Cold Laser Therapy is the most researched and published modality in physical rehabilitation and has demonstrated a multitude of clinical benefits that include relieving pain from minor muscular and joint aches, pain and stiffness associated with arthritis, relaxing muscle spasms and increasing local blood circulation. Clinically proven and long popular in Europe, laser therapy is now cleared to market in the United States by the FDA.
How does it work?
Cold Laser Therapy (CLT) uses laser light energy to stimulate cells to function optimally. Cold laser therapy is similar to photosynthesis in plants; sunlight is absorbed by the plant and converted into energy the plant can utilize for growth. In the body, light-sensitive chromophores and other elements within the cell absorb energy, initiating a series of important photochemical changes such as increased production of nitric oxide, singlet oxygen and ATP, as well as an increase in the cell membrane's permeability. The mitochondria and Kreb's Cycle stimulation initiates the production of ATP, providing the cell with the extra energy needed to accelerate the healing process and positively influence pain etc. The additional energy and effects result in normalization of cell function when cell function is impaired. Since the following activities can occur in all types of cells (muscle, ligament, cartilage, nerves etc.) a number of wide-ranging conditions can be treated.
Is Cold Laser Therapy Safe?
Cold Laser Therapy has been successfully used around the world for over 30 years, with no reported long-term side effects. In the United States, the FDA has ruled that the therapy is safe. The laser used in our office is an FDA certified laser. For the past 30 years, the technology of Cold Laser Therapy (also known as Low Level Laser Therapy or LLLT) has been formally accepted in Canada and in many other parts of the world such as Europe, Scandinavia, Russia and Japan. In all this time there have been no recorded long-term adverse effects from its use. It is considered to be non-invasive, painless and safe.
The question is often asked, "If it's a laser aren't they used in surgical operations, to cauterize tissue?" The answer is "Yes" - Hot Lasers are able to cauterize (cut) tissue. Our Laser stimulates and energizes the cells.
Is Cold Laser Therapy Painful?
No. Low level lasers do not generate perceivable heat. Therefore, when the laser contacts the skin the patient experiences no warmth or burning as a result of the laser. Most people feel nothing at all while a few may feel a slight tingling (energy) during the treatment.
What conditions does the Cold Laser Therapy help treat?
- Acute and chronic spinal pain in the neck, mid and low back
- Acute and chronic joint pain in shoulders, elbows, wrists, and hands
- Acute and chronic joint pain in hips, knees, ankles, and feet
- Arthritis, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
- Whiplash and spinal strain/sprain injuries
- Tendinitis, bursitis, and other repetitive stress soft tissue injuries
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Rotator cuff Injuries and impingement syndromes
- Tennis elbow and golfer's elbow
- Plantar fascitis
- Headaches, including migraines
- Other Musculoskeletal injuries
What to expect on your initial visit to determine if we can help you?
All patients go through an initial consultation with our provider team to discuss the problem so he can answer all your questions about the Cold Laser Program. The laser will be shown and demonstrated so there's "no fear of the unknown." Every patient gets a complete evaluation with our provider team to determine the best laser protocols to utilize.
Our provider team will go over the results of the examination and will let you know if you are a candidate for his Cold Laser Program.