Cold laser therapy or otherwise known as low level laser therapy is a medical treatment involving the use of low level lasers to produce cellular function alterations, and you can discuss with your local Lutz chiropractor if you are a good candidate.
Cold laser therapy started with the discovery of Endre Mester in Hungary. He initially used laser to study its effects on skin cancer. Upon usage of low level laser among mice, he had seen that those who received laser had faster hair growth on their backs making it a potential management for conditions involving cellular alterations. Soon, cold laser therapy was used for various types of conditions.
Uses of Cold Laser Therapy
Cold laser therapy is used for a variety of conditions including:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Other chronic joint disorders
- Neck pains (acute or chronic)
- Low back pain
Aside from these, cold laser therapy was also found to benefit those with cancer, dental problems such as chronic periodontitis, and dental implant infections and those requiring wound healing.
The Mechanisms of Cold Laser Therapy
The use of cold laser therapy is still being studied for more evidence-based practice. Up to now, the main action of CLT is still unclear, but the pain relieving effects have been associated with lowering the levels of pain mediating substances in the body such as prostaglandin, tumor necrosis factor, interleukin, and neutrophils. In addition, its function on the inflammation also reduces oxidative stress, bleeding, edema or swelling making it a possible management for inflammatory-related disorders such as arthritis.
The effects of cold laser therapy in terms of improved cellular proliferation and homeostasis is associated with its effect on the stimulation of the mitochondria of cells. This leads to an increase in the ATP, which helps increase redox signaling and cellular homeostasis.
Advantages of Cold Laser Therapy
Cold Laser Therapy can yield potential benefits including:
- It is a non-invasive approach
Cold laser therapy does not involve surgical measures for the treatment of the above conditions. It becomes beneficial for the prevention of surgery related reactions such as infection, bleeding and pain.
- It can be used with other pain relief medications
Cold laser therapy does not interfere in any way with the action of prescribed analgesics for pain. In this line, you may use cold laser therapy as an adjunct to other conventional pain managements.
Disadvantages of Cold Laser Therapy
As with nay other procedures, CLT may also cause several disadvantages including:
- It requires several sessions to provide full relief
For neck and back pains, one should have 8 to 30 treatments to effect full relief. The frequency of the treatments is also 2 to 4 times a week making it somewhat cumbersome to go for repeated therapies.
- Not covered by health insurances
Some health insurances do not cover cold laser treatments. Since it is still undergoing rigorous studies, cold laser therapy is yet to be established as an acceptable remedy for various conditions.
While cold laser therapy is still new, you may benefit from its pain relieving properties especially if you seek non-surgical and non-pharmacologic managements for various pain conditions. Visit your chiropractor for more information and recommendations about cold laser therapy.