Laser therapy or photobiomodulation is the use of certain light wavelengths to improve a patient’s health. Infrared wavelengths are the most commonly used, and they can be used to decrease swelling, reduce pain, improve circulation and promote healing. European doctors have used laser therapy since the 1970s and the FDA cleared it for use in the US in 2002. At Chiropractic Health Center, we use K-Laser Therapy to accelerate healing, manage chronic pain, and decrease inflammation – among other things.
How does K-Laser Therapy Work?
K-Laser therapy works by using infrared light to stimulate red blood cells and make them transport oxygen to injured tissues more quickly. Other cells get stimulated to remove waste products like carbon dioxide and lactic acid from the area more quickly. The lasers also stimulate an enzyme called cytochrome oxidase in the cells’ mitochondria that produces more energy for the cells. A K-laser promotes healing in tissues like bones, muscles and ligaments. It also reduces swelling and pain.
The K-Laser uses three infrared wavelengths, and each one has a specific function. 800 nanometers (nm) lasers target the cytochrome oxidase enzyme and it goes the deepest into the body. 905 nm lasers stimulate the red blood cells, and 970 nm lasers stimulate the circulation. K-laser therapy can be used to treat chronic conditions like arthritis, repetitive-use injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome, acute injuries like sprains, and traumatic injuries.
What to Expect during K-Laser Therapy Treatment
A single treatment session takes about five to 20 minutes, depending on the condition being treated and/or the size of the treatment area. Most patients will need to undergo six to 12 treatments over two to four weeks. Our medical team will work with you to create a treatment plan that is tailored to your needs. Patients should be advised that relief from pain does not necessarily mean that they have been cured. It is generally a bad idea to stop the treatments prematurely because the symptoms can come back, possibly even worse.
K-Laser therapy does not hurt, but the patient may feel some tingling or warmth. K-laser therapy can be performed along with other therapies like massage, chiropractic or shockwave therapy.
At the Chiropractic Health Center in Greenville, South Carolina, our doctors will be able to answer any questions or concerns you might have about K-Laser therapy treatment. Contact us today to schedule your consultation. We will help you get back to feeling your best.