Laser therapy, or “photobiomodulation,” is the use of red and near-infrared light to create therapeutic effects. These effects include improved healing time, pain reduction, increased circulation and decreased swelling. Laser Therapy has been widely utilized in Europe since the 1970’s. Now, after FDA clearance was received in 2005, laser therapy use has grown extensively in the United States.
Laser Therapeutic Effects
Laser therapy is painless and increases circulation, drawing water, oxygen and nutrients to the damaged area. This creates an optimal healing environment that reduces inflammation, swelling, stiffness and pain. As the injured area returns to normal, function is restored and pain is relieved.
Cellular Effects of Laser Therapy
During Laser Therapy the infrared light interacts with tissues at the cellular level and metabolic activity increases within the cell, improving the transport of nutrients across the cell membrane. This leads to a cascade of beneficial effects, increasing cellular function and health.
Has the effectiveness been demonstrated scientifically?
Yes! During the past 30 years, more than 2,500 studies have been published demonstrating the clinical effectiveness of laser therapy. Among these, there are more than 100 rigorous, scientific studies that document the effectiveness of laser on collagen formation, wound healing, pain reduction, anti-inflammatory, range of motion, and more.
As if that large body of evidence weren’t enough, our good friend Dr. Calhoun performed her own mini-experiment on herself! Her personal study involved her cat and 3 scratches on her leg. Feel free to ask her about her results.