Make Low-Level Laser Therapy Part of Your Evidence-Based Practice.
Low-level laser therapy (LLLT) has been increasingly utilized in the clinical setting over the past decade. Although laser technology has been around for some time, increasing research suggests it is an essential tool for the evidence-based practice.
Low-level laser therapy is extremely safe, with more than 50 years of use without incident or side effects. There is strong evidence for the use of this modality, with over 15 systemic reviews for a variety of common conditions seen in a chiropractic practice; conditions including tendonitis, spasms, and neck pain.
Low-level laser therapy and light-emitting diode therapy (LEDT) use various wavelengths of light designed to work at the cellular level in the healing process. These therapies are typically used to help relieve pain, improve inflammation and reduce muscular spasms.
A recent study was performed to assess how nonspecific knee pain responded to the combined use of various wavelengths of light.
The study concluded, “A combination of super-pulsed laser, red and infra-red LEDs is effective for decreasing pain and improving the quality of life in patients with knee pain.”
Graston Technique is an instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables a chiropractor to effectively detect and treat scar tissue and restrictions that affect normal function. Scar tissue is often a problem particularly after injury as it limits ranges of motion and in many instances scar causes pain that interferes with function. The Graston technique instruments are stainless steel instruments used to comb over the scar tissue and break up the scar tissue that is then absorbed by the body. This treatment results in minor discomfort, occasionally bruising but this is a normal response of the healing process.
The Graston technique treatment is followed up by stretching, strengthening and ice. We usually require 2 treatments / week over 4 – 5 weeks to assess effectiveness.
These are a few examples of conditions helped by graston techniques;