Pain is an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience that can occur from a myriad of injuries or diseases. SPL therapy treats pain in several ways; it acts by decreasing C fiber activity and blocking neuron depolarization. It reduces the release of histamine and substance P, overall interrupting pain "pathways" and hypersensitivity. SPL therapy also increases the production of endorphins and nitric oxide. Laser therapy can be very effective for reducing both acute and chronic pain with both short and long term results.
Super pulse lasers use innovative technology to deliver light energy to tissue to reduce pain and increase circulation. The laser combines clinically proven wavelengths to create the energy effect which allows for deeper penetration and enhanced absorption of light. With this technology, super pulse lasers can deliver more power than most class IV lasers, yet with higher degrees of safety. The SPL our hospital uses has been classified by the FDA as having NHN approval. This means our laser emits energy in the infrared or other wavelengths providing a non-heating, non-thermal effect to avoid tissue damage.
Patients tolerate having the laser treatments very well - many find them so relaxing that they lay down and are reluctant to go home! Our patient featured below is receiving laser therapy treatment on some of the muscle trigger points around her hip joint!