Cold laser therapy, also known as low-level laser therapy (LLLT), uses light to treat various conditions. Unlike other types of laser light, cold laser therapy does not produce heat or vibration in the parts of the body being treated. The photons of light produced by the laser are able to reach tissues up to 2 inches below our skin's surface.
Many therapists, including chiropractors and physical therapists, use cold laser therapy to treat conditions such as joint disorders, low back pain, and carpal tunnel syndrome. This therapy helps to accelerate the healing process while also helping to reduce pain, swelling, and inflammation.
How Cold Laser Therapy Works
During treatment, the light source for the cold laser therapy is pressed against the skin. The light passes through the skin to reach the tissue that is being treated. Unlike surgical lasers, cold laser therapy does not cut the skin.
It also increases the flow of blood and lymph (fluid in the body outside the blood vessels) in the area being treated.
The treatments are painless, and you will be awake during the entire session. Each session usually takes a couple of minutes. Afterwards, you will be able to return to your regular activities immediately.
You may require more than one treatment to receive the full benefits. Some people may also need two to four treatments per week. The total number of treatments depends upon the problem being addressed and how severe it is.
Conditions Treated With Cold Laser Therapy
Chiropractors use cold laser therapy to treat many different conditions, such as:
- Pain. This treatment works for pain caused by injury, aging or genetic problems. Cold laser therapy supports faster healing.
- Wounds. Cold laser therapy may decrease the time of healing wounds due to speeding up cellular growth.
- Injuries. Certain injuries that involve the muscles and bones may benefit from this type of therapy.
- Inflammation. Cold laser therapy opens up the blood and lymph vessels. This may reduce swelling and speed up the healing process. With less inflammation, patients often see a decrease in their comfort level as well as an increase in mobility.
- Bruises. Increased flow of blood and lymph may help bruises heal faster.
- Sports injuries. Many athletes undergo cold laser therapy to help them recover from sports injuries, including muscle strains, pulled hamstring and plantar fasciitis.
Other Conditions treated by Cold Laser Therapy are Bursitis, TMJ, Back Pain, Neck Pain, Fibromyalgia, and Arthritis.
To find out if cold laser therapy will work for you, contact your chiropractor today.