What laser therapy means?

One of the most innovative procedures and approaches in medical recovery is laser therapy. This therapy is non-invasive, has no side effects and brings a lot of benefits for acute and chronic pain relief and control, as well as for inflammation reduction.

For some patients, there are even situations where the risk of surgery is eliminated if they use laser therapy. The technology behind this procedure involves bio-stimulation with laser beams of all cellular functions. This is done either by exacerbating biochemical and physiological functions or by inhibiting them. The wavelength and dosage are considered in order to determine the amplitude of laser therapy.

Main benefits of laser therapy in physiotherapy

Among the specialists there are a significant number of proven benefits in medical recovery using laser therapy. From this point of view it is fair to assume that there are a number of advantages associated with laser therapy. Here are the most important benefits of this procedure:

  • Anti-pain effects by helping to control and relieve pain
  • The bio-stimulant effects which involve stimulating the body’s repair and regeneration processes by supporting the body’s oxidation processes
  • The bio-trophic effects by stimulating the regenerative processes
  • The thermal effects that are obtained in thermal procedures due to heating; the thermal effect also has a slightly sedative role
  • The hyperemic effects which involve the transformation of energy and the release of heat to stimulate local circulation
  • The anti-inflammatory effects
  • A myorelaxant or relaxing effect
  • Beneficial effects for the cardiac and circulatory system
  • Effects for stimulating immunity

Medical conditions in which laser therapy is used

Based on all of these benefits provided by laser therapy, the range of medical conditions where laser therapy is used for rehabilitation medicine is quite comprehensive. Here are the medical disorders where laser therapy can be successfully applied to patients:

  • Musculoskeletal disorders, including chronic neck pain, knee osteoarthritis, impingement syndrome, low back pain, tendonitis, muscle fascia inflammation, muscle tears, sprains, strains, contractures, fibromyalgia or carpal tunnel syndrome;
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Neurological disorders belonging to the category of neuralgia localized at various points, paresis, neuritis, disc herniation localized at various points
  • Rheumatologic diseases including rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, arthrosis, tendinitis, fasciitis or arthrosis having different localization at the body level.
  • After a surgical intervention, laser therapy being effective to act on the wounds or scars resulting from the surgical intervention

Laser therapy and when it is not recommended

Laser therapy is a medical procedure based on equipment equipped with focused light and specific wave levels. This light is applied to the affected region at body level of a specific medical problem. The laser can be applied to any area of the body, as long as both the indications and recommendations of medical specialists are obeyed.

There are situations where laser therapy is contraindicated. These include neoplastic diseases, fibrosing diseases, and patients with heart rhythm disorders or pregnant women.