Laser therapy is stimulation with low intensity light energy of natural healing processes in our body.
Laser in Physiotherapy uses red and infrared light at specific wavelengths and intensity which are known since 30 years to accelerate the cellular regeneration process. Laser uses low intensity light therapy (L.I.L.T.) for medical treatment and rehabilitation and it is not to be confused with high intensity laser which is used in laser surgery for tissue ablation.
During LASER Photons of light energy are absorbed selectively by injured cells, and transformed into biochemical energy in the mitochondria, which are the power plants within all cells. The converted energy stimulates production of new proteins needed for cellular repair of injured tendon, muscle, tendon, blood vessels and nerves. Just as plants absorb light to grow and repair, so do humans.
The term LASER is an acronym for the Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. In simple yet realistic terms, the laser can be considered to be a form of light amplifier – it provides enhancement of particular properties of light energy.
Laser Therapy treatment is a non-invasive therapy that makes use of intense beams of light of specific wavelengths to help reduce pain related to your injury.
When it comes to therapeutic use, lasers are often referred to as Cold Lasers, Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) or High Power Laser Therapy (HPLT). The Low-Level Laser Therapy utilizes red (and close to red) infrared light on areas of injury or wounds in order to mend the soft tissue and also to give relief from acute and chronic pain.
When the lights of specific wavelengths are targeted to a particular area of body, physiological changes take place in the cells. This process is known as photobiomodulation. In contrast to surgical lasers, the therapeutic lasers gently pass through your skin without breaking the skin or causing discomfort. Laser therapy is considered by many professionals and patients to be a very effective tool in improving injury condition.
Low Level Laser can work synergistically with manipulation and has fewer contraindications than ultrasound therapy – with LLLT the clinician can treat over plates, pins and patients with pacemakers. Therapeutic lasers are also effectively used on trigger points in musculoskeletal treatments and can provide drug-free pain relief, being of particular aid in the treatment of arthritic conditions and neuralgic pain.
Healed tissue which has been treated with laser has been shown to have improved quality and tensile strength, thus minimizing adhesions and scarring. Even pre-existing scar tissue has shown improvement after laser treatment.
Effects of LASER THERAPY on body
Conditions Treated with LASER THERAPY
Laser Physiotherapy at Dr. Ketan Bhatikar’s SPARC