Simply put, deep tissue laser therapy produces a low-level light from a handheld device that is applied directly to a problem area. When the process begins, the non-thermal photons of light that are released from the laser pass through the skins layers. The light has the ability to penetrate two to five centimeters below the skin and attack damaged cells to help promote cell regeneration. This process, in total, only takes a few minutes because the laser is applied to the problem area for about 30-60 seconds.
When discussing the functionality of deep tissue laser therapy and how the application of this treatment is so effective, it is difficult to avoid the technical jargon of lasers. What's important to know about the process is that during treatment, the device will not create heat, will not make any sound, nor will it vibrate, and the most attractive part is that deep tissue laser therapy is a quick solution that is absolutely noninvasive and painless. Deep tissue laser therapy does not involve the use of medications, and most patients like the idea of not taking any medications, as some may have lasting side effects. Aside from its use for tissue repair, pain relief, and inflammation reduction, deep tissue laser therapy is also used in accordance with sports medicine and physical therapy when treating minor injuries and sprains.
Similar to any medical evaluation, the process begins with consulting the patient's health history to get a better sense of general well-being. After establishing a dialogue of the patient's situation, a Align Accident & Injury Clinic physical therapists will test the range of motion to identify uncomfortable locations where the deep tissue laser can help. Next, we continue with reflex tests to assess both strength and sensation. To confirm the patient's diagnosis, a physical therapist recommends obtaining imaging tests such as x-rays or MRIs to understand what is happening internally.
Essentially, there is not much to assess when considering deep tissue laser therapy because your physician will have this information from the preliminary visit. It is important for patients to understand that deep tissue laser therapy does not have any severe disadvantages; however, the treatment may require several sessions before results become noticeable.
The treatment of muscle and joint pain depends upon the diagnosis. Once we understand the cause behind the pain, we will use what we learned from the diagnostic testing to develop a personal physical therapy plan that may include deep tissue laser therapy. Ocean Springs physical therapists focus the treatment on both pain control and strengthening the area to prevent or lessen future occurrences. A prevalent characteristic of muscle and joint pain is the possibility of recurrence once pain has surfaced, and Ocean Springs physical therapists address this recurring pain by scheduling a series of manual therapy sessions, depending on the severity of the pain. The process of the deep tissue laser therapy may require a few treatments, but results are immanent. Even though research into the effectiveness and safety of deep tissue laser therapy is ongoing, the purpose for using deep tissue laser therapy is mainly for the continuous attention and maintenance of injuries, swelling, and to prevent the return of such conditions.