Low level laser therapy (LLLT) involves the use of low level lasers and light emiting dioded(LED’s) to initiate changes in cell function and increased levels of mitochondria function (cell powerhouses) to allow better cellular function and assist in initiating cell growth and repair. Light is able to enter the cells at relatively deep tissue depths, via a primitive pathway similar to that of photosynthesis, allowing the mitochondria to create more efficient energy pathways. Laser therapy has developed over many years to the therapeutic lasers used by doctors and physicians today. We are able to carry out a full assessment of your pain experience for the condition you present with, and will design a program for your treatment sessions.
Frequently asked questions
Is laser therapy painful?
Laser therapy is not painful. Our podiatrists will carry out the laser treatment to specific areas identified as being part of your pain. This may involve injured tissues, myofascial pain caused by muscle spasm, or nerve tissue with a pathology present. The region is then given the laser treatment on a scale of time reflecting the dosage for a particular condition.
Are there any dangers with laser therapy?
A protective pair of glasses is worn both by the Podiatrist and the patient, and this is to protect the eyes from any accidental exposure to the laser beam directly, which is absolutely rare when carried out by a skilled Doctor.
When can I expect results from the laser treatment?
It does tend to depend on the severity of the condition, and on the time frame that the pain has been experienced. Sometimes relief is felt very early in the treatment. A set of 4-6 treatments is usually advised, with follow up monthly treatments for as long as they are required.
Can laser treatment be combined with other treatments?
Most certainly. We often combine dry needling or medical acupuncture at our surgery, of mobilisation of bones with massage and laser therapy. Very often a combination of treatments can help to improve the short to medium outcomes of the treatment management plan.
What is the cost of laser therapy?
We attempt to keep the cost down as much as possible, normally the charge is approximately $30 in addition to the standard visit or in combination with other services.
Are there any contraindications for Low level laser therapy?
There are not many, and these can be discussed with the Podiatrist.
When can I start treatment?
After an initial visit to diagnose your condition or discuss findings in your medical history, we are able to commence laser therapy soon after, This may be on the day if you request a 50 minute appointment, or soon after your first visit, at a time suitable to you.