What is Laser therapy and how can it help me?
Laser therapy 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 Chicago IL treatment, 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
Health Benefits of Laser Therapy 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.