At Marin Spine and Wellness we use two different types of lasers for the relief of pain, to accelerate healing and decrease inflammation. We use "Cold" Laser and Class IV "Warm" Laser Therapy. Both types are useful. When the device is placed near the skin, the photons can penetrate into the body and get absorbed by the mitochondria, the energy producing part of a cell. This energy creates beneficial physiological responses resulting in the restoration of normal cell function. Lasers can be successfully used to treat a broad range of conditions, including sports injuries, spinal disc injuries, kinetic chain dysfunctions, musculoskeletal issues and arthritis. The central goal of laser therapy is to stimulate the cell to perform its natural functions, but at an enhanced rate.
What are the Benefits of Laser Therapy?
- Can reduce pain
- Can help you recover faster
- Restores normal range of motion and physical function
- Treatment is painless
- Highly effective for many diseases and conditions
- Reduces the need for pharmaceuticals
- No known adverse effects
- No drug interactions
- Provides a treatment alternative for patients that have not responded to other therapies
Laser therapy can have an anti-edemic effect as it causes vasodilation, but also because it stimulates the lymphatic drainage system. As a result, there is a reduction in swelling caused by bruising or inflammation.
Laser therapy has a beneficial effect on nerve cells which can block pain transmitted by these cells to the brain and can decrease nerve sensitivity. Also, due to reduced inflammation, there can be less pain.
Accelerated Tissue Repair and Cell Growth
Photons of light from lasers penetrate deeply into tissue and can accelerate cellular reproduction and growth. The laser light increases the energy available to the cell so that the cell can take on nutrients faster and get rid of waste products.
Improved Vascular Activity
Laser light has been reported to significantly increase the formation of new capillaries in damaged tissue that speeds up the healing process, closes wounds quickly and reduces scar tissue.
Increased Metabolic Activity
Studies have theorized that laser therapy creates higher outputs of specific enzymes, greater oxygen and food particle loads for blood cells.
Trigger Points and Acupuncture Points
Laser therapy is used on muscle trigger points and acupuncture points which may release and provide pain relief.