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Laser Therapy

Taylor Rehabilitation and Wellness Center, with a chiropractic team located in the Portage Park area of Chicago, IL, now offers Class IV laser therapy. Laser therapy has become an accepted method of treatment for many medical conditions. Lasers are now used in surgery, for body contouring purposes and for pain relief. Class IV laser therapy is one of the newest modalities used in treating many musculoskeletal chronic pain conditions. Class IV lasers have been found to increase endorphins, which are the “feel good” chemicals naturally found in the brain that can help relieve pain.

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What is Laser Therapy?

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Lasers emit a special kind of light that affects the body cells. Laser therapy works by increasing circulation and promoting healing tissue response, as well as reducing inflammation. The hand-held device is moved slowly over the painful areas. Laser therapy is often effective for a wide range of pain conditions. Among these are problems like bursitis and tendonitis – inflammatory conditions of the joints and tendons. Muscle pain and spasms may also respond to laser therapy, and it can also be effective for conditions like whiplash, neck and back pain, as well as migraine headaches. The clinicians at Taylor Rehabilitation & Wellness Center will provide a thorough consultation to determine if laser therapy is the best treatment for their patients.

How Does Laser Therapy Work?

Laser therapy accelerates and enhances the body's natural healing mechanisms. The laser uses specific light wavelengths to which the light-sensitive cells of the body respond. Even cells deep inside the body can respond to light, and class IV laser therapy reaches those deeper cells. Laser therapy can relieve pain, reduce injury damage and loss of function, and speed repair of damaged tissues. In order to be effective, the light must be able to reach the affected tissue, so different light lengths and strengths of lasers have different levels of effectiveness. Class IV laser therapy is one of the strongest forms and reaches more deeply into the body tissues.

What's Different About Class IV Lasers?

Class IV laser therapy offers the ability to provide a more intense pulse that penetrates the tissue more deeply. Compared to other lasers, class IV laser therapy has a shorter treatment time. This deeper penetration also stimulates a greater response at the cellular level. Class IV lasers increase a molecule called adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which is the primary “fuel” for cell activity. By stimulating ATP, class IV laser therapy can have a beneficial effect on cellular metabolism and increase the rate of repair after an injury.

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