Cold Laser Therapy with Its Low-Level Lasers Can Heal Your Agonizing Neck Pain
Neck pain can be excruciating. The soreness you feel around the structures of your neck may even impede you from performing a simple action as drinking a glass of water. Reasons for neck pain can include neck injuries, sitting at the desk for too long, poor posture while watching television or reading, sleeping with inadequate neck support or in an uncomfortable position, etc. While these are causes that are not serious, some medical conditions that lead to neck pain are fibromyalgia, spondylosis, spinal stenosis, and torticollis.
Cold laser therapy for neck pain has been identified as a viable procedure for patients. It is also known as low-level laser therapy as it employs low levels of light-emitting diodes on the affected areas of the body. While laser therapy with a high beam of light is used to destroy cancer cells and cut tissues, cold laser therapy with its low lights provide comfort to painful areas of the neck. It can be performed easily as it is noninvasive and painless.
Patients can expect to feel a tingling sensation when light, wavelengths of 605, 780, 810 to 830, or 904 nm, are applied at the side and back of the neck. The light penetrates through the skin into the tissues, providing a healing effect. Cold laser therapy is said to function in the same manner as photosynthesis does in plants. Whenever a disease or injury affects tissue cells, nitric oxide is created through mitochondria (a point where metabolism happens inside a cell). What nitric oxide does is that it replaces oxygen from cells, which leads to inflammation or death of the cell. When beams of light from cold laser therapy enter affected tissues of the neck, the same nitric oxide is decoupled, which makes way for oxygen to get back into the cell and fill tissue with much-needed oxygen supply. Through this process, the metabolism of the cell is fixed and tissue’s health is restored more quickly.
Cold laser therapy is becoming increasingly popular as it is not only beneficial for neck pain but rheumatoid arthritis, low-back pain, osteoarthritis, tendinopathy, and chronic joint disorders as well. It has been observed that some patients experience quick relief in their pain with a couple of cold laser therapy sessions. But, not all cases are similar in nature and different conditions may call for extended application of laser therapy. Along with therapy, exercises, spinal adjustments, natural anti-inflammatory herbs may also recommended to more quickly ease your neck pain.