Frequently asked questions
What is Network Spinal Anaylsis?
What is cold laser therapy?
Laser therapy is the application of low levels of laser light to areas of the body that have been injured or damaged. In contrast to high-powered surgical lasers which are designed to cut tissue, therapeutic lasers produce beneficial photochemical and photobiological interactions that can reduce pain, increase circulation, reduce swelling and dramatically improve healing time.
How long have lasers been used by healthcare providers?
Therapeutic lasers have been used in Europe since Dr. Mester’s discovery in 1967. The FDA approved the use of therapeutic laser in 2002. Since that time, progressive physicians have been offering laser therapy to their patients in ever-increasing numbers.
How do lasers work?
The photons of laser light penetrate through the skin and are absorbed by special components of the body’s cells called chromophores. Just as photosynthesis creates energy for plants, the absorption of photons in the cells causes increased cellular energy. In areas of injury or damage, increased production of cellular energy improves the rate and quality of healing. This is referred to as bio-stimulation.
Because of its biostimulatory nature, laser therapy has the potential to help any situation wherein the body’s cells are not working at their optimum potential. Studies on tissue cultures reveal a wide range of beneficial effects including increased levels of endorphins, prostaglandins and other beneficial chemicals; reduced levels of harmful compounds including C-reactive protein and interleukin-1; pain modulation through a variety of mechanisms; and increased rate and quality of tissue healing.
What are the therapeutic benefits of laser therapy?
For patients, that means relief from acute and chronic pain, reduced inflammation and muscle spasms, improved range of motion and restored function. Patients suffering from headaches, neck pain, TMJ, carpal tunnel, rotator cuff and other shoulder problems, back pain, knee pain, arthritic joints, sports injuries, post-surgical pain and more have been helped with therapeutic laser.
Has effectiveness been demonstrated scientifically?
Yes! There are thousands of published studies demonstrating the clinical effectiveness of laser therapy. Among these, there are more than one hundred rigorously controlled, scientific studies that document the effectiveness of laser for many clinical conditions.
What can I do at home to care for my spine while between adjustments?