Frequently Asked Questions About Laser Therapy

What is musculoskeletal Laser Therapy?

Laser therapy is the use of light (red & infrared) at specific wavelengths to produce therapeutic effects including: reduced pain, improved local circulation, accelerated healing, decreased inflammation and swelling. 

Is there any reason I should not have Laser Therapy?


Our Class IV Laser can be used across all ages and to benefit a wide variety of musculoskeletal conditions. There are very few contraindications. The Laser should not be applied to an area of a known cancerous tumor, applied directly over the thyroid, applied directly over a developing foetus/baby, or pointed directly into the eyes. A detailed case history is taken prior to commencing a course of Laser Therapy, plus safety goggles will be provided for both patient and practitioner during any laser therapy session.

Are there any the side effects to Laser Therapy?

Very few adverse side effects have been reported in response to the use of a laser (Class IV). Patients can expect little or no sensation during treatment. Gentle, soothing warmth can provide some pain relief. In some cases areas of pain of inflammation may feel temporarily more sensitive prior to pain reduction, some chronic conditions may initially feel aggravated due to a stimulation of the immune system.

What is the typical treatment time for Laser Therapy and how often will I have to be treated?

The Rebalance Clinic offers 15 minute Laser Therapy sessions. A typical treatment last about 5 minutes. More than one area or repeated applications may be provided in one session. Acute conditions can be treated regularly (daily); chronic conditions twice/three times a week to periodically depending on stage and response.

How long does it take to feel benefit from Laser Therapy?

Response depends on the patient and the condition, however improvement is often reported after an initial treatment. Each treatment is cumulative. Your practitioner will be able to advise the recommended number of sessions for your condition.

Can Laser Therapy be used alongside other therapies?

Laser therapy is ideal to be used alongside other therapies such as osteopathy, sports massage and acupuncture as it stimulate the body’s own healing mechanisms. Combination treatments including Laser Therapy are expected to be increase overall effectiveness.

How many treatments will I need?

The number of treatments you will need depends on a number of factors including your health and condition. At Rebalance we will propose the most appropriate treatment plan for you and keep appointments to a minimum. Your osteopath will be able to give you a guide after your first consultation. 

Do you take health insurance?

The Rebalance practitioners are registered with a range of private health insurers.  Read our full information. We advise you contact us before making your booking. Call 020 7127 8127, send a message via email or use our contact us form. 

How do I cancel my appointment?

You can cancel your appointment by calling 020 7127 8127, or sending a message via email or our contact us form. Please provide at least 24 hours notice for any cancellations so that we may use the appointment for someone else. Missed appointments may incur the full charge. Read more

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