3 Powerful Ways MLS Laser Therapy Can Help with Heel Pain

Jan 3, 2022

Heel pain can be something that suddenly hits after a hard, active day or a problem that has more slowly crept up on you over time yet more than overstayed its welcome.

Whatever the causes and circumstances around your heel pain are, we can help you find the best treatment options to get rid of it for good. Different heel pain needs will respond best to different forms of treatment, but we want to highlight an advanced option that can be effective both for recent injuries and causes of chronic pain.

Multiwave locked system (MLS) laser therapy has helped many heel pain patients achieve relief faster and more effectively – and all by stimulating the body’s natural healing responses. If your heel pain is based on a soft tissue injury, then an MLS laser might be considered as part of your treatment plan.

Just how can a laser improve the body’s ability to recover and relieve pain, though? Here are five powerful ways that MLS laser therapy works for our patients!

Laser and patient

It Increases Cellular Metabolic Activity

What does that mean, exactly? It means that cells will do their jobs faster and more often – most notably, the jobs of repair and growth.

A big part of how MLS laser works is in its ability to cause a “disruption” at a site in need of improved healing. The light energy from the lasers can penetrate within the area at enough power and at specific wavelengths for the body to take note without causing any burning or additional damage.

The body takes this disruption as a sign that something is wrong and kicks into a “red alert mode” of sorts. Cells increase their activities, with priorities placed on repairing and replacing themselves. 

This reaction can help accelerate ongoing recovery from a recent soft tissue injury such as a sprain or Achilles tendinitis, but it can also be effective in certain cases of chronic heel pain.

Sometimes, healing of an injury will gradually slow or stop over time, especially if there is another factor impeding that recovery such as consistent stress on the area. MLS laser therapy can help “restart” that healing process and start taking care of that source of pain once and for all. Of course, we need to ensure that the obstacles initially in the way of such recovery are properly addressed if we are to achieve the best results.

It Increases and Speeds Up Blood Flow

So, an MLS laser can whip your cells to work harder and faster, which is good! But just as with any other workers, they can only do so much as they have the materials for doing so.

Our cells need nutrients, growth factors, and other materials to complete their work effectively. This is delivered through the bloodstream. When there are not enough materials, not as much repair work can be done – which is why poor circulation can be such a danger for patients with diabetes

As part of the body’s response to the influence of laser treatment, however, circulation to an injured or painful area is increased. Sometimes tiny new blood vessels are formed to pave new pathways and provide even more efficient delivery to cells.

Invigorating workers and creating a healthier flow of supplies is a great way to get anything done, and that’s what MLS lasers can do in many causes of heel pain.

It Accelerates the Repair and Cell Growth in the Treated Area

Lasers enable light photons to penetrate deeply into your tissue, which speeds up the growth of new cells. It also helps repair damaged cells in the area, facilitating an efficient process of nutrition and waste removal.

It Helps Relieve Pain – Both Now and Later

In many cases, the overall solution to relieving heel pain is simple: heal whatever is causing the pain. That works on both acute and chronic levels.

However, MLS laser is also often able to provide more immediate help with pain relief as well, by temporarily blocking the transmission of pain signals by local nerves.

Many patients report feeling positive results after their first appointment in a scheduled series of laser treatments, and the relief tends to stack and grow with each successive session.

And just to be clear, there are no drugs involved with this treatment. Everything is due to the natural stimulation of the body’s responses. Our bodies can do some really impressive things when we need to!

It Is an Anti-Inflammatory

As the energy from the laser begins to repair and regenerate cells, it also reduces swelling and inflammation. This reduces pain and tenderness in the area and improves mobility.

A Full Plan for Heel Pain Treatment

MLS laser therapy is a form of treatment we might recommend individually or as one part of a more extensive plan. Our recommendations will ultimately depend upon the condition being treated, its severity, and specific factors surrounding each patient’s needs.

We will not recommend MLS laser for every case; only those we believe would provide the best results. If we believe other forms of treatment would be more effective or better fit the needs of a patient, we will always recommend them first. 

Of course, you are always welcome to ask us questions about our recommendations and potential treatments for your heel pain. We will be happy to discuss with you the pros and cons of each, and why we believe our recommendations are worth pursuing.

Whether heel pain has been a sudden or a longer-lasting problem for you, do not hold off on receiving expert care. Heel pain typically does not go away on its own if the sources behind it are not properly addressed and can even grow worse over time.

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