There has been a noticeable rise in the number of people struggling with chronic pain conditions in the Geelong region over the past eighteen months. This is due to our more stationary lifestyles during the COVID 19 pandemic along with gym closures and the difficulty accessing face-to-face treatment options due to lockdown restrictions.
Chronic pain is debilitating, both physically and mentally and affects our ability to maintain productive days at work and our relationships with family and friends as it often leads social withdraw when the amount of physical and emotional pain is significant. Chronic pain has been associated with mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, sleep disturbances and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Finding relief from chronic pain is therefore vital to our ability to live a joyful, pain-free lifestyle.
Treating chronic pain is no small feat and it impacts every aspect of your life. If you currently live with chronic pain, you know this all too well. The impact of chronic pain on your mental health can also be devastating. Many people find themselves in a cycle of despair when they realise traditional treatments do not work for them. But there is hope.
Laser therapy has proven a highly effective treatment for chronic pain, which means it could help break the cycle of despair you or someone you love experiences. This blog post explores how laser therapy works and why it is a valuable tool that combats chronic pain in a way that is non-invasive and free of chemicals and side-effects.
Low level laser therapy (LLLT)
Laser therapy treatment uses light to heal the body. The technique has grown in popularity lately as more people seek alternative treatments for their chronic pain management. Laser therapy targets specific areas of the body, such as joints or muscles. The laser energy stimulates healing on a cellular level. Chronic pain caused by inflammation, such as arthritis or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), can be effectively treated with laser therapy. This treatment helps people who suffer from chronic pain in their back and neck regions because it targets the muscles causing that type of pain.
Clinical trial show that laser therapy reduces pain, increases mobility, and range of motion for the muscles, which helps you feel better both physically and mentally. No matter what kind of chronic pain you have, laser therapy can provide relief.
Neck pain is a generic form of chronic pain and likely to affect people working from home and spending more time at their computers.
Laser therapy has been used to treat many pain conditions, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), chronic low back pain, chronic neck strain/backache and fibromyalgia. Laser therapy can be delivered in a variety of ways depending on the condition you have and how intense your pain is. One way laser therapy is delivered is through a flexible fibre-optic probe administered directly to the area where the pain resides.
Although laser probes have been used for years, they are not as well-known as other forms of treatment delivery methods because of the lack of extensive research into their use. So, while more patients have turned to laser therapy to manage their chronic pain, many GPs are still unfamiliar with it as a pain management tool and are therefore hesitant to recommend it. However, laser therapy remains a wonderful way for many types of chronic pain sufferers to find relief without having to rely on traditional treatments like medications and surgeries.
COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How does laser therapy/photobiomodulation work?
What is the science behind the magic of laser therapy? Laser therapy facilitates photons (packets of light energy) in near-infrared (visible) and infrared (invisible) light to be absorbed by the body. The photons enter the cell's mitochondria and enhance cellular metabolism, which increases the production of ATP (adenosine triphosphate).
The mitochondria have a photoreceptor called cytochrome c oxidase that is responsible for absorbing photons. When photons are absorbed by cytochrome c oxidase, it leads to increased energy levels in the cell.
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Does photobiomodulation work on everyone?
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Shannon Bowmen from Create Balance Laser Therapy is motivated by the desire to help patients heal from chronic health issues and determined to support his clients to live the lives they deserve by using the most effective, cutting-edge, and research-based treatments.
As the founder and lead therapist at 'Balance for Life,' Shannon understands the impact of chronic pain because he has suffered with it for many years. He became an enthusiastic advocate for photobiomodulation therapy after his persistent discomfort was alleviated by photobiomodulation treatment. Read about Shannon's battle with chronic pain here.
If you or someone you know has chronic pain that has not responded well to more medications or surgery, give laser therapy a try.
To find answers to all your laser therapy questions, click here or to make an appointment with a therapist at our pain clinic click here.