Chiropractic Laser Therapy in Greenville, SC

Joint aches and pains become more prevalent as we age and over 116 million Americans are affected by musculoskeletal pain. However, advances in both technology and medicine can help reduce pain and realign joints that may no longer be working at their best. Chiropractic laser therapy is one such medical and technological advancement that allows for a faster recovery time from common ailments due to age or accidental injuries. Chiropractors can assist with more than just realigning joints through the usage of chiropractic laser therapy. For patients looking to find a long-term solution to aches and pains, chiropractic laser therapy should be considered as one of the first options.

The lasers used with chiropractic laser therapy can be hot or cool lasers. Cool lasers reduce inflammation in joints and patients report feeling fewer sensations than heat lasers. However, heat-generating lasers tend to be more effective at targeting deep injuries with patients reporting a warming sensation during treatment. Additionally, chiropractic laser therapy can help boost the body’s natural healing response and may reduce downtime from injuries. Thanks to research done starting in the 1960s by Russia and Europe, lasers have been used in various roles over the past sixty years to aid with reducing musculoskeletal pain and helping to get patients on the road to recovery faster. It is also less costly than getting prescribed medications or having to alter daily routines due to a reversible injury. 

What Is A Chiropractic Laser?

The laser devices focus lightwaves (both red and near-infrared) on the area to be treated and can penetrate both skin and tissues. Laser treatments work at the cellular level much like photosynthesis with plants where the light triggers changes at the chemical level. Treatment time varies based on the size of the treatment area but typically only takes the chiropractor a few minutes to administer. It is a safe, non-invasive procedure that requires neither surgery nor additional medications. Most people don’t notice any side effects after receiving treatment although some people do report a slight tingling sensation which can be attributed to the increased blood flow traveling to the treated area. Several of the most common ailments chiropractic laser therapy can assist with include inflammation, sprains, strains, bursitis, tendonitis, and arthritis.

Here at Carolina Health Innovations, we use a Class IV laser which is a heat laser for our chiropractic laser therapy. Class IV chiropractic lasers help regenerate soft tissues, bone regeneration and improve nerve regeneration. Patients who have received chiropractic laser therapy have reported no effects minus a slight warming sensation at the area being treated. Our patients are getting back to their normal lives and routines faster after receiving personalized treatment based on their unique needs. 

Benefits of Chiropractic Laser Therapy

Research has shown that lasers can help by increasing oxygen and blood flow, promoting calcium uptake, and increasing neurotransmitter release. The lasers can also target pain more efficiently and accurately, increasing the effectiveness of the treatments, especially for those with chronic pain. Targeting an area with a chiropractic laser therapy session soon after an injury can help reduce swelling faster, promoting healing far more rapidly. Chiropractic laser therapy can also trigger endorphins, rebuild connective tissues, and help the immune system create more chemicals to help heal damaged tissues. The most commonly injured parts of the body include the back, neck, and knee joints, most of which can be addressed through either chiropractic adjustments or through laser therapy.

People suffering from back injuries seem to feel the most benefits from chiropractic laser therapy. And as back injuries are typically far more debilitating than most other injuries, finding a way to recover from a back injury is critical for patients. The majority of patients seeking assistance from chiropractors are usually looking for relief from neck or back pains. But there are other types of pain that benefit from visiting a chiropractor to receive treatment. Knee injuries are the third most common type of chronic pain and can cause huge disruptions as well in the patient’s daily routines. With the rise in obesity, the United States has seen an increase in the amount of knee pain. Over the next twenty-five years, doctors expect to see a rise in knee-related injuries due to the overweight population aging and needing more medical care.

Some Injury Types It Can Treat

Strains occur when a tendon or muscle is torn, overstretched, or twisted. The symptoms of a strain include pain, tenderness, swelling, bruising, muscle spasms, cramping, muscle weakness, and limited movement in the area of the injury. While similar to a strain, a sprain occurs when a ligament is torn, overstretched, or twisted. The symptoms of a sprain include pain, swelling, bruising, limited joint movement, inability to use the joint normally or put weight on it, or a “popping” feeling at the time of the injury. Chiropractic laser therapy can assist with both sprains and strains by reducing inflammation, increasing healing at the cellular level, and promoting collagen production to repair the ligaments and tendons.

Tendon injuries also see a huge improvement when treated with chiropractic laser therapy. The laser facilitates collagen production in a manner that promotes tendon regeneration and healing. Tendonitis occurs most commonly when performing repetitive movements over and over, however, it can also occur with a sudden injury. People who play sports, especially tennis, run the risk of long-term injuries while doing what they love. For those suffering from tendonitis, chiropractic laser therapy has the benefit of regenerating damaged tissues and speeding up the recovery time for the patients. 

Arthritis affects almost 54 million people in the United States. Chiropractic laser therapy can help patients suffering from arthritis by increasing procollagen synthesis and fibroblast proliferation which leads to stronger fibrosis and an increase in joint mobility. As chiropractic laser therapy can reduce inflammation in the damaged joints, it becomes an ideal treatment for arthritis. Of the treatments currently available, chiropractic laser therapy has multiple benefits that really work to the advantage of the elderly including no side effects and no additional medicines. It is also not as cost preventive as some pain prescriptions and treatments can be.

Similar to arthritis, bursitis affects many people as they get older. Bursitis occurs when a bursa sac gets inflamed or irritated from using a joint too much or applying too much pressure to the sac. Bursa sacs reduce friction between bones, muscles, tendons, and skin and are found all over the body. By using chiropractic laser therapy, patients suffering from bursitis can find relief from the pain caused by an inflamed bursa sac. Most of the time, bursitis comes with age and affects people over 40 years old. But it is possible to suffer the effects of bursitis by not stretching before a workout, sudden injuries, or if the patient is already suffering from other conditions including gout and rheumatoid arthritis. While bursitis may go away on its own, treatment is recommended for faster recovery.

Chiropractic laser therapy is not just for those suffering from injuries. Athletes have turned to laser therapy to help with post-workout recovery and to improve performance. Similar to how the lasers assist injured patients, athletes find that laser therapy helps promote cellular regeneration and ease soreness from intense workouts. For older patients, chiropractic laser therapy can help them remain active and reduce the number of prescriptions they may have to take. Reducing prescription pain dependency can also reduce the risk of patients developing an opioid addiction. The lack of side effects after laser therapy is one of the major advantages of receiving this treatment.

Is It Expensive?

Although consumers can purchase lasers for use at home, doctors advise against this as the average person is not trained to operate a laser. The lasers must be calibrated for proper light dosage, intensity, frequency, the position of the laser, and the length of the treatment. Protective eye gear is also required when using most types of lasers. Lasers are not recommended for patients suffering from cancer in the area to be treated, epilepsy due to the use of lights, or if the patient is pregnant. We strive to provide the best care for our patients and to create the right treatment plan for each patient based on their unique needs. 

The main downside to chiropractic laser therapy is that most insurances consider it experimental medicine and may not cover treatment. Laser treatments on average cost between $50 and $200 per session, which is very affordable when compared to other pain management alternatives like prescription medicines or surgeries. Typically, most injuries will require six to twelve treatments depending on the severity of the injury, however, some injuries may require up to 30 treatments. It is definitely worth looking into chiropractic laser therapy treatment to reduce long-term pain, avoid potentially getting addicted to opioids, or for preventative maintenance to keep the patient’s body in better shape. Our goal is to provide you with the best treatments available in Greenville, South Carolina so please give us a call to learn more about how we can get you and your body performing better.

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