Therapeutic laser (or low-level laser therapy) is a medical treatment that uses specific wavelengths to stimulate healing and reduce pain. This type of laser treatment is different from the high-powered lasers used for surgical procedures or hair removal.
How does laser therapy work?
Therapeutic lasers work by delivering non-thermal (low-level) light energy to targeted tissues. The light energy is absorbed by the cells, leading to various biological effects that can promote healing. The mechanisms for this are:
- Improved circulation: Laser therapy increases blood flow to the area the laser is directed, meaning the cells have a better supply of oxygen and other nutrients and a better drainage of waste products and swelling.
- Reduced inflammation: Laser therapy can help reduce inflammation by inhibiting certain biochemical pathways that promote inflammation. This can be beneficial for conditions like tendonitis, bursitis and other inflammatory conditions.
- Reduced pain: Laser therapy is believed to stimulate the release of endorphins, which are natural painkillers. It can help reduce pain and discomfort in various conditions, such as musculoskeletal injuries, arthritis and nerve pain.
- Tissue Repair: The light energy from therapeutic lasers is thought to increase cellular metabolism and promote the production of ATP. Increased ATP production leads to increased cellular activity, which promotes healing.
- Nerve Regeneration: Some studies suggest that therapeutic lasers can promote nerve cell regeneration, potentially benefiting conditions involving nerve damage or neuropathy.
What does laser therapy treat?
Our podiatry team operate the therapeutic laser. It has revolutionised how we treat the following conditions:
- Heel pain and plantar fasciopathy/plantar fasciitis
- Shin splints
- Pain due to arthritis
- Neuropathic pain (seen in peripheral neuropathy and Morton’s neuroma)
- Achilles tendinopathy
- Slow-healing wounds
Meet our podiatrist, Sarah, who treats the above conditions with laser therapy. For more information or to book an appointment please call reception on 01423 797800.