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Laser Therapy at Langlitz Chiropractic & Massage

Laser therapy on kneeImagine the surprise when researchers learned that certain light frequencies could actually reduce inflammation and enhance the healing process!

When patients learn that we use laser therapy in our practice, they have visions of a powerful, steel-cutting beam of light. The “cold” laser we use has only a tiny fraction of the power. Instead, its value comes from the frequency of the light it emits, not its intensity. True to their name, they don’t burn the skin or produce pain.

What is Low Level Laser Therapy?

Low level laser therapy is a form of alternative medicine that uses laser light at low levels. LLLT, also called photobiomodulation therapy, is applied to the surfaces of the body with the intentions of decreasing pain or inflammation, promoting healing of wounds, tissues, and nerves, or for preventing tissue damage. This is much different than the high-level lasers that we know for surgical procedures to cut and destroy unhealthy tissue.

How Does Low Level Laser Therapy Work?

Low level laser therapy is said to work through a photochemical effect (which also occurs with photosynthesis in plants). When cells inside tissue are stressed via disease and injury, the mitochondria (or powerhouse/place where metabolism takes place inside a cell) produces harmful nitric oxide. The nitric oxide displace needed oxygen from cells, thus causing inflammation or cell death.

During a treatment regimen, a small low-level laser therapy device is placed over the target area. When tissues absorb the light from the low-level laser therapy, more oxygen is allowed back into the cells.

Cold lasers can stimulate all types of cells, including muscle, ligaments, nerves and cartilage. The treatment promotes the body’s natural healing — which may have been impeded through the tissue damage.

As a non-invasive, low-intensity therapy procedure, LLLT can be performed at an outpatient clinic, providing a distinct advantage over traditional laser surgery. There is no recovery time and no side effects, which makes LLLT an attractive treatment option for a variety of conditions, including:

  • Low Back Pain
  • Neck and Shoulder pain
  • Onychomycosis
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Post-Operation Wound Healing

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Contact our office today to find out how you can benefit from our low level laser therapy.

Laser Therapy Springfield MA | (413) 732-4800