Your back is vital to your ability to stand upright, walk, and perform most physical functions. The spine, muscles, nerves, and other tissues in your back not only allow for most movement in your body, but the spinal cord alone is responsible for helping to regulate body temperature and to assist with breathing, urinating, and bowel movements.
Experiencing back pain is something 65 million Americans frequently complain about, and 16 million of them deal with chronic back pain, which can limit the ability to perform normal activities. Estimates reveal that around 85 million work days are lost because of back pain issues, including lower back pain, and though lots of treatment options are available to treat it, deep tissue laser therapy offers a unique solution you may not even know about.
Let’s explore what this laser treatment can do by looking at the common causes of back pain, what deep tissue laser therapy does to help, and what the procedure is like. Back pain sufferers in the Fort Worth and Arlington, Texas areas looking for relief can find help from Drs. Jason Kouri, Aminidhan Thakkar, Carlos Vazquez and the skilled medical team at Neuropathy & Pain Centers of Texas.
Common causes of back pain
Injuries to muscles (strains) or ligaments (sprains) are highly common causes of back pain, along with poor posture, herniated discs, obesity, sciatica, spinal fractures, and arthritis. Conditions that can cause back pain include kidney stones, kidney infection, fibromyalgia, spinal stenosis, scoliosis, ankylosing spondylitis, and osteoporosis. The type of injury that leads to your back pain is dependent on your age, health, and level of physical activity.
Your lumbar spine, or lower back, is particularly prone to injury as it holds and supports the upper body, leading to many of the conditions listed above, as well as degenerative disc disease, joint dysfunction (facet or sacroiliac joint), compression fracture, and a lumbar herniated disc.
How deep tissue laser therapy helps
Laser therapy is quickly becoming a common treatment for a wide variety of conditions, but in the case of your back deep tissue laser therapy (also known as cold laser, low-level laser, low-power laser or photobiomodulation) uses non-thermal light wavelengths to penetrate into the tissue to offer relief.
The photobiomodulation process increases cellular metabolism by targeting the Cytochrome C complex located in the inner membrane of cell mitochondria to stimulate healing, reduce inflammation, and prevent cell death. This will result in stimulating the damaged area into healing itself.
Unlike most forms of laser treatment, deep tissue laser therapy operates using non-ionizing light sources (light-emitting diodes, broadband light, and near-infrared light), which offer relief without the heat associated with other laser therapies. You can enjoy relief without experiencing any discomfort.
What you can expect from the procedure
The treatment starts with getting you into a comfortable position to treat the damaged area of your lower back. This device needs to be applied directly to skin, so clothing will be moved away from that area of the back. Once application starts, you may experience a soothing, warming sensation that is often referred to as a laser massage. The process is quick, often only taking up to 10 minutes to complete. Treatments can take up to 12 sessions, but that amount will vary depending on your individual needs.
So, if you’re experiencing back pain and want a noninvasive solution that helps your body heal, deep tissue laser therapy might be right for you. Make an appointment with Drs. Kouri, Thakkar, Vazquez, and Neuropathy & Pain Centers of Texas today to see what this unique solution can do to resolve your pain.