The term laser is an acronym for the Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. The energy from laser therapy stimulates cells triggering of immune mechanisms (white blood cells), and speeding up the metabolism of the cells involved in tissue repair.
Laser improves tissue repair (skin wounds, muscle, tendon, bone, nerves), reduces inflammation and reduces pain wherever the beam is applied. It is used in conjunction with other treatment and exercises to help promote returning to activity, for muscle, tendon, and nerve problems as well as joint conditions.Treatment typically takes 1 – 10 minutes.
The beam is applied using a handhold device that either looks like a pen or has a wider circular end. The treatment is not normally felt whilst it is happening but effects can be noticed straight away. Laser therapy is used to augment traditional physiotherapeutic techniques like massage and exercise.
Advancements in technology have made delivering the treatment quick, efficient, and safe. In general terms, your physio might recommend laser treatment for pain issues, injury recovery and wound healing.
Laser is generally a very safe and effective treatment but can cause injury to the eyes if adequate precautions are not taken. Laser use at Sportswise is regulated by our RPA2000 Certificated Laser Protection Adviser. When you have Laser treatment you, and the treating clinician, will need to wear approved laser protective eye-wear. Any accompanying person will be asked to leave the room for the duration of that treatment. It is also necessary to temporarily lock the consulting room to prevent access to the room during the treatment as it becomes a controlled area.