Does your jaw pop or click when chewing gum? Do you have trouble opening your mouth big enough to bite into that double cheeseburger? Do you have pain in your jaw, ear, or face? Who do you visit to get relief? Your primary care physician? Your dentist? You may be surprised that your physical therapist may be able to help.
Low-level laser therapy (LLLT) is a modality that we, at Neurosport, have and use frequently with our patients. I field many questions from my patients on the topic of laser therapy. That being said, I would like to answer a few of the questions that come up most regarding this physical therapy modality.
Picture this: It’s been a long, dreary, cold-ish winter (Hey, it’s Georgia, after all). The weekend has arrived and it is beautiful, warm and sunny. You throw on last year’s comfortable flip flops and head out for a long, relaxing walk. Everything is great until you wake up the next morning… you step out of bed and feel a sharp, stabbing, achy pain running along the front of your shin from below your knee cap down to your ankle, or maybe even your toes!?
Treating and releasing hyperirritable areas of the myofascia is important to reset muscle fibers into a more efficient state and prevent future injuries. The techniques highlighted below will help you mobilize muscular soft tissue and relieve trigger points found all throughout the body, even in areas you did not know existed!