. Our skilled practitioners can discuss your treatment options and assist you in finding the right path to recovery. Your treatment at our clinic can be billed as either chiropractic or physiotherapy for insurance purposes (since the treatment can be performed by either practitioner).
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