In this video, Alison looks at why laser treatment is often used for Achilles pain or Achilles tendonitis and what it is thought to do. Then, she looks at what the research says about whether laser treatment is effective and what you can perhaps do instead of laser if you have an Achilles injury.
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More about relative rest: https://youtu.be/XMvcJIrqYhY
More about Achilles tendon rehab: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1sDnegMCeASAQQBJtiW18BVTXsfoYk-c
00:00:41 What is laser therapy for Achilles tendonitis?
00:01:31 Why laser therapy won’t heal your injured Achilles tendon
00:05:16 The correct approach to Achilles tendinopathy treatment
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