Offer red light laser therapy to your patients as part of their overall treatment plan to expedite their healing process and improve their health and well-being.
When it comes to running a chiropractic practice, you need to be vigilant about the ongoing trends within the health care industry. You’ve likely heard about the recent craze of including red light laser therapy in your chiropractic practice’s treatment options. For most, this investment is a wise one. Laser therapies, such as red light therapy, can be beneficial for your patients, your practice and even the longevity of your career.
This article will explore the specific benefits red light laser therapy can bring your patients and how it can improve their health and wellness. It also explains how red light therapy can expedite the healing process.
Five chiropractic benefits of red light laser therapy
1. It can help your patients heal
Red light therapy exposes skin to low, safe levels of red and near-infrared light for a specific period of time at specific, heat-generating wavelengths. The idea behind red light therapy is the treatment produces a biochemical effect in the cells that strengthen each cell’s mitochondria and affect transport of electrons, oxygen consumption and other factors.
This treatment can expedite the rejuvenation of cells, expedite healing times, increase blood flow and help patients heal. In some patients, red light therapy can boost collagen levels, aid in wound healing, reduce inflammation and promote faster, more efficient healing. For some, it can relieve pain, stiffness and soreness.
2. Red light therapy is safe, noninvasive and pain-free
Though the goal of DCs like you is always to minimize pain and maximize results, it’s not always possible to provide noninvasive, pain-free treatment for optimal healing. With red light therapy, you can provide your patients benefits without pain, without stress and without using any invasive techniques.
Red light therapy can be used on most patients without the risk of major side effects. Often, and depending on a treatment plan, red light therapy includes a few regular sessions that are relatively short ― anywhere from 10-20 minutes on an affected area.
3. Red light therapy can counteract damage
Some studies show that red light therapy can help balance the oxidative stress that can result from the imbalance of free radicals and antioxidants. This oxidative stress can be damaging to patients, sometimes turning into health conditions or diseases like heart disease and cancer.
As a non-chiropractic-related benefit, red light therapy can help with skin conditions and anti-aging for the same reasons. Red light therapy penetrates the skin, enters cells and helps boost collagen, minimize inflammation, and encourage healing from tissues by oxidative stress.
While this might not be a chiropractic benefit, offering red light therapy to patients who are interested in skin care and anti-aging could be an additional benefit to your practice for boosting revenue and diversifying your income stream.
4. Studies suggest red light therapy reduces inflammation
Red light therapy, like many other treatments, is subject to ongoing studies. Many of them suggest this type of treatment can reduce inflammation in treated body parts by increasing circulation and promoting oxygen-rich nutrients to treated areas. Red light is said to stimulate vascular formation, increase blood flow to treated areas, promote healing and even increase tissue repair.
5. Red light therapy is complementary to other treatments you offer
Like many treatments, red light therapy can be extra beneficial if used in conjunction with other treatments like those you offer at your practice. Because red light therapy is noninvasive, pain-free and suitable for most patients, contraindications are minimal.
Though red light therapy does have the occasional side effect, like redness, swelling or tingling during the treatment, it’s mostly safe to use in conjunction with other treatments. Adding this therapy to your other offerings can benefit your patients and grow your practice.
Choosing to include red light therapy in your practice is a decision only you can make. We hope this article was insightful and informative, equipping you with the knowledge you need to get one step closer to the choice that’s right for you. The studies in support of red light therapy are ongoing, but presently, it’s a safe and effective treatment plan that could benefit many of your patients.
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