Are you taking medications to relieve pain? Are these medications truly helping you? It is important to understand that medications are a temporary relief for pain. Why not consider physical therapy and laser therapy? Laser therapy is a non-invasive, drug-free solution for pain. Laser therapy works by increasing blood flow to the targeted area to allow medical professionals, such as physical therapists, to provide a solution for pain relief and tissue regeneration to their patients.
If you are considering laser therapy, it is crucial to select the right laser applicator. A physical therapist who specialises in laser therapy will begin the procedure by evaluating the type and depth of the condition that needs to be treated. Laser therapy is determined by collimation (spot size/spread of light source or how deep into the muscle tissue the laser must reach to relieve symptoms), wavelength, and power.
Technology is becoming more common in physical therapy practices as it has progressed and become more advanced. Enhanced Physical Therapy has recently added the Vectra Genisys Transport Laser in our office. This device allows us to have a simple way of providing feedback and keeping track of the history of our patients. Each applicator has a specific area that targets the body.
A single emitter laser diode is ideal for knee, wrist, and ankle, whereas the 9 Diode Cluster is ideal for neck and shoulder. If a patient is experiencing pain in the thigh, shoulder, or back, the 13 Diode Cluster is the best to use. If large body areas are inflicted with pain, the 33 Diode Cluster is the way to go. Your physical therapist will be able to provide you with the information and a recommendation for which laser to use for your specific injury or condition.
Laser therapy uses different sources of light and each has its own use and characteristics. The Laser Diode, for example, targets areas where problems are deeper into the body but are perfectly capable in treating superficial conditions. Another example is the Super Luminous Diode, which is more common for treating superficial conditions. The Light Emitting Diodes, which target a few millimeters into the body’s tissue, is best used when conditions are very close to the surface.
Laser therapy has many benefits. The first is providing relief to symptoms including minor muscle and joint aches, pain, and stiffness. Laser therapy also increases blood circulation to provide the appropriate flow of oxygen in the blood to localized areas and can sooth and relieve muscle spasms by relaxing the muscles.