High Level Laser Therapy
High Level Laser Therapy (also known as Class IV Laser Therapy) is a safe, non invasive and painless therapy for the treatment of pain, inflammation and swelling.
Laser therapy can be used to treat muscle spasm and pain, hip, neck, knee and back pain, sports injuries and more.
Read on for more information about laser therapy and how it could help you.
What is laser therapy?
Laser therapy safely and painlessly uses light to treat pain, inflammation and swelling. The light emitted from the laser helps to reduce pain and to promote healing.
So... how does laser therapy work?
Laser therapy involves directing laser light energy into inflamed or damaged tissue to accelerate the body's natural healing process. The laser is placed in direct contact with the skin which enables light photons to penetrate the tissue and interact with molecules within the cells to cause several biochemical effects (see the video above for further information on this).
My pain has been there for a long time, can it help me?
Laser therapy is appropriate for both chronic (long term) and acute (new pain/injury) conditions. If you have a chronic condition, it may take a few sessions for you to feel the benefits but benefits at a cellular level happen immediately (this means the healing process is started as soon as you have your first session).
Does it hurt?
No, high level laser therapy with the ASA Laser is completely pain free. There is no significant heat generated by the laser, it is totally safe and comfortable to use. Some patients have even reported that that feeling of having the head of the laser machine moved over the area of pain is soothing.
Is there anyone who can't have high level laser therapy?
Laser therapy can be carried out on most people including children.
However, shockwave therapy cannot be carried out on those who:
Have a pacemaker
Are under the age of 16 and the area to be treated is over a growth plate (assessment can be given).
So what can high level laser therapy be used to treat?
High level laser therapy can be used to treat many conditions including:
Muscle spasm and pain
Strains and sprains
Haematoma (bruising) and swelling
How many sessions will I need?
It is hard to say for sure how many sessions an individual may need. You may well notice an improvement after your first session but we recommend a course of 4 to get on top of your issue. We also offer individual treatments, if you'd prefer not to commit to a course. Once your course has been completed, you may add on additional treatments if you wish and your therapist feels it is appropriate for you. There is no limit as to how many treatments you can have. Those with chronic (long term) pain may find they need a few treatments before they start to notice the benefits and may need up to 6 treatments to get on top of their problem.
I don't know if I would be better to have laser therapy or shockwave therapy?
Shockwave therapy is particularly good for tendons and areas where there is scar tissue or calcification (hardening) of soft tissue. Shockwave and laser therapy can be highly effective when used together. Please ask for further information on this option. For more info on shockwave therapy please see HERE.
Who offers high level laser treatments at The Hygge Clinic?
At the moment we have 3 therapists offering this treatment.
Gemma Groundwater (Sports Therapist)- offers HLL for any part of the body
Ruth Flett (Podiatrist)- offers HLL for lower limb (hip down)
Kirsten Sinclair (Podiatrist and Clinic Owner)- offers HLL for lower limb (hip down)
For any enquiries please fill in the contact form below or contact our answering team on 01856 988422 who will pass your enquiry on to us and we will get back to you.