I remember the first time I saw Luke Skywalker open Anakin’s blue lightsaber in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. How cool would it be to have the power of a lightsaber,
and the ability to use the force?! Well unfortunately the force is not with me, but I do know how to wield a laser.
Lasers are amazing tools. In varying degrees, they have the ability to do so much; from cutting diamonds to measuring the distance between the earth and the moon, but did you also know that lasers are often used in a medical setting? I have found tremendous benefit in utilizing low-level laser therapy to treat pain and sports injuries. Does this sound too good to be true? It's not! It is a low-cost, non-invasive therapy and takes only about 15 minutes in-office1.
The laser works by reducing inflammation and accelerating tissue recovery2. It promotes healing by increasing the amount of local growth factors 2,3 as well as increasing blood flow to the site of pain. This process creates new blood cells and collagen, which assists in wound and general connective tissue healing1–3. That’s almost as good as the force!
Laser therapy is most useful when it is used in combination with other pain management modalities. I have most commonly used it to treat chronic neck pain, tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, and chronic regional pain syndrome4,5. Not only that, but a recent double blind, randomized research study showed that low-level laser therapy can even effectively reduce nerve pain caused by chemotherapy6.
For the most impact, I often use laser therapy in conjunction with myofascial release and acupuncture. This combination is helpful for both new and chronic injuries. If you are interested, book an appointment to see if a laser would be right for you--- And don’t worry, visible light can only slice through flesh in a galaxy far, far away.