Chiropractors use various treatment techniques, including spinal adjustments, massage therapy, physical therapy, acupuncture, and manual manipulation. Additionally, a chiropractor may use laser therapy, which is non-invasive and highly effective in treating acute and chronic conditions. The chiropractors at Central Alabama Spine Center in Trussville and Birmingham, AL, use laser therapy as a chiropractic care tool. Following are the answers to several questions we frequently receive about laser therapy.
How is laser therapy administered?
Laser treatments are performed using a laser handpiece about one-half inch above the treatment area. The laser beam is targeted to the area where the patient has an injury or is experiencing pain.
How many laser therapy treatments should I have with a chiropractor?
The number of laser treatments depends significantly upon the condition or injury being treated. Most patients with acute conditions only require about five or six laser therapy treatments. However, people with chronic conditions may require six to 12 treatments. Since every person heals differently, check with your chiropractor to see how many treatments are needed.
How long will a laser treatment appointment take?
Laser therapy treatment is a drug-free, non-invasive, relatively quick, and painless procedure. On average, a treatment session takes about five to ten minutes based on the size of the treatment area and how deep penetration is needed. The condition is treated using laser therapy and determines how long each appointment will take.
What does laser therapy treat?
Laser therapy can be used to treat a wide variety of musculoskeletal injuries and pain management. Pure laser light is developed directly to the affected area to help promote restoration and tissue repair. Laser therapy can treat plantar fasciitis, tendonitis, fibromyalgia, migraines, carpal tunnel syndrome, and arthritis. In addition, treatments can be used for neck, shoulder, hips, feet, and hands pain.
Is laser therapy painful?
Laser therapy treatment is not painful at all. Some patients claim to feel a slight warming sensation from the laser, but there are no reports of pain. The procedure is so gentle that many patients do not feel anything during treatment.
Schedule an Appointment with a Trussville and Birmingham, AL, Chiropractor Today
A chiropractor in Birmingham, AL, can discuss the benefits of laser therapy treatments and how they can help treat your pain. The Central Alabama Spine Center chiropractors can help treat your aches and determine if laser therapy is an option for your condition. Call our office today at (205) 868-3741 for more information or to schedule an appointment with our chiropractor.