Cold laser therapy is a procedure that is non-invasive which means it does not need any surgical incision. Since no surgery is needed you won’t need a prolonged recovery time to get back in shape. This therapy does not require consumption of any medication which jives well with many patients.
Cold Laser Therapy or LLLT (Low Level Laser Therapy) or Laser Photobiostimulation is the treatment procedure that specifically uses the wavelengths of light so it interacts with tissues and helps in accelerating the process of healing. The treatment also involves the application of monochromatic and coherent light to lesions that help in stimulating the healing process.
Unlike the common known light emitting devices like the LEDs and the SLDs that emit non-coherent light which are just marketing names used for LEDs, the monochromatic, coherent and polarized radiations that are emitted by LASER have unique, scientifically proven and specific effects that penetrate deep in the tissues. Laser therapy not only gives relief from pain but increases the speed of recovery.
Low level Laser Therapy has shown specific effectiveness in treating the following symptoms and conditions:
780-830nm Wavelength Infra-Red Light Or Penetration Of Deep Tissue:
- Strain and Sprain
- Back and neck pain
- Abrasions and Wounds
- Tendon and Ligament injuries
- Joint Injuries
- Pain points, deep-tissue acupuncture points and myofascial trigger points
- Acute and Chronic pain
- Small or regular bone fractures
630-700nm Wavelength Red Light Or Penetration Of Shallow Tissues:
- Abrasions, Wounds
- Superficial acupuncture points
- Injuries to mucous membranes
- Wounds caused by surgeries
Over the past 10 years, laser eye surgery or Lasik has become very popular due to its quickness and effectiveness. Cold laser therapy is akin to Lasik but has not entered the mainstream yet due to its use of a lot of variation in its types of lasers and the procedure of usage.
Being just 30 years old, Cold Laser therapy is a relatively new technology if you compare with its counterparts like the chiropractic care that dates back to 1895, physical therapy and techniques like acupuncture which dates back to 80000-3500 B.C. Thanks to the latest innovations it is now easier for practitioners to own their own cold laser equipment. The first cold laser cleared by FDA was in 2001.
Cold Laser is used in two distinct ways: One being the targeting of acupuncture trigger points which is quite similar to the acupuncture without needles and the other is the broad coverage of tissues with the use of IR or Red Light photons that helps in reducing pain and stimulates healing.
Cold laser therapy does not generate perceivable heat and most of the patients do not feel anything while some just feel slight tingling or a warm sensation during the treatment. An experienced Temple Terrace Chiropractor can guide you in finding out whether CLT can be harmful to you or not. But over the 30 years of its usage, the low powered lasers have had no adverse effects or caused cancer which is a concern for many. In fact it has proved very useful in relieving pain for chronic cancer patients.