Cold Laser Therapy: What Is It and Can It Work For Me?
Cold laser therapy, sometimes called low-level laser therapy (LLLT), is a laser therapy that uses low levels of light to stimulate healing. Unlike surgical or aesthetic lasers, it does not cause your tissues to heat up or burn. Differing wavelengths and outputs are used, depending on the condition and purpose of the treatment. During the procedure, you’ll feel the device against your skin, but it creates no heat, sound, or vibration.
How Does Cold Laser Therapy Work? Low-level light is applied directly to the problem area where the tissue then absorbs the light. In a basic sense, this leads to a biological or chemical reaction to red and near infrared light. Damaged cells have a physiological reaction to the laser that helps promote cellular healing and regeneration.
The technique is called “cold” laser therapy because the low levels of light are not enough to heat your body’s tissue. The level of light is low when compared to other forms of laser therapy, such as those used to destroy tumors and coagulate tissue. Even better, it is completely noninvasive and painless. Most of the time, one treatment will take only a few minutes.
What Is Cold Laser Therapy Used For? Doctors, dentists, physical therapists, and other medical professionals use cold laser therapy in a variety of ways. The main uses for cold laser therapy are tissue repair and relief from pain. It is used to help reduce swelling and promote healing of the joints and soft tissue. Pain clinics use it to help people who suffer from chronic pain.
As a Chiropractor, we have used cold laser therapy to promote accelerated healing with some of the conditions related to:
- Neck and Low Back Pain
- Shoulder Problems: Bursitis, Tendonitis
- Rotator Cuff Injuries
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome,
- Ulnar and Cluneal Nerve Entrapments
- Knee Pain: Ligament and Cartilage Tears,
- Plantar Fasciitis, Ankle Sprains
- Scar Tissue Repair and Scar Related Pain
- Wound Healing, Fracture Healing
- Muscle Injuries, Tears, Sprains
- Nerve Pain
Is Cold Laser Therapy Right for You? The use of cold laser therapy is growing in traditional medical practice and as complementary or alternative therapy. Under the care of a doctor or qualified practitioner, cold laser therapy is considered safe. Also on the plus side, it’s noninvasive, painless, and there’s no need for medication or other preparation. There are generally no side effects or reported adverse events.
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Dr. Joe Gitto, BA, DC, CFMP, FDN
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