What To Expect
For most people laser therapy is quite passive. There are no pulsating shocks felt, as in forms of electronic stimulation, nor heat used as with ultrasound. The most noticeable sensation is the touch of the probe head of the laser, as it contacts the skin.
Some patients (3-5%) have reported a slight tingling or tapping in a nerve or a long a nerve pathway. Some have noted that they are able to sense a slight feelign of warmth. But for the most part, the treatment, which may last from 2-20 minutes, is not noticed at all.
Following (and sometimes during) a laser therapy treatment, approximately 75-80% of patients being treated can notice an immediate improvement in their condition. This improvement does depend on what type of problem is being treated.
Generally the more chronic or severe the condition, the longer it takes to respond. The majority of conditions treated will take 4-5 or 10-18 treatments. Once again, the number of treatments depends on the severity of the condition and its duration.