What Can Cold Laser Therapy Treat?
Cold Laser Therapy is great for treating any type of acute or chronic inflammatory condition. Some examples are listed below. Call to see if cold laser therapy can help you!
What is Laser Therapy?
Laser therapy is the use of monochromatic light emission from a low intensity laser diode or an array of high intensity super luminous diodes to treat musculoskeletal injuries, chronic and degenerative conditions and to heal wounds.
The light source is placed in contact with the skin allowing the photon energy to penetrate tissue, where it interacts with cellular function restoring normal cell function and enhancement of the body’s healing processes. The following outlines the specific effects of Low Intensity Laser Therapy.
Short Term Effects
- Production and release of the body’s natural pain inhibitors
- Kick starts the body’s natural healing processes
Long Term Effects
- Improved cellular metabolism
- Increased protein production (building blocks of tissue)
- Neurotransmission is facilitated
- Mitochondrial activity is stimulated (energy production in cells)
- Promotes formation of new blood vessels (angiogenesis)
- Regulates and improves cell membrane function and communication
Absorption as a result of photon bombardment of various cellular molecules results in the transformation of light energy into biochemical energy. This is a cumulative effect and requires sufficient stimulation in order to initiate response. Typically 5-20 treatments are required. The end result of laser therapy is the restoration of normal cell function. Normally functioning cells are not affected by laser therapy nor are there any known significant side effects. Low Laser Therapy differs from other modalities in that it has a curative effect on the body rather than simply symptom control.
|Arthritis Pain||Tendonitis||Tennis Elbow|
|Golfers Elbow||Acute Pain||Chronic Pain|
|Strains & Sprains||Wound Healing||Achilles Tendonitis|
|Heel Spurs||Back Pain||Repetitive Strains|
|Soft Tissue Injury||Frozen Shoulder||Plantar Fasciitis|
|Knee Pain||and many more…|
Laser Therapy Is The Most Modern Form Of Light Therapy
Low power laser is quickly becoming the first line of attack in pain control and tissue healing. It is safe, painless and quick with fast results.
Laser Is A Form Of Light Energy
The term laser means Light Amplification by Stimulation Emission of Radiation. It is a pure form of light energy of a specific color or wavelength.
Low Power Laser Stimulates Tissue
There are two general types of medical lasers: high power lasers which cut through tissue, and low power lasers that stimulate tissue repair. This is referred to as photo-biostimulation.
Low Power Lasers Are Not Harmful
Lasers used for tissue stimulation have insufficient strength to damage cells. However, as the laser beam is quite bright, the patient should avoid staring directly at the beam as it may irritate the retina of the eye. Over twenty years of clinical use low power lasers have not been found to cause any adverse effects.
Lasers Stimulate Biological Processes
When laser light interacts with tissue, it causes certain photochemical reactions to occur, and stimulates natural biological processes. Many of these reactions have beneficial effects on the body, which help to control pain and accelerate healing.
Lasers Can Treat A Variety Of Conditions
Laser therapy has been valuable in the treatment of a variety of conditions, including patients suffering acute, chronic, or post operative pain. Most conditions respond positively to laser therapy as it stimulates the reparative processes of the body.
Laser Is A Painless Form Of Therapy
Low power lasers do not generate heat; therefore, when the laser contacts the skin the patient experiences no warmth or burning. Although the light may stimulate certain nerves, most people feel nothing during the treatment.
Treatments Are Easy And Fast
Treatments are generally 1-2 minutes or less per spot and most conditions require approximately 3 to 4 spots. Most visits to the office are under 5 minutes and a total of 8 to 10 visits for acute injuries and 18-25 for chronic injuries is normal. The less chronic the condition the faster the healing time.
Results Are Very Quick
While some patients feel improvement right from the start it is common that lasting improvement is noticeable after 6 – 8 visits.
Laser Treatments Don’t Compromise Your Schedule
Although daily visits may be required at the beginning of your treatment plan, they are fast and simple. As your condition improves visits decrease in frequency.
What to Expect During Laser Therapy?
1. Although rare, should you experience any pain after treatment use ice repeatedly for 12-15 minutes.
2. Notify us on your next visit that this has occurred so we can adjust the treatment protocols.
3. Treatments are scheduled according to recommended protocols and each patient’s status. They usually start at three or more times per week and decrease with improvement.
4. Treatment plans can vary from 5 to 25 visits or more. Acute injuries respond more quickly than chronic conditions.
5. The majority of patients do not notice any change in symptoms until the 4th or 5th visit. There are, of course, exceptions to this rule.
6. Remember, our objective is to get you as healthy as possible in as little time as possible, but this will require time and patience.
7. Please call the clinic at any time with questions or concerns 905 634 8598