How Laser Therapy Eases Pain

Our goal at TruMotion Therapy is to provide our patients with the most cutting edge, evidence-based treatments to get you out of pain and moving better.  Deep tissue laser therapy is the new addition to our line-up of therapies that already includes chiropractic care, myofascial release, dry needling, and functional movement training.

Is Laser Therapy for Me?
If you are experiencing any of the following laser therapy may help.

  • Low back pain

  • Headaches

  • Tennis/Golfers Elbow

  • Achilles Tendinitis

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Shoulder pain

  • Knee Pain

  • Shin splints

  • Disc problems

  • Sprain/strain

  • And more!

 

Besides TruMotion and Dr. Evil, who else uses lasers?
Veterinarians commonly use laser therapy on injured animals and to help expedite scar healing following surgery.  Podiatrists use lasers for everything from plantar fasciitis to toe fungus!

Duke University athletic department sees its benefits with their athletes.  "Deep tissue laser therapy is one technology that has exceeded expectations and given our team a valuable modality we can count on for treating the wide range of musculoskeletal conditions we encounter." 

#Science
Laser therapy is essentially light that makes its way deep beneath the skin.  Photons, one main component of laser light, penetrates to the cellular level targeting mitochondria. Mitochondria are the power house of your cells.  They are responsible for creating energy (ATP).  When photons are absorbed by the mitochondria your cells rapidly kick out energy, which speeds up the cells' the normal healing processes.  Laser therapy is like hooking jumper cables to your cells.  

Your cells also respond by releasing chemicals (NO and O) that improve blood flow to the area being treated.  Improved blood flow and increased energy lead to repair of damaged cells and creation of new cells.  This essentially speeds up the healing process. So, laser does more than just block pain.  It actually helps improve tissue function.

Nerd out to a video that explains this whole process.

ATP sounds cool.  I'm in.  What's a treatment like?
Laser therapy is safe and pain free.  A single treatment takes about 3 minutes. Depending on your complaint, you may require 6-8 treatments for complete relief.  Laser is a powerful tool when it comes to healing, but it's made even more effective when combined with other therapies. Laser treatments are almost always paired with a chiropractic adjustment or myofascial release techniques.