SOURCE: Omni Wellness Center

March 11, 2012 11:00 ET

Charlotte Chiropractor Offers Laser Therapy to Patients Suffering Chronic Back Pain

CHARLOTTE, NC--(Marketwire - Mar 11, 2012) - Dr. Darcey Walraven-Ladner, the Charlotte chiropractor who runs Omni Wellness Center, offers low-level laser therapy (LLLT) to patients suffering from chronic neck, joint and back pain, as well as several other conditions. The treatment involves targeting injured tissues with a laser set to a specific wavelength that goes through the skin to reach the tissues underneath. Therapeutic laser light falls within a specific wavelength range that can be adjusted to pulse at various levels depending on the depth of the injury. According to Dr. Walraven-Ladner, LLLT is effective at providing pain relief for a variety of ailments and also helps to reduce post-injury scar tissue from accumulating and causing further pain.

Dr. Walraven-Ladner says that she uses laser therapy in her Charlotte chiropractic care center to help treat patients suffering from chronic painful conditions ranging from carpal tunnel syndrome to fibromyalgia. "LLLT is great for chronic pain because it actually penetrates inside tissues to stimulate localized healing. As a chiropractor, I use LLLT because it is an effective, but non-invasive, non-drug based therapy that actually helps the body to relieve its own pain." Patients usually undergo a series of treatments over time that are customized to a dose, pulse and wavelength that addresses their injury or condition.

The therapeutic laser is set within a specific range of light wavelengths that do not burn the tissues it is used to treat. The laser has to fall within a wavelength range of 660 and 900 nanometers. At 660nm, the laser targets a shallower level of tissues right under the skin, whereas a laser set at 900nm penetrates up to four or five inches deep. The photons in the laser light spur cells to produce adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which is important to boosting cellular energy and metabolism so that injured tissues can heal faster. According to Dr. Walraven-Ladner, the laser also stimulates circulation and decreases inflammation.

Dr. Walraven-Ladner says that the therapeutic laser treatments have been particularly helpful for patients suffering from back pain and neck pain, and that it makes a good complementary treatment to the spinal adjustments she offers at the center. She says that LLLT also stimulates endorphin production within the injury site. Endorphins are hormones released by the brain that act as the body's natural painkillers. Depending upon each patient's condition, she may use a combination of spinal adjustments along with laser treatments, acupuncture and massage therapy. The doctor says that patients with arthritis, bursitis and ligament sprains have responded particularly well to LLLT, and that it has also been able to prevent or decrease buildup of scar tissue on several injuries.

"Our goal is to help people in pain to feel better so they can get back to active, happy living," explains Walraven-Ladner. "Therapeutic laser treatments have helped so many of our patients feel better that we are very enthusiastic about it." For more information, the doctor's website is located at

Contact Information

  • Omni Wellness Center
    Charlotte, NC