Aspen Laser Therapy
What Is Aspen Laser Therapy?
You most likely didn’t know this, but laser is an acronym for “Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation.” Low-level laser therapy has been used in medicine since the 1960s. Aspen laser therapy improves upon the concept, as it is a form of high-intensity laser therapy. Aspen laser therapy represents class 4 laser technology and provides power levels 1,200 times more powerful than classes 1, 2, and 3 low level laser therapy. As a result, it delivers significantly higher dosage levels with the ability to penetrate the deepest levels of the skin and tissues to reach damaged cells. After absorbing the laser’s light energy (mostly in the form of photons), the cell’s metabolism is boosted, producing energy that stimulates cell/tissue repair to re-establish a normal, healthy state.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Aspen Laser Therapy, and What Is It Used to Treat?
Aspen laser treatment can be used for a multitude of medical conditions, particularly for acute and chronic pain, With further research, laser treatment has also been shown to alleviate inflammation; increase blood flow and lymphatic drainage; stimulate nerve regeneration, muscle relaxation, collagen production, and the response of the immune system; and increase range of motion and movement. All of the aforementioned characteristics are key to faster recovery and healing in damaged cells/tissues. As a result, laser therapy technology can be used in most areas of the body including the shoulders, head, neck, back, arms, hands, hips, knees, feet, and ankles. Conditions amenable to Aspen laser treatment include, but are not limited to, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, knee/hip/back/shoulder pain, sciatica, arthritis, sports injuries, and various sprains and strains. Fractional laser treatment (Fraxel®) can even be used for laser skin resurfacing to cosmetically improve fine lines and wrinkles, acne, sun damage, and stretch marks.
What Are the Advantages of the Procedure, and Are There Any Side Effects?
There are many advantages to laser therapy, which has been used for more than 30 years throughout the medical world. The most evident advantage of laser treatment is that it does not require the use of drugs or surgery, and produces quick results. Laser therapy also treats the root cause of pain and injury by enhancing the body’s natural healing processes, while other products temporarily treat or mask symptoms.
Another advantage of laser therapy is that it is completely free of side effects and pain. There is absolutely no chance of burning skin or damaging tissue. Laser treatment can even be used over medical/surgical implants or metal. Because the human eye absorbs light, specially designed protective safety eyewear is required to be worn by both the patient and healthcare professional administering the laser therapy.
How Long Does the Treatment Take, and How Many Treatments Are Needed?
Aspen laser treatment times last, on average, 5 to 10 minutes. That being said, treatment time is highly dependent on the size of area, depth of penetration needed, and condition being treated, so it may take longer. Laser therapy produces quick results and many patients often report improvement with the first treatment. Acute medical conditions may require 5 to 6 treatments, while chronic conditions may need more treatments and require 6 to 12 treatments.