For a noninvasive and drug-free solution to pain and inflammation, try deep tissue laser therapy at Total Health Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Center. The team of expert doctors and physical medicine specialists in Florham Park, New Jersey, offer deep tissue laser therapy – also called cold laser therapy – for joint pain, arthritis, tendonitis, disc herniations, and other physical ailments. To schedule a visit, call or use the online booking tool now.
Deep tissue laser therapy – also called cold laser therapy – is a painless and noninvasive therapy to heal injured tissues and reduce inflammation. Deep tissue lasers are categorized as class IV lasers and use different wavelengths of visible light to penetrate the skin in order to access deep tissues, including muscles, tendons, and ligaments.
Deep tissue lasers are considered low-level lasers since they only produce visible light, rather than using light energy to cut through tissues – like higher level lasers used in surgeries. Deep tissue lasers do not produce heat and can be placed directly next to the skin safely.
Deep tissue lasers emit light waves that penetrate the skin before reaching a target tissue, including:
Deep tissue lasers can also be used over joints to target cartilage, discs, and labrum tissue.
When the light reaches the target tissue it is absorbed by light-sensitive cells in the tissue. The light-sensitive cells use the energy transmitted by the light to heal tissues in the areas that are damaged, irritated, or inflamed.
By triggering healing on a cellular level, deep tissue lasers can reduce inflammation, swelling, and pain and speed up healing times compared to other therapies – including soft tissue work and stretching.
During your cold laser session, you and your doctor wear protective eyeglasses to block the visible light from irritating your eyes. Your doctor uncovers your skin at the treatment site – providing draping with towels or sheets for modesty, as needed – and holds the handpiece of the laser over the skin.
Once the laser is turned on, it will pulse on and off for 30-60 second intervals. You may feel a mild warming sensation or nothing at all. This procedure can be performed for about five to 10 minutes and you’ll likely need a series of eight or more visits to see the best results.
After your session, you’ll get dressed privately – if needed – before returning to your usual daily activities. Generally, you won’t notice a difference immediately after treatment as it can take a few days for inflammation and swelling to go away. Your doctor may provide at-home care recommendations, including ice and stretches, to help decrease inflammation and relieve your pain.
To determine if deep tissue laser therapy can help you, call Total Health Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Center or schedule a visit online now.