Laser Therapy

Deep Tissue Laser Therapy, also known as Class IV Laser is a natural treatment used to relieve pain and speed the bodies healing.

The treatment is comfortable and quick and the results are amazing. Patients that opt for Laser Therapy often return to treat other issues or refer their friends and family.

This amazing treatment is currently being used by major rehabilitation centers as well as professional sports teams to speed the recovery process.

At Forward PT we introduced laser therapy in 2018 with amazing results. Patients are getting better, faster and love the fact that the treatment sessions are comfortable and quick.


Laser Therapy is clinically proven as an effective treatment for pain and inflammation. Able to penetrate to deep tissue structures, it has the ability to treat a wide variety of both acute and chronic conditions.


The non-invasive nature of Deep Tissue Laser Therapy provides a solution for those who are looking for alternatives to prescription drugs, injections and surgery.


Deep tissue conditions are treated especially well using the LightForce™ Therapy Laser’s patented Laser-Massage® treatment head. This patented feature allows the practitioner to deliver energy while manipulating underlying tissue and muscle thus enhancing the effectiveness of the treatment.


Patients feel a soothing warmth as laser energy gently penetrates tissue and boosts your body’s own regeneration powers to relieve your pain. Treatments are painless and fast (5 to 10 min).

Results can be immediate but the most observed results are after 3 to 5 treatment sessions. The body continues to benefit from the effects of the therapy for 18-24 hours after treatment. During this time, modulated cellular activity leads to decreased pain and inflammation.


Is Deep Tissue Laser Therapy safe?

There are no side effects with Deep Tissue Laser Therapy and it is very safe. However, there are some people that should not do laser therapy

  • Cancer Patients - Because the laser is so effective at stimulating cellular activity we don’t do laser on patients that have or had cancer
  • Pregnant women - Because the laser penetrates deep into the body we avoid exposing the unborn baby to the laser
  • Patients with implanted devices such as defibrillators or insulin pumps
Does laser therapy hurt?

No. As a matter of fact, the treatment is extremely comfortable and pleasant.

Does insurance pay for Deep Tissue Laser Therapy?

At this time insurance carriers do not pay for laser therapy. This is not because it doesn’t work. Rather, it’s because there is no specific treatment code so there is no accurate way to bill.

Patients that opt for laser therapy are responsible to pay for the treatment. However, it is very affordable, especially when compared to other medical treatments for the same conditions.

Payment plans are also available.

How long does each session take?

Depending on the size of the area being treated, sessions last from 5-10 minutes.

How many sessions do I need?

This depends on the condition being treated. The more chronic the condition the longer it takes. The average is 6-10 sessions. However, patients with chronic arthritis or nerve conditions can often require 20 sessions.

How frequently should I do laser therapy?

Laser therapy sessions should ideally be done at least 3 times per week until the prescribed number of sessions has been completed.

See if Deep Tissue Laser Therapy is right for you

Contact us today for a consultation to determine if laser therapy is right for you. Get back in action today, with Deep Tissue Laser Therapy.

Want the technical details of laser therapy? Keep reading!

LASER Therapy is also known as photobiomodulation. It entails the use of specific wavelengths of light (red and near infrared) to generate a photochemical response in damaged or dysfunctional tissue.

The LASER works by creating an increase of vasodilatation (blood supply), bringing in oxygen to the cells. It stimulates the lymphatic system, pulling edema and inflammation from the area. ATP (Adenosine triphosphate) production is stimulated in the cells helping them have the energy to function normally. The pain reflex is broken, offering immediate relief of pain.

LASER therapy can alleviate pain, reduce inflammation and accelerate recovery from a wide range of acute and chronic clinical conditions. Significant reduction in edema (swelling) has been noted as well as tissues are better able to move fluids out through lymphatic drainage pathways.

Cleared by the FDA in 2003, Class IV LASER therapy has become standard of care for many musculoskeletal injuries. Class IV LASERs can penetrate over 4 inches into the deep musculoskeletal tissue.

LASER therapy technology has been recently endorsed by professional organizations such as the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), World Health Organization (WHO) and International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP).

LASER Therapy has been proven to be effective for a wide variety of conditions. Some of them include:

  • Soft Tissue Injuries
    • Tendinitis
    • Back and Neck Pain
    • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
    • Myofascical Trigger Points
    • Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow)
    • Sprains, Strains
    • Repetitive Strain Injuries
    • Chondromalacia Patellae
    • Plantar Fascitis
  • Degenerative Joint Conditions
    • Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)
    • Osteoarthritis (OA)
    • Neurogenic Pain
    • Herpes Zoster (Shingles)
    • Post-traumatic Injury
    • Trigeminal Neuralgia
    • Fibromyalgia
    • Diabetic Neuropathy
    • Chronic Non-Healing Wounds
      • Diabetic Foot Ulcers
      • Burns

How does the LASER treatment work?

Treatment for pain is performed by the physical therapist by placing the LASER in contact with the skin allowing the photon energy to penetrate tissue, where it interacts with various intracellular bio molecules resulting in the restoration of normal cell function. This enhances and essentially speeds the body's natural healing processes.

The treatment process results in a disappearance of symptoms. Additionally, the immune system response is stimulated, Lymphatic drainage is improved, production of growth hormone is increased, and the body's natural healing processes are enhanced and essentially sped up.

What are the effects of LASER therapy?

Physiological Effects:

  • Biostimulation including improved metabolism & increased cell metabolism
  • Improved blood circulation and vasodilatation (blood supply)
  • Analgesic (pain relieving) effect
  • Anti-inflammatory and anti-edematous effects
  • Acceleration of tissue repair and wound healing
  • Relieves acute and chronic pains
  • Increases the speed, quality and tensile strength of tissue repair
  • Increases blood supply
  • Stimulates the immune system
  • Stimulates and improves nerve function
  • Develops collagen and muscle tissue
  • Helps generate new and healthy cells and tissue
  • Promotes faster wound healing and clot formation
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Angiogenesis (improved circulation)
  • Reduction in fibrous tissue (scar tissue) formation

Biochemical Effects:

  • Releases Nitric Oxide
  • Increase ATP Production
  • Increase Fibroblast Migration
  • Increase Macrophage Activity
  • Increase Keratinocyte Activity
  • Increase RNA DNA Synthesis
  • Increase Enzyme Production
  • Increase SOD Production

Contact us today for a consultation to determine if laser therapy is right for you. Get back in action today, with Deep Tissue Laser Therapy.

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