Cold Laser Therapy (aka Low Level Laser Therapy) offers patients a painless option for recovering from injuries sooner by reducing pain, without the use of drugs or invasive surgeries. This is commonly used in athletes as well as the average individual looking to return to pain-free activities more quickly. The laser light stimulates the cells in your soft tissues to heal themselves; without any irritation to the skin or any discomfort to the patient.
How it Works?
Laser therapy is a photochemical process using red and near infrared light. It is photochemical, rather than thermal, and therefore does not feel warm to the touch. Low level laser therapy decreases oxidative stress and promotes ATP production which increases cell metabolism, reduces inflammation and inhibits pain fibers to decrease overall pain. It is commonly used in the chiropractic office to:
Conditions that can benefit from cold laser therapy (LLLT):
Who should not have cold laser therapy:
LLLT is a very safe and painless therapeutic technique. LLLT should not be used over active cancerous lesions unless recommended by an oncologist for relief of pain in late stage cancer. Other regions to be avoided include over the developing fetus in pregnant females or directly over the eyes.
"The results suggest that LLLT (Low Level Laser Therapy = Cold Laser) can be considered as a useful method for the treatment of TMD (temporomandibular disorder)-related pain, especially long lasting pain."
-Photomed Laser Surg. 2007 Aug;25(4):297-303.