Laser therapy is the use of a laser to promote cell growth. Its frequency promotes the production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) within cells. High amounts of ATP give cells more energy to multiply quickly and speed healing. Laser is especially recommended for tendon and ligament tears, but will also work for muscle or other tissue damage. Each session lasts 5-15 minutes and involves the placement of a handheld device on the injured area. Most patients feel warmth during the treatment. Multiple sessions at frequent intervals are recommended to maximize benefit.
Laser therapy projects a large amount of light energy in a small amount of tissue. The small treatment area is best for healing local problems (4"x6" area) like sprains/strains, plantar fasciaitis, headaches, jaw pain, and fractures. The high power allows deep penetration of light energy and is therefore best suited to more severe problems and/or problems that are located deep within the body like tendonopathies, neuropathies, chronic regional pain syndrome, bowel pain, and menstural pain.
Red light LED therapy has a large treatment area with a smaller amount of power. Thus, it is best for treating the whole body on a frequent basis. Because of its lower power level, it is also better suited for problems that are more superficial level, like skin lesions, wrinkles, cellulite, circulatory problems, and muscle recovery from workout. Because it works on the whole body, frequent red light therapy is also helpful for promoting overall wellness and preventing disease.