How Does It Work?
Through Aspen Laser Therapy (also known as photobiomodulation therapy or “PBMT”), your cells absorb light energy. This energy leads to increased circulation and cellular energy production, which in turn boosts the rate and quality of tissue repair, increases muscle performance, and enhances recovery. The treatment relieves pain by decreasing inflammation and oxidative stress.
Benefits of Aspen Laser Treatment
Aspen Laser Therapy has been shown to reduce pain and inflammation and improve circulation.
Here are some of the many conditions for which Aspen Laser Therapy has been beneficial:
- Pain and Stiffness from Arthritis
- Inflammation due to Disc Injury
- Back and Neck Pain
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Joint Pain
- Muscle Spasms
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Post-Injury Pain and inflamation
- Post Surgical Pain
- Sprains and Strains
What to Expect
Each laser session starts with a recap of current symptoms and any changes to your complaints. Please dress appropriately so that your treatment areas are easily accessible. Safety goggles will be provided.
Treatment can involve several areas related to the complaint, and as treatment progresses, the area needing treatment often reduces in size as healing occurs. Initial treatment is done two days in a row to begin the healing process, followed by every other day until treatment is completed. In some cases, pain relief can be immediate as the treatment reduces inflammation and swelling in the injured area.
Laser Treatment FAQ
Laser treatment, as used in chiropractic offices, is not currently covered by health insurance. If Dr. Chiungos believes this is an integral part of your treatment plan, he will discuss all costs and potential discounts before the start of care.
Laser therapy has been in use for over thirty years with almost no side effects reported. Aspen Laser is FDA-registered and passes all safety compliance requirements. The treatments are not painful; in fact, laser is warm and comfortable to your skin. Dr. Chiungos will check in with you regularly to make sure the temperature feels right, and you can always speak up if it starts to feel too warm. The main safety concern is for the eyes, which is why Dr. Chiungos will provide protective glasses for both patient and doctor at each session.
Laser is effective on most parts of the body; however, there are times when laser is not appropriate:
- during pregnancy
- within twelve months of cancer treatments
- during the use of photo-sensitizing medications
- over recent steroid injections (seven days)
- over growth plates or reproductive glands
- over tattoos or skin infections
Laser therapy promotes energy production supporting cellular repair, increased blood flow, increased red blood cell oxygen-carrying capacity, and decrease of inflammation. When used in conjunction with traditional chiropractic, laser can reduce pain and healing time, and promote a deeper, more complete healing to the area of concern.
Sessions typically last 15 to 20 minutes, depending on the size of the treatment area. They generally start longer and reduce in length as you heal. Most acute conditions require only 10 – 12 treatment sessions. If you have a chronic condition, you may need 12 – 20 treatments and one or two follow-up sessions every month. The amount and frequency of treatments are determined through assessment of your condition combined with Dr. Chiungos’s experience treating patients with laser. You will likely start to feel better after your first 5 sessions.