Laser therapy and Neuromuscular Stimulation at The Rollins Center
Low Level Laser Therapy
By using focused, concentrated light to affected tissue, we can relieve muscle and joint pain, decrease inflammation, and increase blood flow to affected areas to aid in healing. Conditions particularly useful for laser therapy include: joint conditions such as arthritis, hip dysplasia, and knee injuries (pre and post-surgery); trigger points and muscle spasms; soft tissue injuries and wound management among many others.
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Is laser therapy supported by scientific research?
More than 2,500 published studies worldwide involving laser therapy, with over 100 double-blind studies published. There are several effects that have been observed with therapeutic lasers, and phototherapy in general, that make laser therapy unique among the various healing modalities available today. Photobiomodulation produces changes in oxidation/reduction status of the mitochondria which lead to substantial increases in ATP synthesis. Activation of the sodium/potassium pump alters the cell membrane permeability.
How many treatments are necessary?
The number of sessions will depend on the exact diagnosis, age and overall health status of the patient, and other factors. In general, acute conditions can be treated more frequently and require fewer visits, typically 4-6. Chronic conditions may require more visits, and do not need laser treatment as frequently. The effects of laser treatments are cumulative.
Patients may experience significant pain relief very quickly – it is important to follow through with care in order to benefit from the biostimulative properties of therapeutic laser light.
Are there any safety risks?
These treatments are extremely safe when applied by a properly trained professional.
How does laser therapy and neuromuscular stimulation complement chiropractic therapy?
When applied before chiropractic adjustment, these therapies are very beneficial. One of the primary problems with adjustments is the natural guarding and splinting of the stabilizer muscles and ligamentous structures. Laser and neuromuscular therapy eliminates this response, giving your pet a more effective, comfortable, longer lasting benefit from chiropractic treatment. Patients benefit from reduced pain and inflammation, increased range of motion and enhanced tissue repair.
How long has laser therapy been in use?
The laser was invented in 1960 and the biostimulative properties of laser light were first discovered in 1967. Therapy lasers have been used in Europe much longer than in the United States. The United States Food and Drug Administration (US FDA) first cleared therapy lasers in 2002, and Class IV lasers in 2003.
“The Rollins Center offers animals the same state of the art rehabilitation services that I use in my career as a professional athlete. Our services can assist patients with post-surgical recovery; prevention of further injury; recovery and healing of muscle strains, ligament ruptures, joint sprains and bone fractures; assuaging of patient anxiety or stress; reduction of muscle tightness or spasm; management of chronic conditions including arthritis and degenerative disease; promotion of flexibility and range of motion; weight management; and other beneficial therapies.” -Jimmy Rollins, All Star shortstop for the Philadelphia Phillies