Lasers and Their Therapeutic Application in Chiropractic

Have you ever gone through a session with a chiropractor? One of the best things about them is how they approach treatment.


Chiropractic therapy focuses on detecting and fixing misalignments in the body. The misalignments cause discomfort or pain. Chiropractic professionals diagnose and manipulate various body parts to provide pain relief. They work on many joints, especially:

 

  • The back
     

  • Shoulders
     

  • Neck


 

Laser Therapy in Chiropractic Treatment



Laser therapy uses focused light to offer relief from pain and discomfort. Chiropractors use cold laser treatments, called cold therapy or low-level laser treatments (LLLT). The innovative treatment modality aims to reduce pain and inflammation. It also triggers the body’s natural healing response.


Unlike high-intensity lasers, the ones used in cold laser treatments are gentler. They also do not produce enough heat to warm the skin. Their application effectively manages pain, easing inflammation and stimulating nerve regeneration.


 

How These Two Work Together



Cold lasers stimulate the body’s natural healing process, leading to faster healing. The lasers focus light waves that penetrate the skin and tissue to the treatment area. Often, a treatment session takes a few minutes, but it varies depending on the size of the treatment area.


Laser technology allows for more precise targeting of the treatment area. That will enable chiropractors to pinpoint the treatment area and deliver the treatment. Furthermore, combining chiropractic and laser therapy reduces the downtime associated with chronic pain.


 

Applications of Lasers in Chiropractic Therapy



People living with chronic pain are always looking for innovative and noninvasive treatments. This care, combined with LLLT, is an effective treatment. Some of its benefits include:


 

Tissue Healing



Studies suggest that lasers can trigger changes in injured tissue. It promotes accelerated recovery and helps increase cell proliferation. This boosts cellular energy, contributing to tissue healing.


Researchers believe that laser therapy can help adjust signaling pathways. This stimulates cellular metabolic processes for wound repair. It can also reduce inflammation and pain from an open or healing wound.


 

Reduced Inflammation



The two combine to reduce inflammation and treat edemas. Reduced inflammation will reduce any pain caused by the swelling. It does this by placing pressure on surrounding tissues and nerves.


 

Treatment of Sports-related Injuries



LLLT treats sprains, strains, and other sports-related injuries. It boosts blood flow to affected areas. This promotes a strain or sprain to heal faster and reduces acute pain and swelling.


 

Arthritis Pain



Chiropractic laser therapy is an effective way to ease arthritic joint pain. The photochemical reactions produced by cold lasers can help improve the symptoms of arthritis. According to one study, arthritis patients who underwent LLLT experienced a 70 percent pain reduction. This is in comparison to those in the placebo group.


 

Conclusion



Chiropractic manipulation is effective in treating:

 

  • Stiffness
     

  • Pain
     

  • Symptoms associated with acute or chronic pain



Nowadays, the use of laser treatment provides more pain relief.



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