Frequently asked questions – Low Level Laser Therapy
How long does a treatment take?
Treatments are typically forty minutes to one hour in duration depending on the condition being treated.
Are there any side effects?
Unlike most pharmaceuticals and other therapeutic options, laser therapy is non-toxic, non-invasive and multiple clinical trials have reported no significant adverse effects. (1,2)
How many treatments are required?
The number of treatments will depend on the condition, how chronic the condition is and the extent of the tissue damage involved. The majority of people will experience change within 3-5 treatments. An individual’s response to laser therapy will vary to some degree based on the genetic makeup of the cells.
Is treatment covered by my health fund?
As our practitioners are osteopaths, low level laser therapy is a modality within the scope of osteopathy. If your health fund covers osteopathy, then you may receive a rebate for low level laser therapy.
What training have your osteopaths had in laser therapy?
Our osteopaths have received training from Meditech International, the creators of BioFlex Laser, and from the Australian Medical Laser Association. As osteopaths, they are using the BioFlex Laser Therapy system to treat musculoskeletal conditions. They are the first practitioners to offer treatment with the BioFlex Laser Therapy system in Sydney.
For more information visit: bioflexlaser.com; Dr Kahn’s blog at fredkahnmd.com; and Dr Norman Doidge’s website at normandoidge.com.
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