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Laser Therapy Specialist

Got Your Back Total Health

Chiropractor located in Chevy Chase, Washington, DC

The healthcare professionals at Got Your Back Total Health help patients with several types of pain. The facility offers laser therapy for residents in many communities within close proximity to both Spring Valley, Maryland and Washington, D.C.

Laser Therapy Q & A

What Is Laser Therapy?

Lasers are widely used in cosmetic medicine to rejuvenate the skin, but their medical uses extend far beyond aesthetic procedures. Chiropractors are able to use lasers to help relieve pain. Laser therapy uses a light-emitting device to stimulate different areas of the body so that they naturally heal themselves. Laser therapy is sometimes combined with other types of pain treatment, such as electric stimulation, to provide a multidimensional pain treatment plan. Deep Tissue Laser Therapy has been researched for over 30 years and provides superior depth penetration and results.

Numerous alternative health and medical clinics have begun including light therapies into their treatment methods. Cold laser therapy, or low level laser therapy, is one of the most popular light therapies currently. Cells begin to die when tissue is damage and scar tissue forms, which can slow or even hinder the healing process. Cold laser therapy is engineered to stimulate the damage cells and break up the formed scar tissue by producing the essential wavelengths of light necessary to do so.

The beneficial effects of laser light on tissue were first recognized almost forty years ago. Since then, there have been thousands of studies documenting the positive effects laser light has on different types of cells, tissue, and disorders.

How does cold laser therapy work?

One of the major advantages of cold laser therapy units is the ability to penetrate deep into joints and tissues while also being able to treat conditions close to the surface of the skin. Oftentimes, little or no sensation is felt during the treatment process. Regardless of how deep the light waves penetrate, damaged cell absorbs the energy that aids in reparation. The body is able to decrease the painful sensation, reduce swelling, and accelerate the time required to heal as these cells are repaired.

What Types of Pain Can Laser Therapy Help?

Laser therapy is able to alleviate many kinds of pain, and it can be used on many parts of the body. It can help alleviate neck and back pain, arthritis-induced pain, shoulder pain, and other joint and muscle pain. It can be used on many different joints and muscles.

Treatment protocols are unique to each patient and condition, so treatments will vary in time, complexity and cost. Some treatment plans may include multiple joints being treated during one laser treatment session. Treatments can take from 5 - 20 minutes, and when appropriate laser therapy can be used as a complementary adjunct to other treatment plans. 

Our Class IV LiteCure LightForce laser therapy system sends photons, or packets of light energy, deep into tissue without damaging it. These photons are absorbed within the mitochondria of the cells and induce a biochemical change called “photobiomodulation” which then inspires production of ATP in the cell. ATP is the fuel, or energy, cells need for repair and rejuvenation. Impaired or injured cells do not make this fuel at an optimal rate, and thus, increased ATP production leads to healthier cells, healthier tissue, and healthier humans!


What can I use cold laser therapy for?

  • Foot Pain
  • Knee Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Lower Back Pain
  • Arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Painful Joints
  • Various Tendonitis
  • Painful Joints
  • Bursitis
  • Acute or Chronic Pain

What Are the Benefits of Deep Tissue Laser Therapy?

Class IV Deep Tissue Laser Therapy has a host of benefits which include:

  • Anti-Inflammation: Laser therapy has an anti-inflammatory effect because of its vasodilation and it triggers the lymphatic drainage system.
  • Accelerated Tissue Repair and Cell Growth: Photons of light access deep tissue layers and accelerate cellular reproduction and growth because it increases the energy available to the cell, allowing it to take in nutrients and get rid of waste quicker.
  • Improved Vascular Activity: Laser light dramatically increases the formation of new capillaries in damaged tissue which speeds healing, closes wounds faster, and lessens scar tissue.
  • Increased Metabolic Activity: Treatment creates an increased output of certain enzymes, increasing oxygen and food particles for blood cells.
  • Trigger Points and Acupuncture Points: Treatments activate muscle triggers and acupuncture points without being invasive to provide pain relief.
  • Improved Nerve Function: Laser light speeds the process of axonal regeneration, nerve cell reconnection, and more to help with numbness and impaired limb function.
  • Faster Wound Healing: Treatment stimulates fibroblast development. Fibroblasts are the building blocks of collagen, predominant in healing wounds. Collagen is the key protein needed to replace old tissue and to repair tissue injury.


Got Your Back Total Health is one of the only chiropractic facilities in the area to offer Deep Tissue Cold Laser Therapy. Laser Therapy allows us to provide our patients with a diverse portfolio of options when determining the best way to approach an injury challenge. This unique therapy can be used as: an adjunct to prescription drugs, a substitute for surgery, a pre-surgery and or post-surgery treatment, and as pain management.

Insurance Policy

We are In-Network with Blue Cross/Blue Shield only, however, we do accept ALL other insurances with out-of-network benefits for chiropractic and physical therapy services. Please feel free to call our office (and contact your insurance carrier) for more information about your coverage options.

Blue Cross Blue Shield
United Healthcare