Deep Tissue Laser Therapy


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Deep Tissue Laser Therapy

Deep tissue laser therapy (DTLT) requires the use of a class IV laser, which is primarily used for scientific, industrial, military, and medical purposes. Treatment with laser therapy became widely popular in the 1970’s for the treatment of pain and it has since been utilized globally by doctors, chiropractors, physical therapists, nurses and even veterinarians. In June of 2011, Health Canada approved the use of high power lasers, which are able to penetrate deeply into the tissues of our bodies.

DTLT is the non-invasive, drug-free, and surgery-free use of laser energy to generate response in damaged/dysfunctional tissue, it delivers deep penetrating energy to bring about profound physiological changes. DTLT energizes the cells of our bodies and increases circulation to promote the healing process in our tissues. It also alleviates pain, and helps to accelerate recovery from a wide range of acute and chronic clinical conditions and post-surgical pain.

DTLT energizes the cells of the area being treated, increasing ATP production in the area which the cells need for metabolic activity. Circulation is also increased, which allows the blood to transport needed nutrients and immune response cells to promote healing to injured or inflamed tissues. Increased circulation stimulates our immune response, which is why DTLT is a great technique and so effective for difficult conditions. DTLT offers fast treatment times, ranging anywhere between 3-15 minutes typically. The correct dose is applied based on the area being treated and the condition of the client. The higher wattage that class IV lasers provide also results in faster treatment times as opposed to a laser of a lesser class with a lower wattage. The laser should feel like a warm and comfortable sensation to the clients being treated; almost all clients say that it is a very pleasant experience. DTLT can be used for musculoskeletal pain, soft-tissue injury including post-surgical sites, migraines, arthritis, back pain, and spinal conditions to name a few.

It is recommended that clients come in frequently during the initial phase of their treatments, depending on the severity of their ailments, anywhere between 2-3 times a week or more. Once a few treatments have been administered over the range of a couple of weeks, it is thought that clients should experience some relief by this point and can come in less often, sometime between once or twice a week always under the direction of Dr. Jeffels or Dr. Jamieson. DTLT is generally covered by most benefit providers, but it is highly recommended that you do call your insurance provider because it is best to get a quote of some sort as each policy is different for different holders depending on the type of plan. Generally, DTLT is able to be claimed under chiropractic treatment if that is something that you have coverage for under your benefit plan. We can direct bill DTLT to Blue Cross, however any other benefit provider you would have to submit your claims in personally.