Low level Laser Therapy administered by Lily Enright
Laser Therapy also called low level laser therapy or cold therapy is a safe, painless technology that has been scientifically proven to effectively treat a wide range of both acute and chronic conditions. Lasers work by supplying energy to the area being treated in the form of photon light. This energy is absorbed by the cells in the tissue where it accelerates the normal rate of tissue healing.
Over the years laser therapy has been integrated at the Craniosacral & Physical Therapy clinic. It has proven to be very beneficial in the treatment of persistent and “difficult-to-treat” conditions, including achilles tendonitis, arthritis, plantar fasciitis and other joint and muscle pains.
Benefits of Laser Therapy
- Treatment can commence immediately after injury.
- Safe to treat over pins and plates and pacemakers.
- Drug free pain relief without the unwanted side-effects.
Clinical effects of low level laser therapy
- Reduces swelling and inflammation: Stimulates lymphatic drainage to reduce swelling.
- Speeds up healing: Stimulates the cells around the injury to increase the speed, quality and strength of tissue repair.
- Pain relief: Inhibits the nerves related to the site of pain.
- Pre-existing scar tissue also improves after laser treatment.
Conditions treated using Laser Therapy include: -
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Golfers Elbow & Tennis Elbow
- Inflammatory conditions - tendonitis, bursitis, myositis, fascitis, synovitis and general tissue inflammatory conditions
- Joint pain - rheumatic pain, arthritis, TMJ, knee joint pain, ankle joint pain, hip joint pain, shoulder joint pain
- Muscle, Tendons, Ligaments - Muscle tears, rotator cuff tears, tendons tears, ligament strains and sprains, fractures, subluxations,
- Nerve Pain & Neuralgia
- Pain Control - low back pain, arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, calcification, chondromalacia patella, head and neck injuries, whiplashes, and Achilles tendonitis
- Sports Injuries
Clinical Application of Laser Therapy
Laser therapy helps with pain-relief and addresses the inflammation in arthritic conditions. Results can be very noticeable in the early stages of arthritis. While pain is eased in chronic conditions it can take up to 6 months before a turning point is noticed and substantial results are seen. It also appears that adding laser therapy to prescribed medication gives improved results over medication alone.
Laser therapy inhibits inflammation, eases pain, reduces swelling and joint tenderness in patients presenting with gout.
In osteoarthritis of the hip joint, therapy can improve and strengthen the surrounding tissues. It prevents swelling as it triggers anti-inflammatory processes.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Laser therapy can be very effective in treating the painful condition known as carpal tunnel syndrome. It eliminates neuralgic compression by reducing inflammation. Laser therapy can lead to total recovery especially if the condition is treated in the early stages. For treatment to be successful it is advisable for the area to be treated every 3 to 4 days and at times up to 10 treatments can be necessary.
In more chronic conditions where surgery may be necessary the therapy helps with the reduction of pain and wound healing.
Tendonitis & Golfers and Tennis Elbow
Laser is known to relieve pain, reduce swelling and encourage the generation of tissue as part of the healing process in acute cases. In more chronic cases it can restart the healing process and manage the condition.
In acute cases laser to the affected area including trigger point therapy is advised every 2 - 3 days for around 3 weeks.
Laser Therapy speeds up recovery of sports injuries
What do David Beckham, Padráig Harrington & Michael Owen have in common? The answer is that they use laser therapy to speed up their recovery.
Laser therapy is not only for top athletes but has been incorporated into Lily Enright's Physical Therapy & Sports Injury Clinic, in Ennis Co. Clare since 2005.
National athletes, Clare County Hurlers, World Champion Dancers and showjumping enthuasists have benefited from laser therapy. Telephone 087 7636239 to find out how Laser Therapy can get you back on track faster.
Here is why many of the world's top athletes incorporate laser therapy into the physical therapy programme.
1 Published clinical and physiological evidence supports the use of laser and LED photobiomodulation for soft tissue injuries and joint conditions than any electrotherapy modality used traditionally by physiotherapists and physical therapists.
2. It's quick, simple, non invasive and easy to apply.
3. It can be used immediately after injuries occur and post surgery over pins, plates and scars.
4. Helps manage pain.
5. Reduces inflammation (swelling)
6. Speeds up the healing, quality and tensile strength of damagedtissue to get you back on track faster.
7. Increases immune system function.