When any soft tissue is damaged the body produces scar tissue.
We normally associate scar tissue with cuts and incisions at the skin’s surface. However, scar tissue is also produced beneath the skin, around damaged muscles, nerves and joints. If the body’s natural healing mechanism does not clear the scar tissue away (which is often the case), scar tissue leads to congestion, which creates adhesions, stiffness and tightness and pain. Adhesions may restrict the normal function of the nerve to the muscle which can lead to neuropathy and muscle degeneration. Nerve damage to a muscle produces an increase sensitivity to pain – i.e. trigger point tenderness. This is what is often referred to as the Chronic Pain Cycle.
Low level laser therapy is effective in treating the Chronic Pain Cycle because it penetrates deep into soft tissue, promoting rapid healing within the cell mitochondria of nerves, joints and muscles. As scar tissue is dispersed, cells are regenerated. This is often a relatively quick process, with patients often experiencing pain relief and increased mobility after one or two treatments.
In addition low level laser is also effective in treating surface scars on the skin from cuts caused by surgery or accidents. Low level laser speeds up the process of generating new skin cells, so that visible scars fade away.