The term Laser is an acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation, which is a fancy way of saying that electrons are stimulated in a medium and as a result release Photons. These Photons penetrate the skin and are absorbed by certain cells in the body.


WP Physio Therapists have recently switched from Low level laser therapy (LLLT) to High Intensity Laser Therapy (HILT). The higher-powered device allows more Photons to enter the tissue per second, which effectively allows us to treat a larger area in a shorter amount of time, as well as to penetrate deeper into the tissue.


Laser is used by some physiotherapists to treat various musculoskeletal and neurological conditions and is a non-invasive treatment that generates a single wavelength of light. This light emits no sound or vibration but can provide a soothing, deep heating effect. Laser is believed to affect the function of the cells by stimulating the cytochrome C inside of the mitochondria which drives cellular metabolism. It also impacts signalling molecules which affect the inflammatory cascade and cell regeneration.


Benefits of Laser Therapy:
The benefits of the HILT are significant for physiotherapy and makes this tool useful to enhance other treatments, such as therapeutic exercise. The effects of laser therapy include:


  • Reduction of inflammation: It can occur within hours to days.
  • Pain relief
  • Accelerated tissue regeneration

In physiotherapy, the beneficial effect of HILT makes it a valuable tool for treating acute and chronic pain, musculoskeletal injuries, chronic pathologies like Osteoarthritis, and open wounds such as post-surgical incisions, and even cracked nipples due to breastfeeding!

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