How Do I Choose A Laser Therapist?

More and more health professionals such as massage therapists, physiotherapists, chiropractors and more are offering laser therapy in their practice to treat pain, inflammation, speed healing of injuries, quitting addictions like quitting smoking and more.

This is good news! As it means that despite mainstream medicine being slow on the uptake and promotion of this powerful healing therapy — clinical results are speaking for themselves. More people are recognizing and talking about laser therapy then ever before as the scientific evidence and positive feedback continues to grow.

Despite increasing awareness of laser therapy, there are some potential pitfalls to avoid or minimize when looking for a professional that offers this service. Based on Dave’s 12+ years of clinical experience using laser therapy in his practice, optimal laser therapy results are realized when the following principles are followed:

  • CHOOSE A PROPERLY TRAINED, EXPERIENCED AND QUALIFIED PROFESSIONAL. A professional that has a strong background in anatomy, physiology and physical therapy skills is very important to maximize laser therapy results and ensure safe application. Laser therapy onto itself is unregulated in Canada and there are “laser therapists” operating in the market place with very minimal training. Best to go with someone who has a background in massage therapy, physiotherapy or similar.
  • OPTIMAL LASER DOSE. For optimal laser therapy results — factors such as duration, treatment frequency, power and ultimately “energy dose” (measured in joules/cm2) must be carefully considered. These treatment plan variables need to be customized to each individual patient based on critical healthy history factors such as age, general health, medications, skin pigmentation and more. Some individuals are extremely sensitive to laser and respond very quickly with a lower dose and others need a slightly higher dose for optimal and favourable results. A proficient laser therapist will consider all these factors proactively before your first treatment in order to formulate a tailored laser dose just for you.
  • LESS IS MORE. It is Dave’s experience and an extension of the theory behind Wolf’s Law in physical therapy for bone healing that a low to increasing moderate dose of laser be applied to maximize healing results. Overstimulation of tissues with laser is a risk and all to common mistake that beginner, unqualified therapists or those therapists operating a volume based practice often make. This requires a therapist to utilize a disciplined and methodical approach acquired by training and years of experience treating different health concerns.

Lazer Dave applies all the above in his treatments plus he has years of clinical experience to promote optimal laser therapy results. If you can’t be treated by Dave, make sure you choose a professional who not only has the optimal background and training with laser — pick someone who is not in a hurry and able to spend the appropriate amount of time with you in order to fully comprehend your unique needs. This will help to maximize your investment of time and money into a treatment plan utilizing laser therapy.

 

Questions To Ask When Choosing A Laser Therapy Professional

Considering the above principles, variables and concerns that promote optimal laser therapy results — here are some questions you might want to have answered by researching a laser therapist’s website, reviews, testimonials, social media ratings or a personal consultation with them on the phone if the information you are looking for is not readily available online.

Remember, laser therapists and laser therapy is an unregulated therapy in Canada. This means that someone with NO background or training in anatomy, physiology, physical therapy, etc. and a 2 hour introductory course can say they are a professional “laser therapist”. Lazer Dave strongly recommends you do your due diligence when choosing a laser therapist.

  • WHAT QUALIFIES A PROFESSIONAL TO OFFER LASER THERAPY IN THEIR PRACTICE? Start with asking yourself is it even obvious who exactly will be treating you by name when researching a clinic that offers laser therapy? Does the professional have training or a background as a regulated health professional such as massage therapy, physiotherapy or similar? How many courses have they completed on laser therapy? How many hours of training do they have in laser therapy? Where did they get their training? Do they pursue continuing education? How do they stay up-to-date on the latest clinical approaches and scientific research?
  • WHAT IS THEIR EXPERIENCE USING LASER THERAPY? What conditions does this therapist treat using laser therapy? How long have they been using laser therapy in their practice? Can they readily supply examples of positive examples treatment outcomes? What is their success rate? What about potential negative side effects and what steps do they take to minimize them? How about credible testimonials — do they have any posted on their website or YouTube? What kind of google reviews do they have? What does social media have to say about them?
  • WHAT LASER THERAPY EQUIPMENT DO THEY USE? What brand of laser therapy equipment does the professional uses in their practice? Where does it come from? When was it last serviced? How long has the manufacturer of the equipment they use been making lasers? Is the equipment Health Canada Approved? How long has the professional been using their particular laser system? How many laser probes do they use in treatments?
  • CLINIC LOCATION. Where does the laser therapist practice from? Do they work with other health care professionals? Is the office or clinic location they offer their services from in a professional, clean and easy to access location? Office or clinic location is an important indicator of a laser therapist’s credibility.
  • PRICES. Are prices clearly quoted on their website? How many treatments are included with their fee’s? How much are additional or “booster” treatments if needed? Do their prices seem especially discounted? Professional laser therapy equipment is not inexpensive and it is only fair a good therapist should be adequately compensated for any investment into equipment, training and their specialized skills/knowledge they offer in the community and general market place.

If the majority of the questions above cannot be clearly or professionally answered — it should raise some red flags and may mean the “professional” you are considering offers substandard service and likely a lower chance of optimal laser therapy results.

 

Why Choose Lazer Dave?

Lazer Dave is Ottawa’s premiere laser therapy expert.

This is backed up by his 12+ years of clinical experience treating a myriad of health concerns, top notch European laser therapy equipment from Germany, high success rates, massage therapy training/background, anatomy expertise, physiology knowledge, hours of laser therapy training, commitment to continuing education and staying up-to-date on the latest research and developments in the field of laser and PBM (photobiomodulation) thearapy.

This combined expertise can be best summarized as “The Lazer Dave Advantage”. For more details on The Lazer Dave Advantage and Dave’s professional qualifications — check out the page “Why Choose Dave?”

 

About Lazer Dave

Want to know a little more personal info about Lazer Dave and his laser story?

Check out the “About Lazer Dave” page.

 

3 OTTAWA LOCATIONS TO SERVE YOU

TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT

contact one of 3 Ottawa locations:

 

1. Nepean PHYSIOCARE

289 Greenbank Rd.

Call 613-714-9495 Text 613-702-2668

email info@physiocarephysiotherapy.com

Physiocare Website NEPEAN

 

2. Westboro PHYSIOCARE

1399 Wellington St.

Call 613-722-3769 Text 613-703-8812

email  ww@physiocarephysiotherapy.com

Physiocare Website WESTBORO

 

3. Kanata PHYSIOCARE

5035 Innovation Dr.

Call 613-254-5639 Text (613) 482-4167

email kanata@physiocarephysiotherapy.com

Physiocare Website KANATA

 

 

Serving the laser therapy needs of the greater Ottawa area including Kanata, Nepean, Gatineau, Gleeb, Barrhaven, Manotick, Stittsville, Arnprior, Whitelake, Pakenham, Mississippi Mills, Carleton Place, Goulbourn, Carp, Dunrobin, Perth, Smiths Falls, Kingston and surrounding areas.

 

for a free consultation:

email  dave@ottawalasersolutions.com

Call or Text 613-854-6969