Below is a list of common questions that people ask me about Laser Therapy.
How many treatments are required?
The number of treatments will depend on the chronicity and the extent of the pathology involved. Based on the genetic makeup of the cells, an individual’s response to Laser therapy will vary. A recent clinical review, including 1,000 consecutively treated patients, reveals the average number of treatments to be 9.4. I have found that integrating Laser Therapy with physiotherapy as a standard approach in my Patient-Centred Participatory Approach (PCAP) has helped achieve results across the board more rapidly.
What is Laser Therapy?
The technology utilizes superluminous and laser diodes to irradiate diseased or traumatized tissue with photons. These particles of energy are selectively absorbed by the cell membrane and intracellular molecules, resulting in the initiation of a cascade of complex physiological reactions, leading to the restoration of normal cell structure and function. e any side effects?
Is there any Side Effects?
Unlike most pharmaceutical solutions and other therapeutic options, laser therapy is non-toxic, non-invasive and in over one million individual treatments, no significant adverse effects have been noted. However, on some occasions, you may experience exacerbation of symptoms and fatigue following a treatment due to high sensitivity tissue response. These will normally settle very quickly.
Is Laser Therapy safe?
Research studies have shown laser therapy to be safe and effective. The light that is used falls within a safe parameter (660nm and 830-840nm) where it does not have the capability to burn tissue or cause any DNA mutations. Laser Therapy is non-invasive, non-toxic and non-thermal. Unlike other forms of radiation, laser therapy is beneficial rather than harmful to tissue.
What class laser do we use?
Class 3B lasers. For information comparing Class 3B to Class 4 lasers. The difference is what this means is explained in this link.
When should laser therapy not be used?
Laser therapy should be avoided in situations such as over the abdomen or low back in pregnancy, directly over the thymus and directly over known malignancies and tumours.