A Chiro’s Take on Laser Therapy

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A note from the Doc

Dr. Dean Green-wood:

“I was skeptical at first, I didn’t see how lasers could do anything. But I’ve proven that not to be the case. It’s very useful in my option”.

When it comes to low-level laser therapy (LLLT), skepticism is a common reaction. Plenty of articles on the web question this relatively new modality, leaving patients and doctor’s confused. But DC’s who researched it and went on to provide it say laser therapy is effective- and they have proof.

Proof that it works

Dr. David Kunashko, director of education and training at laser equipment provider Meditech International Inc in Toronto, explains the theory behind LLLT: Laser light stimulates injured cells, causing them to metabolize more quickly than they would normally. That metabolism accelerates the healing process. A 2009 report in the Lancet indicated that LLLT reduces neck pain. In 2010, the American Physical Therapy Association recommended clinicians use LLLT to relieve pain and stiffness for patients who have Achilles tendinopathy. A 2014 report in the cochrane library focused on people who have frozen shoulder, and indicated that patients who receive LLLT experience less pain than people who received placebos.

In conclusion, if you are curious about laser treatment set up a consultation and give it a try or ask your current chiropractor if this is the right treatment for you.

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