Deep Tissue Laser Therapy is a transformative treatment that can help patients dealing with a wide range of different issues.
For those suffering with arthritis, back pain, neck pain, fibromyalgia, muscle pain, carpal tunnel suyndrome and a range of other conditions, DTLT offers:
- Pain relief
- Improved mobility
- Reduced spasms
- Reduced swelling
- Accelerated recovery
But how precisely does this exotic sounding treatment work? And is it right for you?
How it Works
If you read the word ‘laser’ and started to panic, then don’t worry. This is not a case of ‘I expect you to die Mr. Bond’, instead the ‘laser’ is just a beam of light that is able to interact with the deep tissues beneath the skin. There is no burning and in fact, this is a treatment that has no side effects.
Specifically, deep tissue laser therapy works via a process called photobiomodulation. Here, the photons that make up the light beam are able to penetrate deep into the tissue and then trigger a series of biological events that can help to speed recovery and provide immediate pain relief.
This works by increasing the cellular metabolism and reducing swelling. Unlike using medications, there are no side effects and many patients will report long-lasting pain relief with no need for ongoing treatment. That said, the number of treatments required will depend on the nature of the condition. Deep tissue laser therapy can be used for both acute and chronic conditions and is being increasingly adopted by physicians for both kinds of conditions.
What to Expect?
Treatments will be adapted to suit the person receiving them. The lasers used are capable of operating anywhere from 0.5W up to 25W, which the best setting varying from case to case. There is also a difference between off-contact and on-contact treatment. For bony areas, of-contact treatment is often recommended. However, when treating deep-tissue structures such as muscles, it is often recommended that you use on-contact treatment. This might also be accompanied by other complimentary treatments and accessories, such as the use of a massage ball attached to prevent reflection and scattering while aiding deeper tissue penetration for muscle pain.
Many people will ask what this treatment ‘feels like’ The best answer is that it varies from causing no sensation at all, to offering a soothing and warm feeling. Many people actually enjoy their sessions for this reason and that alone can help to sooth and relax affected areas!
Is it Right for You?
Everybody is different and the way your body reacts to certain treatments will always depend on your unique biology, as well as the full nature of your condition.
If you have any condition that causes joint pain and/or swelling though, then this may well be a good option for you and it’s something that many people report success from. It is a good first line of defense, seeing as it is less invasive than surgery or even manipulation and seeing as it causes no side effects.