What Does Deep Tissue Laser Therapy Do?

Deep tissue laser therapy has become a widely used and sought after therapy for a variety of painful conditions and ailments. But what is this innovative treatment and how does it help patients to gain relief from both acute and chronic pain?

At Oakland Spine and Physical Therapy in North Jersey, our highly-trained staff utilize deep tissue laser therapy with very positive outcomes. If you suffer from stubborn pain, mobility issues and have missed out on doing the things you love because of a frustrating condition, it’s in your best interest to learn more about deep tissue laser therapy. And if you happen to live in North Jersey, consider one of our four convenient locations, including Closter, Fair Lawn, Wayne and Oakland.

What is Deep Tissue Laser Therapy?

So what exactly is deep tissue laser therapy? You’ve probably heard about lasers used for hair removal and other non-invasive treatments. With deep tissue laser therapy, a powerful light is used to stimulate healing. This process is called photobiomodulation or PBM for short. Let’s dig a bit deeper into how PBM works:

  1. Photons within the laser are able to penetrate tissue
  2. Within the tissue a remarkable chain of events occurs due to this photon activity with the production of Adenosine-triphosphate, known as ATP, a substance that generates cellular energy production.
  3. As there is a surge in ATP, this translates to a decrease in pain, a reduction in inflammation and the acceleration of the healing process.

Not only is this type of laser therapy effective, it’s also been tested and approved as safe. The treatment was cleared by the FDA 20 years ago in 2003. Compared to invasive surgery which can have unpredictable outcomes or pain medications which carry their own risks, laser therapy is a safe, non-invasive and convenient therapy that’s been endorsed by the World Health Organization and the American Physical Therapy Association.

Here at Oakland Spine, we use the LCT 1000 Deep Tissue Laser, which happens to be the most powerful laser of its kind currently available. And best of all, while this instrument delivers the healing power with heat, the process is entirely pain-free and patients are totally comfortable during and after the procedure. Because it targets tissue at the cellular level, patients enjoy a rapid improvement in recovery.

What Conditions Does Deep Tissue Laser Therapy Treat?

The good news is that many pain conditions respond well to deep tissue laser therapy. This includes musculoskeletal, back and spinal pain, as well as knee, hamstring and arthritic pain. But those aren’t the only conditions that deep tissue laser therapy can improve. Other conditions include:

As you can see, many injuries and chronic pain conditions respond extremely well to laser therapy. Which makes it worth exploring for anyone who has been saddled with persistent pain that gets in the way of life’s activities. If you’re tired of continuously taking over-the-counter pain medications, having to postpone activities or frustrated with the lack of options from your primary care provider, now may be the time to consider laser therapy.

What are the benefits of laser therapy?

It’s reassuring to know that laser therapy is a clinically-proven treatment for pain. Key benefits include:

  • A decrease in pain
  • Reduced inflammation
  • Improved healing

Beyond those tangible benefits, there are plenty of other improvements that will be happening within your body, such as an increase in tissue repair and removal of waste materials from the affected region. Reducing inflammation allows the body’s healing process to work more effectively while better blood flow means these areas are more nourished to heal properly. Here at Oakland Spine, our patients report improved range of motion and the ability to move more with greater ease in the treated area.

What Does Laser Therapy Feel Like?

Now, with all these benefits to laser therapy, you might be wondering what the experience of undergoing the treatment is like. Have no fear! This is a simple, non-invasive therapy which is pain-free. All you’ll notice is a warming sensation in the treatment area. This regenerative experience is relaxing to most patients and only lasts around ten minutes. Most patients will experience some relief right after their first session. However, we recommend between three to five sessions for maximum results. And unlike surgery or pain medications, laser therapy is risk-free and there are no side effects to worry about. After your procedure, all you have to look forward to is positive benefits and improvements in your condition.

Proven Positive Results with Deep Tissue Laser Therapy

It’s always good to be wary of new therapies, but laser therapy is a decades-old treatment option that has proven results. In fact, one study from Arthritis Research & Therapy found positive results when the therapy was provided to patients with chronic lower back pain. Another study found an improvement in nerve pain in patients with diabetes. This and other scientific evidence shows that deep tissue laser therapy is an established and accepted treatment for pain.

Deep Tissue Laser Therapy in North Jersey

If you live in the New York City suburbs or North Jersey region, it’s comforting to know that deep tissue laser therapy is conveniently available at Oakland Spine and Physical Therapy. Here, our trained staff of laser therapy experts will guide you through the process to your healing. And since laser therapy can be combined with other treatment options, you can rely on Oakland Spine for all of your needs such as chiropractic, acupuncture, spine and physical therapies. With four convenient locations in Closter, Fair Lawn, Oakland and Wayne, offering weekend and evening hours, there’s sure to be a time and location that’s accessible to you.