Cold Laser Therapy Pain Management
Have you been injured in a car accident or in the workplace? Have you tried everything but you just can’t seem to get better? Do you want to heal quicker? If you answered yes to any of those questions, cold laser therapy might be worth a shot! Many people suffering from chronic or acute pain symptoms turn to chiropractic, physiotherapy, acupuncture, and massage to try and achieve a pain-free life. However, for some patients nothing seems to work and often, cold laser therapy can be a last resort. So what exactly is cold laser therapy, how does it work, what is it used for, and how do you know if it’s right for you?
What is cold laser therapy and how does it work?
Cold laser therapy uses low levels of light to stimulate healing. Unlike surgical or aesthetic lasers, cold laser therapy does not cause your tissues to heat up. Sometimes referred to as low-level laser therapy (LLLT), low-power laser therapy (LPLT), or soft laser, cold laser therapy directs low-level light directly at the problem area before the tissue absorbs the light. Essentially, this leads to a biological or chemical reaction to red and near infrared light. Damaged cells have a physiological reaction that helps promote regeneration. Different wavelengths and outputs are used depending on the purpose of the treatment. Typically, wavelengths between 600 and 700 nanometers are used to heal superficial tissue. Wavelengths between 780 and 950 are used to penetrate deeper. Throughout the procedure, the device can be felt on the skin but creates no heat, sound, or vibration. Additionally, it is non-invasive, painless, and only takes a few minutes!
What is cold laser therapy use for?
Medical professionals from doctors to dentists to physical therapists use cold laser therapy in a variety of ways. However, the main uses for cold laser therapy are tissue repair and to provide relief from pain and inflammation. Here are a few things that cold laser therapy is used to treat:
Minor injuries and sprains: Physical therapists and sports medicine clinics often use cold laser therapy in the treatment of minor injuries and sprains. It is used to reduce swelling and assist in the healing of joints and soft tissue.
Inflammation: Dentists utilize cold laser therapy to reduce inflammation of tissues in the mouth and to treat ulcers. Doctors may use it to alleviate inflammation caused by arthritis.
Aches and pains: Therapeutic massage therapy and some pain clinics will often use cold laser therapy for people who suffer from chronic pain.
Acupuncture: For people who don’t like the needles associated with acupuncture, acupuncturists will use cold laser therapy to stimulate the acupoints the same way needles do, but without piercing the skin.
How do you know if cold laser therapy is right for you?
If you are struggling to find a cure for your pain, you want to speed up your healing process, or you simply want to try alternative treatment, cold laser therapy is something you should try! Visit your nearest physical therapy provider to find out how they can help you live your life pain-free!