Laser phototherapy (LPT), also known as low level laser therapy (LLLT), or cold laser is a form of phototherapy that involves the application of coherent light to injuries and lesions to stimulate healing. Laser therapy is used to increase the speed, quality and tensile strength of tissue repair, resolve inflammation, and give pain relief.
Laser therapy increases photon absorption on a cellular level. The absorption of photons in the mitochondria initiate a cascade of intercellular functions causing therapeutic benefits of wound healing, pain relief and tissue repair. The photonic energy is converted to chemical energy within the cell and increases the cells ATP—What that means is the cell has the energy to perform its cellular duty more efficiently.
Common conditions treated with laser therapy:
* Carpal tunnel syndrome
* Muscle strain
* Neck and low back pain
* Joint sprains
* Tennis/golfers elbow
* Soft tissue injury
Laser therapy is noninvasive, drug-free modality. It is contraindicated for pregnancy, cancer, transplant patients, and photosensitive patients.
Laser phototherapy is easily applied to patients and has relatively short treatment times. There are no known permanent or serious side effects from laser therapy.
Planter fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain and could be very hard to treat. Plantar fasciitis caused by overuse, and the resulting strain placed on the fibers close to the plantar fascia attachment to the heel bone. Traditional treatments of this condition consist of rest/ice, night splints, exercise, and medication. These treatments don’t always work and often take a long time. There is, however; a treatment that does work effectively and quickly…..called Graston.
Graston Technique® is a unique evidence-based form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization used by more than 22,650 clinicians worldwide. It is successful and effective at treating all soft tissue conditions, whether they are chronic or cute. Utilizing the Graston technique decreases overall time of treatment, faster rehabilitation/recovery, reduces the needs for anti-inflammatory medication and resolves chronic conditions thought to be permanent. Most plantar fastiistis cases will feel a difference with six to eight sessions being seen 2 times a week.
Ashiatsu, sometimes referred to as Oriental Bar Therapy, is a barefoot massage technique using deep compressive strokes that glide over the body. The masseuse stabilizes and adjusts pressure using bars located on the ceiling.
Ashiatsu creates a structural change in soft tissue and provides deep relaxation while stimulating the lymphatic system. It is great for both large and small body as, much like deep tissue massage, the practitioner is able to adjust the amount of pressure applied.
The technique helps to elongate the spine to improve posture and movement as well as creating a state of well-being.