What is Laser Therapy?
Laser therapy employs low power or 'soft' laser light to aid the natural healing process of the body safely and effectively. It has been used for over 30 years and is widely available in the medical field for treatment of pain, wound healing and musculoskeletal conditions.
Laser therapy achieves improved outcomes and rapid healing in the treatment of sports injuries, plantar fasciitis (heel pain), epicondylitis (tennis elbow), Achilles tendonitis, acute and chronic back pain, adhesions, rheumatoid and osteo-arthritis, chronic oedema and fracture healing.
How does it work?
The physiological effects of laser therapy have been extensively researched and the details of the mechanisms are increasingly becoming understood. Particular wavelengths of light stimulate the body's healing cells: initial absorption by the mitochondria leads to increased fibroblast cell proliferation and migration, with modulation of cytokine levels, growth factors, inflammatory mediators and increased tissue oxygenation – all part of the natural healing process.
In addition to the local cellular effects, research on low level laser therapy has demonstrated both enhanced levels of endorphin release, and the suppression of pain messages previously sent to the brain.
Combining these effects with those from its use in stimulating acupuncture and 'trigger' points, low level laser is an excellent therapy for treating pain.
What can I expect when I visit an Osteopath?
When you visit an Osteopath for the first time a full case history will be taken followed by a postural examination. You will normally be asked to remove some of your clothing and perform a simple series of movements. The osteopath will then use a highly developed sense of touch,called palpation, to identify any weakness or strains throughout the body. Occasionally we also refer you for x-rays, MRI or blood tests.
We strive at all times to make you feel comfortable. If you don't feel happy undressing to your underwear or are unable to do so for cultural reasons, please let us know. You may want to bring comfortable shorts and a vest or we can provide a gown.
Patients can benefit from resolution of soft tissue injuries and pain syndromes without the discomfort and side effects of many other forms of treatment.
Patients respond quickly when treating soft tissue conditions and pain, with results usually evident in the first 1-2 treatments. Treatment times per session are relatively short so overall treatment time shows no significant increase against that of most traditional treatments.
Laser therapy used in combination with general osteopathic techniques can offer dramatic pain relief and help rapid resolution of acute and chronic pain syndromes.
Do I need a doctors' referral?
You don't need a doctors' referral to see us. We do however work closely with GPs/Consultants who will occasionally recommend patients to us.