January 22, 2017
You wake up, take two pills for your lower back pain, and then get ready for work. About 10AM, you start to feel the stiffness again, so you take two more. You pop another two after lunch, and you have to resist the urge to take two more before you commute back home. A few days later, you’re standing in line at the pharmacy to refill your prescription again, and wince when you see the bill. This medication is expensive, but it’s certainly better than suffering from chronic pain. You don’t want to go through invasive surgery that might not work, and you don’t have time for physical therapy, so medicine is clearly the best way to go.
Does This Sound Like You?
If it does, then you are like many of the over 100 million Americans who are currently suffering from lower back pain. You go to a physician, and they typically will advise you to either start a regimen of medication or undertake back surgery. Most people opt for the medication, which as anyone who’s been to a pharmacy recently knows, can be extremely expensive. In fact, Americans spend about 50 billion dollars each year on back pain treatment alone. Unfortunately, this kind of money doesn’t guarantee results, as only around 50% of back pain sufferers who use these traditional methods report long term relief.
A New Way
Thankfully, modern medical science has introduced a new approach to treating this common problem. It has all the benefits of medication and surgery without the drawbacks of being expensive or requiring an extensive recovery time. This new approach is called soft tissue laser therapy, and it is providing doctors a less invasive, reliable approach to help people get long-term relief.
How Does It Work?
The laser itself isn’t like something you would see in a Star Wars movie. It actually looks like a thick pen. Soft tissue laser therapy works by applying wavelengths of laser light to where a patient is feeling pain. This causes a variety of reactions in the body, all of which are conducive to healing and help provide significant relief.
Once the laser is applied to the source of pain, a few key things happen:
- The cells get a boost of energy, which enables them to absorb nutrients faster and help repair the area quicker.
- Collagen production is stimulated, which is a key to helping tissues regenerate.
- The blood vessels open up, which increases healthy blood flow and helps reduce swelling.
This treatment is also practically painless, only giving a patient a slight warming/tingling sensation. During this treatment, the brain naturally produces neurochemicals that help block pain. Most treatment sessions are also very quick, only taking minutes as opposed to hours or months.
Where Can I Get It?
For patients interested in getting laser therapy, they won’t find it with their general practitioner or at a hospital. Laser therapy is only used by a very small group of chiropractors who have both the experience and training to correctly utilize this new method. You only need to find a qualified chiropractor in your area who uses this approach, and most doctors will be able to start treating you immediately. You no longer have to feel dependent on the pharmacy or need to go under the knife to get your life back. Simply find a chiropractor in your area today who offers soft tissue laser therapy.
About the Author
Dr. Chad Wills is currently a chiropractor in Naples, FL, where he is dedicated to helping treat patients with a variety of conditions, such as lower back pain in Naples. He is also certified in treating whiplash injuries, brain traumatology, and scoliosis. He is dedicated to helping his patients live a completely healthy lifestyle that promotes wellness of both the mind and body. He currently practices at Wills Chiropractic, and can be reached at his website or (239)330-6299.
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