Laser Therapy for Shoulder Injuries

Author: Alpha Chiropractic & Physical Therapy

There are many different treatments for a shoulder. One of the great new treatments that we have is laser therapy. Laser therapy is going to put energy into the tissue that's going to cause different mechanisms. One is an increase in blood flow. The small little blood vessels open up so more blood flow means more nutrients coming to the area. We're going to turn on the repair mechanisms so these little cells start repairing and laying down fibers and tissues to strengthen the area.

It also ramps up ATP production in cells. The mitochondria start producing more ATP which is just gasoline for your cells. So if they have more energy they can use that to repair and heal with. This is also going to help block some of those pain nerves from firing. It loosens [inaudible] feel the pain so it helps you to feel better. The treatment is very easily applied. As the laser is turned on, it's going to across the skin in a nice smooth fashion. The depth penetration is going to be anywhere from 8 to 10 centimeters so it's going to go full thickness of the muscle.

By doing that we're going to get an effect not just on the skin but all the way through. Some of the older lasers would just penetrate the top 2 to 3 centimeters, which is great if the injury is only 2 to 3 centimeters deep. But many are further down so we need a stronger laser. The second thing it'll do is this laser is going to put 4 joules per second into a shoulder. The old class 3 lasers would put about 5 joules in a minute. So the difference is we've got a whole much more energy into the area in a short period of time so we're going to get much more benefit from that.

Laser Therapy for Shoulder Injuries

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