by Dr. Rafael Cui , PT, DPT
Whether you’ve strained your back or had a knee replacement surgery, pain and
inflammation are often the biggest factors in decreasing one’s quality of life following injury or
surgery. Rehabilitative exercises, such as stretches and strengthening exercises, prescribed by a
physical therapist are a key component to most patients’ recovery from injury or pain. But what
if our pain levels are too high to even complete daily tasks like getting in and out of bed? Or
what if we have an upcoming 5k race and need to get back to training ASAP? This is where Deep
Tissue Laser Therapy can be a game changer in your life.
Laser therapy has been adopted as an essential pain management tool by athletic
trainers in the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, FIFA, and Olympic teams. Laser therapy is a non-invasive
treatment to help reduce pain and inflammation. This pain relief treatment is FDA-approved
and enables patients to have an alternative to potentially dangerous drugs and surgery. Laser
therapy treatments take only about 10-15 minutes depending on the condition being treated.
You may feel a soothing warmth as the therapy is being administered, beginning an 18 to 24-
hour process of modulated cellular activity leading to decreased pain and inflammation.
But how does the laser therapy work? Laser Therapy accelerates your body’s own
natural healing process through “photo-bio-modulation”. The laser therapy works by flooding
the affected tissue with photons, which energizes cells resulting in increased circulation to the
injured area and ultimately pain reduction.
Now how do we incorporate Laser therapy into your physical therapy plan of care? If
you or a loved one has ever experienced a major injury or surgery, you know first-hand that the
pain can be incredibly debilitating. Our job as physical therapists are to not only get you out of
pain but also ensure you have enough strength and endurance to do the activities you love.
Often times, pain is the limiting factor on how quickly we can progress your exercises, which
may slow down the overall healing process. The accelerated rate of pain relief experienced with
laser therapy can allow your physical therapist to progress your exercises more rapidly, helping
you get back to what you love to do.
Not all laser therapy treatments are created equal. The recent development of higher-
power Class IV systems affords your Physical Therapist the ability to efficiently deliver effective
doses of light deep into tissue to reduce pain, reduce inflammation, and accelerate healing.
Readers of the Gainesville Neighbors are eligible for a risk-free trial session of our Class IV Deep
Tissue Laser Therapy. Give us a call to experience the pain relief of laser therapy today!