Laser Therapy – Chicago, IL
When you are in pain and would like to treat it through holistic methods, you may want to consider laser therapy in Chicago, IL at the Taylor Rehabilitation & Wellness Center.
Are you experiencing chronic pain, inflammation, or acute conditions that are hindering your ability to enjoy your day to day life? If so, Taylor Rehabilitation & Wellness Center can help. Laser therapy in Chicago, IL uses a special process called photobiomodulation. In essence, this therapy directs light wavelengths deep underneath the skin. At a cellular level, the Chicago, IL laser therapy stimulates blood flow around the source of the pain, boosts nutrient levels, and reduces paid.
In terms of laser therapy in Chicago, IL, patients can find their inflammation and pain is reduced in hard and soft tissues, including muscles, tendons, ligaments, and sometimes bones.
What is Laser Therapy?
Laser therapy in Chicago, IL is still a fairly unknown 21st-century treatment modality that can have profound benefits for pain management and tissue healing.
What You Need to Know About Lasers
Lasers are classified according to their power output:
- Class 3a—maximum of 5 milliwatts of power (standard laser pointer)
- Class 3b—maximum of 500 milliwatts/0.5 watts
- Class 4—anything over 500 milliwatts/0.5 watts
The most significant issue with the clinical use of lasers is the depth of penetration. Power is also another crucial factor when it comes to laser therapy. Power is measured in watts, and you can think of it as the brightness of the light. A higher-powered laser is a brighter light, and it can produce more energy per unit of time. When it comes to doing laser therapy in Chicago IL, a higher-powered laser (Class 4) provides two benefits:
A therapeutic dose of laser light can be applied to a much larger volume of tissue
By shining that brighter light at the surface, photons of light are able to penetrate deeper into the tissues, which allows you to treat deep-seated pain conditions
Laser Therapy is Not the Same as Cold Laser Therapy
There is a difference between laser therapy Chicago, IL has to offer and cold therapy. Lasers for deep tissue are considered to be Class IV lasers. These emit between 5 and 25 w while cold lasers only emit around a maximum of 5 w. In other words, they are not as powerful.
Deep tissue lasers are able to target larger areas and those that are deep in the tissue of the body. It also takes less time to provide you with a therapeutic healing session at Taylor Rehabilitation & Wellness Center.
What Laser Therapy Can Treat
Laser therapy can treat both acute and chronic conditions:
Acute Conditions: In general, the sooner the acute condition can be treated, the better, as long as there is no active hemorrhaging. This ensures inflammation is reduced so the healing process can be expedited.
Chronic conditions: Laser therapy is often effective for chronic pain and inflammation for a broad number of ailments.
Laser therapy is safe, non-invasive, and gentle. There are very few side effects and the treatment can be used on people of all ages. Taylor Rehabilitation & Wellness Center has helped patients who had:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Rotator cuff syndrome
- Spinal pain
- Back or neck pain
- Shoulder pain
- Chronic headaches
- Knee pain
- Joint pain
- Soft tissue injuries
What You Might Experience at Taylor Rehabilitation & Wellness Center
When you try laser therapy Chicago, IL practitioner Dr. Taylor and his staff will help you to feel comfortable. The therapy creates a soothing, gentle warmth that is pain free. Many patients find laser therapy to be enjoyable and even relaxing. It is common for patients to quickly report a decrease in pain and inflammation around the area after just one treatment.
Dr. Taylor may recommend 2-3 laser sessions per week for a total of 5 – 10 sessions. In general, acute injuries will require less than chronic conditions. Your treatment plan may vary and will be entirely dependent upon your circumstances and initial evaluation.
If you are interested in laser therapy Chicago, IL men and women can call Taylor Rehabilitation & Wellness Center to schedule a consultation with Dr. Taylor.
Health Benefits of Laser Therapy in Chicago, IL
Basically, three things happen during laser therapy Chicago, IL. First, infrared laser therapy treatment helps reduce pain, reduce inflammation, and enhance tissue healing—both in hard and soft tissues, including muscles, ligaments, or even bones.
Finally, the treatment stimulates the cytochrome oxidase enzyme in the cells’ mitochondria. Specifically, injured cells are targeted because damaged cells are more readily accepting of photons of light, whereas healthy cells don’t need this extra energy.
Now, lasers are also used in other areas of medicine, specifically in surgical interventions where they’re used for cutting, removing tattoos, and a lot of other dermatological applications. But the class 4 does not do that.
Try Laser Therapy Chicago IL BEFORE You Consider Surgery For Many Acute Injuries
You can have the best diet and exercise program in the world, but as most of us are painfully aware, it doesn’t take much to develop an injury from an accident that you were not responsible for. Laser therapy Chicago IL is typically a tiny fraction of the cost of surgery and virtually has no side effects, unlike surgery. Class 4 laser therapy can be effectively combined with a number of other treatment modalities, including various soft tissue mobilization techniques. Ideally, your doctor would do the laser therapy Chicago IL prior to doing other treatments.
Examples of the types of injuries that this kind of laser therapy can be helpful for include:
- Acute injuries, such as strains, sprains, and shoulder injuries
- Repetitive-use injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome
- Traumatic injuries, such as post-motor vehicle accident with cervical strain/sprain
- Chronic issues such as frozen shoulder and arthritis
Before Drugs and Surgery, Consider Giving Laser Therapy Chicago IL a Try…
In terms of how many treatments will be required before the actual condition is resolved or the pain relief is really achieved, this can vary widely, depending on your condition. Typically, pain relief will be achieved long before the condition itself is healed, so it’s important to remember that the absence of pain does not equal the presence of health. According to most research, the vast majority of conditions require six to 12 treatments over a two- to four-week period of time.
Dr. Taylor has been using Class IV laser therapy Chicago IL in his clinic for the treatment of acute and chronic conditions for the past 4 years.
Please contact our office for a complimentary consultation to see if Laser Therapy Chicago IL is the right choice for your acute or chronic condition.