Frequently Asked Questions About Laser Treatment?
Q: What is Laser or Light Therapy?
A: Laser Therapy or "photobiomodulation", is a painless, sterile, non-invasive, drug-free treatment which uses accurately measured photons of light on the treatment area. By using specific coherent, monochromatic wavelengths of light (red and near infrared) it can improve healing time, reduce pain, increase circulation and decrease swelling.
Q: Does it hurt? What does a treatment feel like?
A: Depending on the area treated and the amount of laser needed, a mild, soothing warmth or tingling feeling may be felt. Areas of pain or inflammation may be sensitive briefly before pain reduction.
Q: How Do Low-Level Lasers Boost Immune Response?
Lasers supply energy to the body in the form of photons of light. When light waves penetrate deeply into the skin and surrounding tissues, they optimize the immune responses of the blood. The effects are both anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive.
Scientifically, it is a fact that light transmitted to the blood in this way has positive effective throughout the entire body, supplying vital oxygen and energy to other cell.
Q: Are there any side effects or associated risks?
A: Occasionally, some old injuries or pain syndromes may feel aggravated for a few hours or days after treatment. This is due to the body’s natural healing response being more active after treatment. However, during more than 20 years of use by healthcare providers all over the world, very few side effects have ever been reported.
Q: How long does a laser treatment take?
A: The typical treatment is 3 to 9 minutes, depending on the size of the area being treated and the type of injury or condition.
Q: Are there any safety risks associated with Class IV Laser Therapy?
A: The Class IV Diolase10 is extremely safe. However, it is not used over the eyes due to the sensitivity of the retina; therefore, all patients wear protective safety glasses during the treatment.
Q: How often should a patient be treated?
A: Acute conditions may be treated daily to several times a week, especially if they are accompanied by significant pain or swelling. More chronic problems respond better when treatments are received 2 to 3 times a week, tapering sessions with improvement.
Q: How many treatments does it take?
A: This depends on the nature of the condition being treated. For some acute conditions, 1 to 8 treatments may be sufficient. Chronic problems may require 10 to 15 (or more) treatments. Conditions such as severe arthritis may require ongoing periodic care to control pain.
Q: How long before results are felt?
A: You may feel improvement in your condition (usually pain reduction) after the very first treatment. Again, depending on the nature of the condition you may not feel a significant change for a number of treatments. This does not mean that the condition is not improving. Each treatment is cumulative and results are often felt after 3 to 5 sessions.
Q: Can The Laser Therapy be used in conjunction with other forms of treatment?
A: Yes. Laser Therapy is often used with other forms of therapy, including chiropractic, soft tissue mobilization (such as ART and Graston), massage and following surgery. Other healing modalities are complementary and can be used with laser to increase the effectiveness of the treatments
Q: What is its history?
A: The effects of red light on cellular function have been known since 1880 however the clinical benefits were only discovered by accident during laser safety tests in 1967. The first low-power lasers suitable for treating pain became available commercially in the late 1970's and ever since then, laser therapy has been widely utilized in Europe by physical therapists, nurses and doctors. Now, after FDA approval in 2001, laser therapy is quickly gaining popularity in the USA.
Q: Has effectiveness been demonstrated scientifically?
A: Yes. There are thousands of published studies demonstrating the clinical effectiveness of laser therapy. Among these, there are more than one hundred rigorously controlled, scientific studies that document the effectiveness of laser for many clinical conditions.
Q. What health problems have shown benefits from Laser Therapy?
Soft Tissue Injuries like:
- Back and Neck Pain
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Myofascial Trigger Points
- Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow)
- Sprains, Strains
- Repetitive Strain Injuries
- Chondromalacia Patellae
- Planter Fascitis
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Herpes Zoster (Shingles)
- Post-traumatic Injury
- Trigeminal Neuralgia
- Diabetic Neuropathy
- Venous Ulcers
- Amputee Stumps
- Diabetic Foot Ulcers
Degenerative Joint Conditions such as:
Neurogenic Pain like:
Chronic Non-Healing Wounds:
FQA about Kinetic Spine and Sports
What makes Kinetic Spine & Sports different from other chiropractic clinics?
We offer a unique combination of the most modern, clinically proven therapies, which offer our patients quick, effective and long-lasting results.
We provide patients with the research proven “gold standard” of care, consisting of adjustments, soft tissue treatments, rehabilitative exercise, and patient education. See our Services & Treatments page for more information.
Why should I see Dr. Danieley versus my family doctor for back or muscle pain?
Dr. Danieley has successfully completed extensive studies and specialized training in musculoskeletal anatomy, biomechanics, sports injuries, laser training, and rehabilitative exercise, allowing him to tailor an effective, personalized treatment program without the use of prescription medications or surgery.
Additionally, no health care profession is safer, more experienced, or achieves better results in treating back or muscle pain as does a Doctor of Chiropractic.
Once I begin treatment, will I have to come back for a long period of time?
No. Returning patients to their active lifestyles in the shortest timeframe possible is one of our primary goals. We base our care on the patient's individual needs and case complexity, not on predetermined treatment plans. The end of treatment usually depends on reaching activity and performance goals set by the patient and the Doctor. Once you have reached this goal, spent the money and time to get well, I recommend a once a month visit to avoid hitting “crisis mode” to maintain what you have achieved.
What is wellness care?
You spent the time and money to get yourself out of pain and functioning better. Why not maintain it? Visits once every 4-6 weeks ensures you won’t hit the wall again. Just as patients visit their dentist or optometrist periodically to avoid major problems, routine care reduces the chance of another crisis and allows us to address those small problems before they become more complex issues. However, you will never be required or pressured to receive maintenance care.
Why do Chiropractors adjust joints?
Adjustments restore motion to a joint and normalize its function. In most cases, other areas of the body that depend on it functioning normally will also benefit from adjustments. Medical textbooks will tell you that decreased motion in a joint leads to poor joint health and arthritis. Restoring motion to an area serves to improve the health of the joints and inhibits pain.
What can I expect on my first visit?
On your first visit you will receive a comprehensive physical exam that will evaluate joint motion, muscle tension and function, as well as gait analysis or other dynamic tests. X-rays are sometimes needed for the average patient, and are required when an injury is suspected. Treatment will start on your first visit.
The first visit usually takes about 30 – 45 minutes, depending on the type of problem. If patients have not completed their paperwork at home, or online, they are asked to arrive 15 minutes early.
Please see New Patients for more information.
Is it safe for me to visit the Chiropractor if I am pregnant?
Absolutely!!! Dr. Danieley is experienced at evaluating and treating the expectant mother as her body changes to accommodate the birthing process. Due to the effects of certain hormones, soft tissue work and rehab exercises are often more beneficial that adjusting, resulting in significant symptom relief for the mother. Dr. Danieley is trained in research-proven, pregnancy-related pain relief treatments, which are completely safe for the baby!
Pregnant women are often not allowed to take certain medications for the discomfort of low back, mid back, or pelvic pain. Dr. Danieley will work hand-in-hand with your OB/GYN to provide a safe, natural and drug-free alternative to help alleviate the pain.