Healing Laser Therapy
Whether you have arthritis, muscle pain, or slow-healing wounds, the healing power of laser therapy may be able to help you feel better. Carrier Sekani Family Services offers laser therapy through scheduled clinics and home visits.
What is laser therapy?
Low-intensity laser therapy is a treatment where a laser light with very low power is focused on a painful area, like a joint with arthritis. The light waves from the laser filter down through layers of skin and energize your body's cells - so that the painful area stops hurting and starts healing.
Most often, laser therapy is used for issues like arthritis and muscle pain. It can also help wounds, sports injuries, and skin problems. You will need to ask your doctor whether it will help your specific health problem. If your doctor thinks it will help, then ask for a prescription for laser therapy.
What will laser therapy feel like?
One of the nurses will place the laser light against the area that is being treated. Most people feel nothing at all. Some people say they feel a little bit of tingling that is relaxing. Whether you are treated in the clinic or at home, you will have laser therapy for 15 minutes to one hour, depending on the care plan the therapist recommends.
The amount of laser therapy you have will depend on what kind of health issue you have. Some people feel better after just a few treatments. Others need ten or more. The therapist will decide how many times you need to have laser therapy.
How much does it cost?
Carrier Sekani Family Services provides healing laser therapy for free to our ten member First Nations. Please note that you must have a doctor's prescription to have laser therapy. This is especially important if the laser therapy is for treating a wound.
Are there any risks or side effects?
Even though there are no side effects from this healing treatment, some people still shouldn't have laser therapy. Please tell the therapist (and your doctor) before you start the treatment, if:
How do I book a treatment?
You need to book an appointment for laser therapy. Call the Carrier Sekani Family Services office that is closest to you:
Ask for Sarah Hein, RN
Ask for Kelly Ross, RN