Deep Tissue Laser Therapy
New at Repsher PT: A safe and effective alternative to medication and injections
Repsher and Associates Physical Therapy now offers Class IV Deep Tissue Laser Therapy. Laser Therapy uses a process called photobiomodulation to change the condition of damaged tissue by stimulating cellular metabolism, thereby accelerating the healing process.
Shortly after laser was invented in 1960, Endre Mester noticed that applying laser light to the backs of shaven mice caused their hair to grow back more quickly than mice not exposed to laser. He also noticed that skin lacerations appeared to heal faster on laser-treated animals. In 2003, The FDA approved its first Class IV laser for the relief of muscle and joint pain. Prior to 2003 the maximum strength of therapeutic laser in the U.S. was the Class 3b, at .5 watts. At Repsher PT, we use the newest generation Lightforce Laser, with 25 watts of power for penetrating deep into tissue structures.
The recent development of higher power Class IV Lasers allows physical therapists to deliver adequate doses of light deep into tissue to reduce pain and inflammation while accelerating healing. Laser therapy is endorsed by the World Health Organization, the American Physical Therapy Association, and the International Association for the Study of Pain.
Over 3,000 research studies have been conducted in the field. Deep Tissue Laser Therapy can be used to treat pain and inflammation associated with the following conditions:
Low back pain
Shoulder, hip, and knee pain
Sprains and strains
Repsher and Associates now has another tool to help our patients reduce their reliance on opioids for pain control. Working closely with their physicians, we are hopeful that Deep Tissue Laser will decrease the number of patients who become addicted to opioid drugs.