Low Level Laser Therapy Broadens Ability to Treat
Recent research has found that when low level laser therapy is combined with other therapies, chiropractors are able to care for a broader range of conditions.
One such study focused on cervical facet syndrome in patients between 18 and 40 with pain and restricted range of motion in the cervical area of the spine. Patients were either treated with chiropractic manipulation, low level laser therapy or a combination of the two.
Although all three groups improved, patients who received both therapies showed the most improvement.
This study serves to further underscore the importance of keeping up to date on the latest therapies, such as low level laswer therapy, and how they can help improve care.
From the first day of chiropractic school, prospective DCs are taught that the basis of all chiropractic care is in the correction of spinal sublaxations.
When the vertebrae are shifted back into their proper positions, pressure or blockages on the nerves leading to and from the spine are released, allowing the body to heal itself. Certainly, there has been a vast trove of published research that shows evidence for the ability of joint manipulation to treat a wide variety of conditions, including pain and stiffness.
However, as chiropractic has evolved over the years, it has learned to embrace a wide number of other treatment modalities, ranging from massage therapy, to electrotherapy, to low level laser therapy. By combining each of these treatments with chiropractic, DCs are now able to treat a much wider variety of conditions than just those centered on the spine. Low level laser therapy, also sometimes called cold laser therapy, has some particularly interesting treatment possibilities. Previous research has shown that lasers may have several therapeutic benefits, including speeding up wound healing, as well as treating pain and stiffness.
This article excerpt, by Tina Beychok, originally appeared here: http://www.chiroeco.com/research-report-low-level-laser-therapy-in-chiropractic/71848/.
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