Laser Therapy in Southampton
Laser therapy is a non-invasive therapy that is used by physical therapists. PhysioCraft offers high and low energy laser treatment that is intended to treat soft tissues and relieve them from acute as well as chronic pain.
In this treatment, the probe which produce a beam of light is targeted at painful or injured of your body, passes softly through the skin without damaging it, where different wavelengths are used for superficial and deeper tissues. That induces beneficial physiological changes in the cells and it enhances their growth and recovery from an injury. This process is called photobiomodulation.
It has stimulating effect on the healing of the injured cells plus its anti-inflammatory and anti-swelling features. When circulation is enhanced by applying laser, metabolism at the cellular level speeds up that reduces inflammation, and promotes faster regeneration of the damaged tissues.
Laser therapy has the following benefits:
Reduces recovery time from an injury by increasing the reproduction of the cells at the injury site.
Increases the metabolic activity of the cells and aids in quick recovery.
Helps to reduce swelling.
Improves the circulation in the targeted area.
It is safe and non-invasive.
How long the treatment lasts?
The treatment time varies from 5-25 minutes, depend on the condition and area to cover. Recommended amount of treatments for maximum effect varies from 8-12 sessions, ensuring short break between the sessions (1-3 days). For safely both therapist and patient are obligated to wear special safety googles, which protect the eyes as the laser may injure them with its light.
Laser therapy in combination with magnetic therapy, ultrasound and manual therapy can significantly reduce the recovery time.
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Laser therapy - indications
Treatment sessions vary depending upon the extent and location of the injury. Laser therapy is used for treating several musculoskeletal and neurological problems like:
The use of laser therapy is backed by several pieces of evidence. In a study by Marcos Fernando and his team in 2016, it was found that in pain associated with Temporomandibular disorders, laser therapy treatment is more effective than simple hot packs and exercises.
In another study by Ron Clijsen and his team in 2017, it was proved that Low-Level-Laser therapy is very effective in the treatment of adults with musculoskeletal issues.
A systematic review by Anju M and colleagues in 2019 showed the positive role of laser therapy in preventing and controlling neuropathic pain in diabetic patients.
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Laser therapy - contraindications
The use of a therapeutic laser is not recommended in the case of:
- neoplastic diseases,
- skin inflammations,
- gastrointestinal bleeding
disorders in the endocrine system,
- unregulated diseases of the circulatory system.
Laser therapy - action
The effects of laser therapy depend on the amount of energy that the patient’s body will absorb. Several important factors influence the amount of absorbed radiation:
- exposure time,
- type and power of the laser,
- pulse frequency,
- the type and size of the irradiated tissue.
Laser radiation penetrates deep into the body through the human skin, although its ability to penetrate depends on the place of application of the generated light. The effect of laser therapy at the tissue level is observed through the faster formation of new blood vessels and an increase in microcirculation. Thanks to the treatment carried out in our office, the tissues in your body will become better oxygenated and nourished. In contrast, the by-products of metabolism will be removed from the body faster.
Laser treatments used in physiotherapy have an analgesic and anti-inflammatory effect. If there are indications for such a procedure for you, please contact us. For laser light therapy, I use the most modern and effective equipment. In addition, it is completely safe and brings quick relief in many ailments.