Back Pain Treatment
Back pain is one of the most common complaints of Individuals over the age of 50. While back pain is sometimes caused by injury or muscle strain, many times it is a result of a degenerative spine condition that has developed with age and repetitive motion. Millions of people have back pain, but very few are fully aware of all the alternative treatments available to them.
Before you give up hope that you’ll ever find relief from your back pain, make sure you explore the variety of conservative, nonsurgical treatments available. These could include anything from holistic treatments to walking, swimming, over-the-counter pain medication or hot-cold compresses, massage. Be sure to consult your doctor before attempting any treatment or regimen of diet or exercise, and always stop any activities that make your back pain worse.
Back pain can be a debilitating condition often causing social and lifestyle issues, low level laser therapy treatment can help alleviate chronic back pain. Low level laser therapy, also known as cold laser therapy, is the application of red and near infra-red light over tissue injuries to improve soft tissue healing and give relief for both acute and chronic pain.
What is Low Level Laser Therapy?
At Elite Clinic in Uddingston our low level laser therapist, has studied and specialised in all types of laser therapy for over the last 9 years, she can treat a wide variety of conditions using laser therapy.
- Arthritis pain
- Back pain
- Musculoskeletal pain
- Fibromyalgia pain
- Knee pain
- Neck pain
- Foot pain (plantar fasciitis,morton's neuroma)
- Sports injuries
Low level Laser Therapy (LLLT) is a colloquial term for photobiomodulation or Cold laser Laser Therapy.
It is a light therapy using lasers or LEDs to improve tissue repair, reduce pain and inflammation wherever the beam is applied. Usually applied by a doctor, health professional (Physiotherapist, Podiatrist, Chiropractor, Nurse) treatments take about 10 - 30 minutes and can be applied several times a week if required.
low level laser therapy has been used for many years on sports injuries, arthritic joints, neuropathic pain syndromes, back and neck pain.
LLLT has undergone over 1000 published laboratory studies and is already proven in over 100 successful randomised double blind controlled clinical trials (RCT’s). These trials include osteo-arthritis and other sports injuries as well as back and neck pain.
The 3 main benefits in joint and muscle injuries are:
- Tissue repair—Rapid regeneration of skin, muscle, tendons, ligament, bone and nerves.
- Inflammation—Resolution of inflammation.
- Pain relief—Temporary inhibition of nerve conditions in nerve fibres.
At Elite Clinic we use THOR low level laser therapy who's customers include British and US military, Premier Division soccer teams, Olympic teams, Formula 1, rugby and cricket team therapists as well as specialist pain clinics in the UK and USA.
How does Low Level Laser therapy treatment work?
Cold lasers are handheld devices used by the clinician and are often the size of a flashlight. The laser is placed directly over the injured area for 30 seconds to several minutes, depending on the size of the area being treated and the dose provided by the cold laser unit.
During this time, the non-thermal photons of light that are emitted from the laser pass through the skins layers (the dermis, epidermis, and the subcutaneous tissue or tissue fat under the skin). This light has the ability to penetrate 2 to 5 centimeters below the skin at 90mw and 830 nm.
LLLT aims to improve healing rates and decrease pain through light stimulation to the cells. Unlike other electrotherapy modalities, it does not aim to alter a cell or tissues, instead it enhances what a cell would do naturally by providing energy to the mitochondria.
Laser therapy is extremely safe with no known contraindications. It can be used for everything active trigger points to repetitive strain injury in the wrist. A special inhibitory feature enables the therapist to reduce ongoing neck & back pain, allowing for beneficial manual treatment.
Is LLLT safe?