6 Ways To Use Laser Therapy in Your Chiropractic Clinic
Chiropractic care is a multidimensional approach to correcting spinal alignment problems and promoting overall health. Human health is highly complex, with the function of one body system frequently affecting many others — chiropractic treatment approaches are often just as complex, requiring several treatment modalities to achieve the desired outcome.
Laser therapy adds another dimension to your chiropractic treatments and can give your clinic an edge over the competition. This versatile and highly effective therapy works well on its own or in combination with other chiropractic treatments to provide various health benefits to your patients.
Harnessing the therapeutic power of light, you can use laser therapy to promote tissue healing and repair, reduce pain and muscle spasms, increase joint flexibility and range of motion, and more — all in a pain-free, convenient, and risk-free treatment.
Despite their versatility and wide range of uses, laser therapy devices are compact enough to fit into small spaces. Laser therapy devices can replace larger outdated equipment to save your practice space and money. Laser therapy provides fast results, so patients feel better almost immediately. Laser therapy is highly sought after, so offering this state-of-the-art treatment can attract new clients to your clinic.
Laser therapy can help your practice grow and improve your bottom line. This highly customizable treatment is right for many patients, including those with arthritis, sprains, strains, injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome, and other repetitive use injuries.
1. Combine laser therapy with physical therapy to improve results – in the same visit
Research shows that combining laser therapy with physical therapy can help reduce pain, improve function, and even decrease the number of medications a patient takes.
Patients are often reluctant to engage in adjunct and combination therapies because they don’t want to make extra trips to the office for treatment. A clinic that offers both laser and physical therapy has a distinct advantage over those that don’t. Laser therapy does not interfere with physical therapy so that patients can do both treatments in the same visit. Moreover, patients feel better with a combination of treatments than they might after undergoing a single modality.
2. Relieve pain without the use of opioids
Pain is a serious issue for patients who seek out chiropractic care, but with the risk for addiction and the soaring rates of painkiller overdoses, opioids can be a dangerous approach to pain relief. Because it does not pose these risks, laser therapy is a safe and effective way to relieve pain. There are no known risks or side effects associated with laser therapy.
3. Use as a drug-free anti-inflammatory
Acute inflammation can be good as it develops as a healthy immune response. When it becomes chronic, inflammation can increase the risk of several serious health conditions. Healthcare professionals often recommend non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Still, long-term use of these medications can increase the risk of peptic ulcer, acute renal failure, and stroke or myocardial infarction (MI). Fortunately, laser therapy is a drug-free anti-inflammatory that you can offer in your chiropractic clinic.
Laser therapy uses infrared and near-infrared light wavelengths to boost the production of ATP in the cells’ mitochondria to provide cells access to greater amounts of energy. These wavelengths also stimulate blood circulation and support the production of inflammatory mediators. Boosted energy production, increased blood flow, and the effects of inflammatory mediators reduce acute and chronic inflammation – all without the use of drugs.
4. Treatment for hand and wrist problems
Chiropractic care is highly effective for hand and wrist problems, but adding laser therapy to standard care can significantly improve outcomes. Laser therapy can help reduce inflammation and pain in the hands and wrists and improve function there.
5. Wound and scar repair
Laser therapy provides new opportunities to heal wounds and treat scars. Increased ATP production, blood circulation, and inflammatory mediators associated with laser treatment speed healing and repair the collagen matrix to reduce the appearance of scars.
6. Treat tissue deep within the body
Deep tissue laser therapy treats various conditions, including muscle strains, tendonitis, ligament sprains, arthritis, neck pain, back pain, knee pain, and muscle spasms. Deep tissue laser therapy even treats neuropathy.
For more information on using laser therapy in your chiropractic clinic, consult Aspen Laser. Laser treatment can revolutionize the care you provide to your patients, improve outcomes, and boost the overall success of your chiropractic practice.