Frequently Asked Questions about Laser Therapy
What does a treatment feel like?
There is little or no sensation during treatment – you may occasionally feel a mild, soothing warmth, or tingling.
Are there any side effects or associated risk?
In more than eighty years of use by healthcare providers all over the world, very few side effects have ever been reported, and generally result from extenuating conditions. For example, patients allergic to light may get a rash or blister for a few days, or old injuries or pain syndromes may occasionally feel aggravated for a few days, as the healing response is more active after treatment. Proper hydration is necessary to avoid Herck’s Syndrom when utilizing laser technology. Following recommendations of the Laser Technician is important. Herck’s is a fast release of toxins rather than a slow release.
How long does each treatment take?
A typical treatment is 4-8 minutes, depending on the size and condition of the area being treated.
How often should a patient be treated?
Acute conditions may be treated daily, particularly if they are accompanied by significant pain. More chronic problems respond better when treatments are received 2 to 3 times per week, tapering to once a week or every other week as symptoms improve.
How many treatments does it take?
The number and duration of treatment will depend on the nature of the condition being treated. For example, some acute conditions may need only 1-6 treatments, while those of a more chronic nature may require 10-15. Conditions such as severe arthritis may require ongoing periodic care to control pain. (NOTE: Class IV laser dosages are higher than Class IIIb, but great efficacy is reported when both are used independently or simultaneously, since the two serve different purposes.)
How long before the results are felt?
You may feel improvement (usually pain reduction) after the very first treatment, but sometimes it will take a number of treatments. This does not mean that you are not improving, rather each treatment is cumulative and results are often not felt until after 3 or 4 sessions.
Can laser therapy be used in conjunction with other forms of treatment?
Yes. Laser therapy is often used with other forms of treatment, such as chiropractic care, massage therapy, after other procedures, such as surgery.