Cold Laser Therapy
Cold Laser has been shown to be effective in the treatment of many pain syndromes. Carpal tunnel, plantar faciitis, tennis elbow, back pain, neck pain and many other concerns have been treated effectively with safe Cold Laser therapy. It is also being found to be helpful in the treatment of Fibromyalgia aymptoms. Laser is not a replacement for spinal care, but it is a safe and helpful partner in the tool bag to help patients feel better and heal. We are excited to announce that we have added this safe, effective Laser therapy to our office protocols. Cold laser therapy helps assist natural healing by decreasing inflammation, increasing circulation as well as stimulating the energy centers of the individual tissue cells. Call us today and see if cold laser therapy can help you with your aches and pains. Call today for a complimentary consultation to see if this advanced therapy can help you. 828.298.0011
In general, cold lasers can be used in 2 distinct ways:
Targeting acupuncture trigger points (similar to acupuncture but without the needles)
Broad coverage of deep tissue with laser photons to stimulate changes in the tissue
Cold Laser therapy offers a non-intrusive option to acupuncture and surgery. It also provides a non-addicting treatment that eliminates the complications of long-term drug treatment programs. Cold laser are widely use for treatment of:
Acute and chronic pain
Soft tissue injuries
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Healing With Cold Lasers
The cold laser produces an impulse of light at a specific wavelength (usually 800 to 900nm) that minimizes reflection and scattering but maximized absorption of the the energy (in photons) at a desire depth.
Some conditions like joint pain require a deep penetration (4-5 inches) that can only be achieved using a powerful laser emitter. Many systems also have other lower wavelengths and lower-power emitters for treating shallow tissue (like the lymph system or surface scars). For shallow treatments, light emitting diodes (or LEDs) with a shorter wavelength (700nm) are more cost effective for adding photons to the shallower tissue. In addition, red light diode with a wavelength of 660 NM may be used to add energy to even shallower levels of tissues. It is the general consensus that wavelengths below 660 nanometers are very easily absorbed in the surface tissue and are not optimized for deep tissue healing.
The goal of laser therapy is to deliver light energy units from infrared laser radiation, called photons, to damaged cells. It is the consensus of experts is that photons absorbed by the cells through laser therapy stimulate the mitochondria to accelerate production of ATP. This biochemical increase in cell energy is used to transform live cells from a state of illness to a stable, healthy state.
Over 4000 studies have been conducted in recent years to validate the effectiveness of cold laser therapy. Cold lasers treatment systems may be cleared by the FDA.
Benefit of Cold Lasers
Easy to apply
No side effects or pain
Cost effective for both the practitioner and patient
Highly effective in treating ailments (more than 90% efficacy)
Superior alternative to analgesics, NSAID’s and other medications
Reduces the need for surgery
Works synergistically with other modalities like Chiro, Acupuncture, and PT
General Therapeutic Laser Biological Effects
Increased Cell Growth: Laser photons accelerates cellular reproduction and growth.
Increased Metabolic Activity: Photons initiate a higher outputs of specific enzymes, greater oxygen and food particle loads for blood cells and thus greater production of the basic food source for cells, Adenosine Tri-Phosphate (ATP).
Faster Wound Healing: Cold laser photons stimulates fibroblast development and accelerates collagen synthesis in damaged tissue
Anti-Inflammatory Action: Laser photons reduce swelling caused by bruising or inflammation of joints resulting in enhanced joint mobility.
Increased Vascular Activity: Laser photons induce temporary vasodilation that increases blood flow to effected areas.
Reduced Fibrous Tissue Formation:Laser photons reduce the formation of scar tissue following tissue damage from: cuts, scratches, burns or post surgery.
Stimulated Nerve Function: Laser photon exposure speeds the process of nerve cell reconnect ion to bring the numb areas back to life.
Pain Reduction: Almost all systems have a mode of operation specifically designed to reduce pain.