COLD LASER THERAPY
Cold Laser Therapy is the newest scientific innovation in physical therapy devices for the treatment of a wide array of conditions and pain. That is why f or most of you cold laser treatment will be completely new. You will therefore want to know about it before I use it to treat you. Naturally, you might wonder like “how can light treat my problem?”, “is it safe to use?” or “will is hurt?”. Know that laser light has been used safely for 30-40 years but is only ‘recently’ popular; especially with advanced research and the availability of portable (affordable) equipment. The light is ‘cold’ in that it will not burn human tissue at the settings and treatment times used; and it is not known to cause or worsen cancer. It will not hurt but there may be a slight tingling sensation during treatment.
Most of you know that sunlight can ‘produce’ vitamin D in the body and can result in a burn or tan. That is a result of light penetrating the skin and activating a chemical mechanism called "photobiostimulation". Laser light also cause bio-stimulation, also known as the "photodynamic effect" which means that laser light energy is actually converted to cellular energy (through enhanced ATP synthesis).
Thus low level laser therapy consists of a light-emitting device that can be utilized on many different parts of the body. Cold laser light is ‘tuned’ so that it can penetrate to a level necessary to activate cellular mechanisms of anti-inflammation and pain control. When the ‘target’ cells receive the proper photobiostimulation, cellular mechanisms are activated and chemical compounds are formed assisting in that control. Even if cells closest to the area of concern are not directly treated there is a proximity effect. Cells closer to the skin surface can affect others that are deeper and further away; effectively, chemically transferring the treatment to the target area.
In addition to simple back and neck pain, cold laser therapy has been utilized for a number of inflammatory conditions such as arthritis, tendonitis and sprains. The number of conditions that have been notably increased in the usage of this therapy include carpal tunnel syndrome, wound management, shoulder and neck injuries, overuse injuries, muscle stains and pains, and joint sprains and pains, TMJ pain and whip lash auto injury car accident caused pains as well.
Remember Cold Laser Therapy Treatment is totally painless! That makes it especially useful in performing "needleless acupuncture".
Cold Laser Therapy – How It Can Help
More and more of my patients are benefiting from this noninvasive, medication-free way to relieve pain, tension, inflammation and the effects of injury. Cold laser therapy is a supplemental treatment that provides many soothing and healing effects. This surface administered treatment uses specialized low-level, near-infrared light waves that penetrate internal layers of soft tissue. As the light energy is applied to the treatment area via a handheld wand, internal cells are stimulated, circulation is restored, and tension, inflammation and internal blockages are eased away.
Cold Laser Therapy – Who It Can Help
While cold laser therapy is beneficial, versatile, and safe for most individuals, it’s more effective for certain issues than others. The best way to determine whether or not cold laser therapy is right for you is to visit for a consultation, but consider how this treatment affects the following issues:
Pain resulting from an acute injury or a chronic condition like fibromyalgia, arthritis or carpel tunnel syndrome can be eased through cold laser therapy. If you are experiencing pain in a specific area of the body, targeted application of the low-level light waves can be used to provide prompt relief. Pain that affects the neck and back can be smoothed in this way, as well as extremity pain occurring in the joints of the knees, elbows, wrists and shoulders.
Inflammation and subsequent effects including edema, swelling and lymphatic blockages can be minimized and dispelled through the introduction on the cold laser’s light waves. By stimulating arteries and lymph vessels throughout the body, cold laser therapy helps to increase circulation in an affected area and naturally accelerate the body’s anti-inflammatory response and healing process.
Scar tissue, internal strain and muscle spasms that may occur from injury can be minimized and treated with cold laser therapy. The effects of light waves can prevent irregular healing and the development of scar tissue by prompting faster tissue regeneration and optimizing the body’s internal healing process. Patients with sports injuries, traumatic scarring and other issues can reduce tissue pain and rigidity through regular cold laser therapy sessions.
While most patients experience immediate soothing effects of cold laser therapy throughout the session, this treatment should be used as part of an ongoing wellness and rehabilitation plan rather than an isolated treatment. Multiple sessions may be needed before significant and long lasting results are experienced. Cold laser therapy can be integrated into an existing chiropractic treatment program that includes adjustments and other techniques. Since this therapy is gentle and noninvasive, there is no risk of over treatment and limited side effects. With even the most versatile treatments, cold laser therapy is not a one-size-fits-all solution, so be sure to arrange a consultation to ask questions and learn how it may affect your unique care and needs.