Laser Therapy Specialist

Laser Therapy Q & A

Laser therapy is a painless treatment to relieve pain, reduce inflammation, and speed up tissue healing. At Greater Lowell Chiropractic & Rehabilitation, the team led by John Broderick, DC, and Patricia Tamburro, DC, uses low-level laser therapy to help patients recover from chronic pain and injuries. Located in Lowell and North Andover, Massachusetts, the practice caters to patients of all ages and provides comprehensive, noninvasive treatments to help you recover and feel your best. To learn more about laser therapy, call or book an appointment online.

What is laser therapy?

Laser therapy is a form of light therapy used to speed up tissue healing. The team at Greater Lowell Chiropractic & Rehabilitation uses the ML830® cold laser for low-level laser therapy to:

  • Improve tissue healing

  • Prevent tissue death or chronic pain

  • Relieve pain

  • Decrease inflammation

Low-level laser therapy has been used for more than 50 years to support tissue healing on a cellular level using scientific principles of regenerative medicine. The team uses the ML830 laser to penetrate tissues up to five centimeters deep with light energy for a noninvasive alternative to pain relievers and anti-inflammatory medications.

How does laser therapy work?

Laser therapy works by causing a photochemical reaction in tissue cells. This reaction is called photobiomodulation or biostimulation. When the light energy penetrates injured cells, it increases energy in the cells that can trigger various cellular tasks, including tissue healing, inflammation reduction, and elimination of pain.

The laser doesn’t emit any heat, sound, or vibration during treatment, so you won’t feel any pain or discomfort. During the procedure, you wear protective glasses to block the laser light from irritating your eyes.

The team begins by placing the hand-held laser device directly against your skin. Once the device is turned on, it emits beams of light that penetrate your skin and reach a depth of five centimeters. This depth can reach muscles, ligaments, and cartilage in many small to medium-sized joints.

​​​​​​​The laser cycles on and off as your doctor moves the wand over your skin to treat the entire injured area. Generally, each laser session lasts about 10 minutes. Afterward, you can return to your normal activities without any side effects.

What kinds of conditions can benefit from laser therapy?

Almost all types of musculoskeletal injuries can benefit from laser therapy, including:

  • Scarring

  • Ligament sprains

  • Muscle strains

  • Inflammation

  • Chronic pain

  • Joint pain

Depending on your condition, the team may recommend laser therapy as an additional treatment to help you recover from an injury or chronic pain. Since there are no noted side effects, laser therapy is considered safe for most people. If you’re pregnant or have had surgery in the treatment area, ask your doctor if laser therapy is right for you.

To schedule a consultation to discuss laser therapy, call Greater Lowell Chiropractic & Rehabilitation or book online now.

Read more about our ML830 Cold Laser here