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High Intensity Laser
High Intensity Laser (HIL) technology is a painless and non-surgical treatment which significantly speeds up healing and tissue regeneration in many sports injuries and musculoskeletal conditions.
HIL deeply penetrates the tissues and through a natural process of energy transfer (biostimulation and photomechanical effect) creates a powerful form of pain management and decreases inflammation.
High Intensity Laser penetrates the skin non-invasively via a laser beam which carries energy and spreads into muscles, tendons, ligaments and bone, depending on the location of the treated area.
HIL therapy is especially effective in the treatment of sports and musculoskeletal injuries including:
- Lower Back Pain
- Joint Distortion
- Muscular Injuries
- Herniated Discs
- Neck Pain
- Shoulder Impingements
- Hip or Shoulder Bursitis
- Lower Back Disc Degeneration
- Tennis Elbow
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
High Intensity Laser therapy triggers six medical effects
1. Analgesic Effect
- Based on the gate control mechanism of pain, mechanical stimulation of free nerve endings leads to their inhibition and hence immediate pain relief
2. Anti-inflammatory Effect
- HIL delivers energy to the cells which speeds up metabolism and causes faster resorption of pro-inflammatory mediators
- ATP allows for faster synthesis of RNA and DNA and leads to faster recovery, healing and oedema reduction in the treated area.
4. Microcirculation Stimulation
- HIL therapy actually heals the tissue while providing a powerful form of pain relief
5. Thermic Effect
- Thermic effect causes vasodilation and in consequence increased blood perfusion so larger amounts of oxygen are delivered to the tissue
6. Muscle Relaxation
- An increased perfusion passes more blood through the treated area, causing the muscles to relax
Does the therapy hurt?
One of the great benefits of High Intensity Laser is that it’s absolutely painless! Your therapist will apply the applicator to your skin and either gently move it or hold in certain positions over the affected area.
Is there any risks to High Intensity Laser therapy?
Treatment with HIL is safe. However, there are safety precautions that need to be followed in order to ensure safety. HIL can be dangerous to the eyes, therefore both the patient and therapist must wear safety goggles which will be provided during treatment. Your therapist will also ask you about any sensations experienced during the treatment and adjust the power accordingly.
Can the High Intensity Laser burn me?
There is a very low change of HIL burning patients as the therapy is always dynamic and the applicator moved along the surface of the skin. When used in pulsed mode (analgesia) there is little or no heat sensation created. In continuous mode (biostimulation) the treatment programs are pre-set to be safe. Your therapist is highly trained in the use of HIL so you can rest assured you’re in good hands.
How many sessions will I need?
The number of treatments required varies based on the injury, its severity and how the patient’s body responds to the treatment. HIL works best as part of a rehabilitation and treatment plan which may include other exercises or manual therapy to help manage your condition.
Are there any side effects to the treatment?
There are no side effects to High Intensity Laser therapy. There is a possibility of slight redness of the treated area right after the treatment.
How much does it cost?
At the Horsham Sports Injury Clinic we are offering High Intensity Laser therapy at £60 per session. This includes the consultation, a diagnosis of your injury, High Intensity Laser therapy and a rehabilitation programme.