Laser Therapy for Healing Wounds
What Is It?
- Laser therapy heals wounds using low-intensity and high-intensity lasers. The laser is placed over the wounded area, and the photon energy from the spurts of light promotes healing process. The heat brings blood to the wound and increases circulation, which expedites recovery. Almost any type of wound, from musculoskeletal injuries, degenerative diseases and chronic diseases, can benefit from laser therapy.
- Most people would like to avoid going under the knife if possible, and this is a non-invasive procedure. More than nine out of 10 people who choose laser therapy find that's all their wounds need to heal. Medication does not have to accompany this treatment. No unwieldy equipment is necessary; medical professionals can hold the lasers in their palms. This therapy is not toxic to the patient, and few if any side effects are reported.
- The main disadvantage is that laser therapy is not a one-time procedure. Often, patients must return eight to 30 times, depending on the severity of the wound. They must visit the doctor two to four times a week.
Another thing to consider is whether your insurance will cover the cost. Medicare and Medicaid won't pay for laser therapy. Some major insurers pay for some of the expenses, others don't. Check with your carrier before beginning laser treatment.
Why It Works
- Laser therapy is an external treatment that helps the body heal naturally from within. It works in many ways:
-- It promotes the production of endorphins, a natural pain blocker.
-- It increases cortisol production, a natural anti-inflammatory and stress-fighting hormone. Cortisol helps the body relax, allowing its functions to return to normal.
-- It increases the body's level of serotonin, a chemical neurotransmitter that helps fight anxiety and create a heightened sense of well-being.