The high-intensity light used in cold laser therapy stimulates damaged cells to produce energy (ATP), which improves their function, assists their division, strengthens the body’s immune system, and causes the secretion of various beneficial proteins, hormones, and endorphins. As a result, the body’s tissues are healed, and pain is eased or eliminated. If damaged cells have died, the photons emitted by the cold laser help the division of neighboring cells to generate new healthy tissue, and thus bring about healing. Additionally, healthy cells treated with cold laser therapy release healthy chemical substances into the blood and lymphatic systems that flow to other parts of the body. In this way, the effects of cold laser therapy may not be only local, but can also achieve wide systemic benefits.
Cold Laser Physiological Benefits
Reduction in pain by causing production of natural pain killer endorphins.
Reduction in inflammation by suppressing inflammatory enzymes helps to decrease inflammation and release tight muscles. Inflammatory enzymes create swelling, redness, pain, and heat. Tight muscles create chronic pain, joint problems, and decreased mobility.
Enhanced lymphatic drainage, which increases circulation and speeds healing.
Release of tight muscles that create chronic pain, joint problems, and decreased mobility.
Faster bone repair by stimulating fibroblastic and osteoblastic proliferation.
Cold Laser Therapy is Pain Free
Cold Laser Therapy is pain-free, because low level lasers do not generate heat that can be perceived by the human nervous system. When the laser light contacts the skin, there is no warmth or any burning sensation. In fact, most patients either feel a slight tingling sensation, or nothing at all during the treatment.
For most patients, the results from Cold Laser Therapy are long-lasting. Some patients will experience immediate results, but most usually require 6 to 12 sessions before there is a lasting effect.
Since each patient’s condition is different, Dr. Ridley will determine after reviewing your condition if laser treatments may benefit you.
So if you have pain or other physical discomfort while doing activities that you once enjoyed pain-free, you could be a candidate for Cold Laser Therapy at LiveWell Chiropractic and Wellness Center.
Soft tissue injuries
Generalized muscular pain, including muscle strain
Back, neck and shoulder pain
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Chondromalacia patellae (Knee pain)
Headaches and migraines
Plantar fasciitis (Foot pain)
Tennis and golfer’s elbow
Herniated disc pain
Jaw and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain
Schedule a consultation with Dr. Ridley at LiveWell Chiropractic and Wellness Center and find out if you are a candidate for treatment with Cold Laser Therapy.
Q: What conditions can be treated with laser therapy?
A: Laser therapy can be used to treat a broad range of conditions, including musculoskeletal problems, arthritis, sports injuries, chronic and degenerative conditions, and muscle and joint pain.
Q: What are the benefits of cold laser therapy?
A: Low-level laser therapy is a noninvasive, fast and effective modality that has been proven in clinical studies to reduce pain and swelling and promote healing.
Q: How long does a laser treatment take?
A: Treatments can last between 15 minutes to over 1 hour depending on the condition and area being treated. These time frames are based on very specific protocols set out by your clinician to maximize the benefits in the shortest period of time.
Q: Is cold laser therapy safe?
A: Hundreds of research studies have shown laser therapy to be safe and effective. Laser therapy is non-invasive, non-toxic and non-thermal. Unlike other forms of radiation, laser therapy is beneficial rather than harmful to tissue.
Q: Are there any reasons I shouldn’t have cold laser therapy?
A: Yes. Laser therapy should be avoided in the following instances: over the womb for women in their first trimester of pregnancy (as there have been very little studies on this), and also over cancerous tumors (as we do not want to increase blood flow to such areas, which can encourage the growth of unhealthy cells).
Q: How does cold laser therapy work?
A: The laser excites the body’s cells, infusing them with energy, with the three primary reactions being reduction of inflammation, cell regeneration and increased blood flow.
Q: Is cold laser therapy painful?
A: No, most people do not feel anything. Those who have reported any sensation at all describe it as a light tingling.
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