The use of lasers has long been a popular method to treat a range of physical ailments in modern day medicine. Whereas high-powered laser treatment will cut or destroy tissue, Low-Level Laser Therapy (LASER) has been shown to relieve pain, stimulate healing of damaged tissues, and stimulate cell function. LASER is commonly used for pain relief and healing of musculoskeletal conditions such as acute or chronic pain in the lower back or neck and tendinopathy (swelling of the tendons). More recently, however, research is showing positive outcomes for the use of LASER to promote healing and relieve muscle fatigue. This has revolutionised the treatment of sports injuries, as not only can LASER reduce recovery times, but by also managing fatigue, it can enhance performance.
LASER treatment involves the application of low powered lasers or light-emitting diodes (LED’s) at specific wavelengths, to the surface of the body. This works by stimulating and enhancing processes taking place at a cellular level such as regeneration and repair, as well as by reducing inflammation and lessening oxidative stress. The result is a reduction in pain and swelling, as well as faster recovery for muscle lesions and tears.
Who is suitable for LASER?
Anyone suffering from acute or chronic pain. LASER has been shown to have a high level of effectiveness for sports conditions such as Jumper's knee, tennis elbow and Achilles tendinitis, but can also be used by athletes after training to reduce muscle fatigue. LASER has strong evidence for reduction of pain and swelling in chronic conditions such as rheumatoid or osteoarthritis.
How long does each session last?
Each LASER session should last 5-10 minutes dependant on the severity of the condition being treated. However we may use LASER as part of a longer physiotherapy treatment, depending on your condition.
Is it painful to have LASER treatment?
No, it is completely pain-free. You may feel slight pressure or heat applied to the target area, however, this should feel soothing and not be uncomfortable. LASER does not hurt, and it does not burn. The LASER waves target the muscle, ligament and tendon and the light wave stimulates healing.
How many sessions do I need?
This will be assessed on a case by case basis dependant on the condition and severity of your pain. A treatment plan is devised during consultation with your physician before your first session. On average, clients usually attend 8-12 sessions, however, for more chronic or severe cases, the requirement may be more.
How quickly will I see results?
Although there may be some immediate pain relief, it is important to remember that this does not mean the injury or condition is fully healed. Progress will be monitored by your physician throughout the course of your treatment, and it may be appropriate to book in for a review 3-6 months after the treatment has finished.
How much does it cost?
LASER costs £40 per session, and includes the consultation with a physiotherapist or osteopath.