LASER stands for ‘Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. Lasers Therapy is also referred to as Cold Lasers, Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT). With Laser therapy, lights of specific wavelengths are targeted to a particular area of the body, this creates specific physiological changes in the cells to help reduce pain related to your injury. This process is known as photobiomodulation. In contrast to surgical lasers, the therapeutic laser is non-invasive and gently pass through your skin without breaking the skin or causing discomfort.
Therapeutic laser treatments provide patients with a safe, effective and painless therapy that uses the body’s own natural healing systems to relieve pain, increase joint mobility, increase tissue integrity and promote cell regeneration. Lasers therapy offer effective treatments for acute and chronic pain conditions such as soft tissue and sports injuries, arthritic conditions, repetitive stress injuries, wound healing and a variety of general health problems.
- Eliminates pain
- Reduces the need for pharmaceuticals
- Restores normal range of motion and physical function
- No known adverse effects
- No drug interactions
- Often makes surgical interventions unnecessary
- Provides a treatment alternative for patients that have not responded to conventional therapies
How Does it work?
- Increased production and release of:
- Endorphins – natural analgesics
- Cortisol – precursor of cortisone
- Growth hormone – instrumental in tissue repair
- ATP – improves and regulates cellular metabolism
- Increased protein synthesis – collagen, DNA, fibroblasts
- Venous and lymphatic flow facilitated
- Increased angiogenesis – elevation of oxygen saturation
- Enhanced immune response, etc.
- Can Laser Therapy be combined with other treatments?
Yes, Laser Therapy can be used and are often deployed together with many other types of therapy such as physiotherapy, acupuncture, and massage therapy, among others.
- How many treatments will I need?
The number of treatments varies, and it depends on what problem the treatment is address. Most acute conditions require up to eight treatments. Chronic conditions may require more treatments.
- How soon can I expect results?
You may notice positive results after the very first Laser Therapy session. Typically, pain is greatly reduced after the third or the fourth session.
- What are the coverage options?
Your Laser therapy treatment will be administered by a qualified Physiotherapist along with other treatment interventions you may require. Hence it is billed as a Physiotherapy treatment. Physiotherapy treatments are covered by most extended health benefit plan, your motor vehicle Insurance policy (In cases of motor vehicle injury). We offer direct billing for most extended health benefit plans. Click here for our full guide on extended health benefit coverage and direct billing.