Pain is the body’s way of signalling harm or damage to the body. Acute pain means that something new or serious has happened, whereas chronic pain is more associated with an old injury, wear and tear, aging, or biochemical changes in the nervous system. In both cases Laser Therapy can be an effective treatment to relieve the intensity and occurrence of pain.
Low Level Laser Therapy for Pain Relief
Laser and bio-electrical stimulation of acupuncture points has a relaxation response with decreased heart rate, lower blood pressure, stress reduction and increased energy and tissue regeneration. It has been shown to produce a calming or tranquillising action.
One way that laser therapy helps to relieve pain is by stimulating the release and synthesis of serotonin. Increased levels of serotonin and endorphins tone down pain-related messages sent to your brain and improve your body’s ability to fight pain.
Acupuncture is currently being studied for how effective it is in helping relieve many kinds of pain. There are promising findings in some conditions, such as chronic low-back pain and osteoarthritis of the knee. Laser Therapy stimulates the same acupuncture points in a pain-free and non-invasive way.
Some conditions which laser therapy can be particularly helpful for are:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Headache/migraine pain
- Low-back pain
- Neck pain
- Osteoarthritis/knee pain
- Postoperative dental pain
- Tennis elbow
- Myofascial pain
- Menstrual cramps
Acupuncture for pain relief is becoming more and more common and endorsed even in Western Medicine circles. It is used routinely in several Australian emergency departments and is now undergoing a randomised, controlled trial in three Melbourne hospitals to alleviate pain from acute migraines, back pain and ankle sprain.
One advantage of this type of treatment, is that the rates of side effects are substantially lower than that of many drugs or other accepted medical procedures used for the same conditions.