Find Fast Relief for Your Aches and Pains with Laser Therapy
Did You Know Laser Therapy Could Help You Beat Your Pains?
Have you heard of laser therapy? While it may sound daunting, it is a great way to help alleviate pain and promote healing.
Laser therapy is a treatment offered at Wellspring Health Center for its safe, effective, and non-invasive way to treat pain and aid in the recovery of many conditions.
Laser treatments work by releasing photons into the tissues surrounding the affected area that is being treated. These photons help in relieving pain, energizing cells, and increasing circulation to the injured area.
If you are looking for laser therapy in Eden Prairie, MN, contact Wellspring Health Center today! We’ll set up a complimentary consultation for you and figure out whether or not laser therapy could help in reducing your pain.
Important information on laser therapy
Laser therapy has earned a reputation as being one of the safest, non-invasive treatment options on the market. In fact, medical lasers are approved by the FDA, and they adhere to strict ISO standards.
Do laser therapy treatments hurt?
There is always some apprehension that comes with laser therapy – we always receive questions such as, “does it hurt?” or “is it safe?”
It is understandable to be hesitant before receiving a new treatment that may not be entirely familiar to you. However, we can definitively say that laser therapy does NOT hurt, and it IS completely safe!
Laser treatments are completely pain-free, despite common skepticism. When you receive a laser treatment, you will feel little to no sensation at all, depending on the type of laser used.
Laser treatments can be integrated with range of motion exercises and other physical therapy treatments to enhance their effect. Laser therapy sessions typically last between 2-10 minutes, and patients begin seeing results after just a few short sessions.
How do I know if laser therapy will benefit me?
Laser therapy can be used for both acute and chronic conditions, including neck pain, shoulder pain, back pain and sciatica, arthritis, bursitis, disc injuries, TMJ, sports injuries, plantar fasciitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, migraines, soft tissue damage, and MORE!
Before determining your treatment plan, one of our experienced Eden Prairie, MN physical therapists will conduct a physical evaluation and assessment of your medical history to diagnose your condition and decide which treatment options will best benefit you.
Both the type of the laser and its strength will be dependent upon the results of your initial evaluation.
Erchonia Cold Laser
The Erchonia Low-Level Laser, aka cold laser, is a painless, high-tech, non-thermal healing laser light transmitted through the clothing and skin to treat the painful, restricted joints and muscles.
This 635nm wavelength of laser light has an anti-inflammatory and healing effect on sore tissues. The laser is often used in combination with physical therapy treatments to enhance the effectiveness of the treatment.
The Benefits of Cold Laser Therapy are many and include:
- Reduced pain and inflammation without medication
- Improved blood flow to the area
- Increased tissue healing time as shown by FDA double-blind studies
- Increase in cellular energy to aid in healing
- Increase in the repair of damaged tissue
- Reduced dependence on pain medications
- Increased recovery time after injuries and after surgery
There are over 2000 published studies on Low-Level Laser Therapy reporting its effectiveness with no negative side effects.
Conditions Treated With Laser Therapy:
- Sports Injuries
- Acute & Chronic Pain Conditions
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Shoulder Pain / Rotator Cuff Conditions
- Neck Pain
- Low Back Pain
- Sciatica / Leg Pain
- Degenerative or Herniated Discs
- Musculoskeletal Injuries (such as sports, work, or auto accidents)
- Sprains & Strains
- Arthritis & Stiff Joints
- Scoliosis / Curvatures of the Spine
- Hip & Knee Pain
- Post-surgical orthopedic rehab
- Plantar Fasciitis
- whiplash injury
- auto accident injuries
Common Questions about Cold Laser Therapy:
1. How does Cold Laser Work?
Low-Level Lasers are an amazing technology that significantly enhances the effects of physical therapy. Exercises and therapy procedures work at the level of the soft tissues and joints. Low-Level Lasers work at the level of the cells by increasing the energy that cells need to regenerate and heal and increase the ability of cells to communicate with each other!
The wavelength of the FDA approved Erchonia laser is 635nm. This wavelength of light has been shown to be the best wavelength for improving cellular metabolism, and therefore, improving the healing ability of the cells. One of the key processes that is enhanced is the production of ATP in the mitochondria of the cell. When ATP is increased so is the cells’ ability to heal and recover from stress or injury. The light energy from the laser initiates a cascade of reactions from the cell membrane all the way to the cell’s DNA. This is called cellular amplification; a phenomenon that earned the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine in 1994. Due to the low-level laser’s unique ability to speed recovery time, the Erchonia Laser is used to treat world-class athletes.
2. Can the Cold Laser treat through my clothing?
Yes. Low-Level Laser Therapy is just as effective when used through clothing and it is a common practice in physical therapy and medical settings. The size of the laser light particles (photons) are tiny and can easily move through clothing as well as bandages and dressings on wounds. In fact, the patients that participated in the FDA double-blind study for the treatment of neck and shoulder pain were treated with the Erchonia laser through their clothing. The study gave the first FDA approval to Erchonia Low-Level Lasers in 2002. Since that time the FDA has passed similar studies by Erchonia for treating Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Wounds, and Scar Tissue.
3. What should I feel during Cold Laser Therapy?
Unlike “hot lasers” used in medicine to cut tissues and perform surgical procedures, Low-Level Lasers are classified as “cold lasers” and are used to enhance the healing of tissues. Most patients report that they do not feel the laser light during treatment, but some patients report a slight tingling sensation. Patients commonly feel a decrease in stiffness and tightness in the muscles and joints during and after treatment. Laser Therapy is also used during physical therapy exercises and stretches to activate weak muscles at the cellular level. The patient will see a noticeable difference in manual muscle tests before and after treating these weak areas.
4. Are there any side effects of Cold Laser Therapy?
There are no known side effects of Low-Level Laser Therapy. There are over 2000 published research studies on Low-Level Laser Therapy with no reported side effects. (Even with all of the studies supporting the safety, we do not recommend laser therapy during pregnancy.)
Ready to get started?
Low-Level Laser Therapy in Eden Prairie, MN, is available at Wellspring Health Center where we utilize the best methods and technologies for treating your pain.
If you are suffering from pain, contact Wellspring Health Center today at Eden Prairie, MN!
Request a complimentary consultation today and get started on the right path toward quick and effective pain relief!