Get deeper relief for soft-tissue injuries with High-Intensity Laser Therapy (HILT) at Tulsa Spine and Rehab and LifeMotion. Instead of masking symptoms with injections and prescriptions which do nothing to treat the underlying injury, High-Intensity Laser Therapy heals at the cellular level by regenerating soft tissue.
From young athletes suffering an acute injury to elderly patients with chronic pain, this therapy creates significant improvements in well-being for patients of all ages. The laser energy quickly reduces inflammation and promotes the cellular integrity of damaged cells.
How does High-Intensity Laser Therapy Work?
Human cells react positively when exposed to this high-intensity infrared laser energy. The photon receptors of each cell receive the laser energy and create a Photochemical response to the Mitochondria of each cell. The Mitochondria, being the powerhouse of each cell, expounds the release of Nitric Oxide and ATP to allow the body to heal quicker.
What can you expect?
This High-Intensity Laser Therapy is the most powerful, non-invasive, pain treatment available today providing maximum relief for acute, chronic and neuropathic pain, as well as regeneration of soft tissue injuries.
High-intensity laser (HIL) therapy uses low-level laser therapy and the right wavelength to penetrate deep into soft tissue. It’s a strong and non-addictive way to manage acute or chronic pain. This natural process of transferring energy hastens the healing process and helps with the regeneration of damaged cells and tissue. Many people seek HIL therapy to treat sports-related injuries and back pain.
How HIL Therapy Works
Laser energy can be used as a therapy when it’s of the same wavelength, constant phase and directional. The laser beam’s source is a semiconductor diode that produces just one wavelength of energy. The light from the diode is directed onto an optical fiber. The end of the optical fiber is connected to the laser’s applicator. The beam of light is refined by a series of lenses that ensure the direction and diameter of the energy. In our high-intensity laser therapy, we use the 1,065 nanometer (nm) wavelength. It offers a good balance between penetration and absorption into deep soft tissue. The power of our laser allows us to safely provide therapy in less than half the time of other types of tissue treatments.
What to Expect During HIL Therapy
During a laser therapy session, you may receive pulses or continuous laser treatment. The pulsing action is ideal as a pain reliever and anti-inflammatory solution to reduce swelling. Its micro-circulation effects speed up the healing process in acute injuries, such as sprains. For pain relief, the technician uses a spiral application of the laser beam’s energy.
Continuous laser beam penetration helps with healing, recovery and bio-stimulation. During a therapy session, you’ll wear safety glasses on your eyes. They protect your eyes from accidental laser beam exposure. The laser beam generates a lot of warmth, and the heat is part of the pain relief of the treatment. Our highly trained technicians carefully time the length of the treatments to avoid causing too much heat exposure from the laser beam. During continuous therapy, the technician makes a scanning motion with the laser beam.The laser operates quietly, but you may hear a soft humming or click.
Conditions That Benefit from HIL Therapy
HIL therapy is particularly helpful in the treatment of soft tissue sports injuries, such as a muscle strain. It’s also effective at relieving the pain from joint distortion or displacement. Many people choose this therapy for back pain caused by cervical vertebrae disorders and herniated discs. Low back pain also benefits from laser treatment. Some other conditions treated by high-intensity laser therapy include degenerative arthritis of the knee, hip or shoulder and trigger point pain. Most people have three to 15 treatments for relief from their symptoms. You’ll have about two to five sessions per week. If you’re being treated for acute pain, the frequency may decrease after the first week. If your laser therapy sessions are for chronic pain from arthritis or disc herniation, your frequency may be consistent for several weeks.