Cold Laser Therapy, also known as Low Level Laser Therapy, is a treatment that utilizes specific wavelengths of light to interact with tissue. It helps to accelerate the healing process of a variety of clinical conditions. By definition, this type of therapy uses radiation intensities that induce minimal temperature elevation (not more than 0.1 to 0.5 degrees Celsius), if any. Low energy lasers have been promoted as an effective way to produce pain relief.
Cold Laser Therapy is widely used for treatment of: Acute and chronic pain, ligament sprains, muscle strains, soft tissue injuries, tendonitis, arthritis, tennis/golfer's elbow, neck and back pain, bursitis, headaches, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, fibromyalgia, wound healing, TMJ/TMD, neuropathy, herniated discs, sciatica, plantar fasciitis and many other afflictions.
Cold laser therapy is one option among a variety of treatment approaches that can potentially alleviate pain symptoms without the use of surgery or drugs. Cold lasers are handheld devices used by the doctor and are typically the size of a flashlight. The laser is placed directly over the injured area for 30 seconds to several minutes, depending on the size of the area being treated and the dose provided by the cold laser unit. It is a state of the art, FDA approved therapy for pain and could be the answer you're looking for.
What kind of laser is it? Our cold laser machine is a Summus Platinum series (P4) Class IV Medical grade laser.
How does it work? Laser Therapy is the use of laser energy to create therapeutic effects. Research has shown that these effects include improved healing time, pain reduction, increased circulation and decreased swelling. When laser light is absorbed by living tissue, it triggers biological reactions in the cells. Chemical substances are produced, released and carried by blood and lymphatic flow to other parts of the system. In this way the effects of cold laser light create broad systemic healing effects.
Is it safe? Absolutely. The FDA has cleared laser therapy for the treatment of many pain syndromes. The investigation of a broad array of conditions has been completed and more are underway. The FDA considers laser therapy to be a safe and effect modality when used properly by a licensed practitioner.
Does it hurt? Not at all. Cold, low level lasers do not generate perceivable heat. Therefore, when the laser contacts the skin the patient experiences minimal warmth and no burning. Most people feel nothing while some may feel a slight tingling or tapping during the treatment.
Has Laser Therapy Been Proven? Yes. There are more than 3000 scientific research studies on laser therapy. These investigations verify clinical value and effectiveness of Laser Therapy.
How long will it take to work? Treatment times vary depending on the condition and severity of your injury. Treatment times range from seconds to several minutes. A typical treatment plan is 4-6 treatments with some at the extreme end lasting up to 20 visits.
Are there any contraindications? Yes. The following are contraindications to laser therapy: pregnancy, active skin cancer/tumors, those currently taking tetracycline, retin-A, and St. John’s Wart, those using medications that suggest avoiding bright lights, those actively in immunosuppressant therapy, and open infections.