What’s cold laser therapy?
Cold laser therapy is low-intensity laser therapy that stimulates healing while using low levels of light.
The technique is called “cold” laser therapy, because the low levels of light are not enough to heat the body’s tissue. The level of light is low when compared to other forms of laser therapy, such as those compared to destroy tumors and coagulate tissue.
Surgical and aesthetic lasers heat the tissue being treated. True to its name, cold laser therapy does not.
How does cold laser therapy work?
During this procedure, our Chandler chiropractor uses different wavelengths and outputs of low-level light are applied directly to a targeted area. The body tissue then absorbs the light. The red and near-infrared light cause a reaction, and then the damaged cells respond with a physiological reaction that promotes regeneration.
Although you’ll feel the laser device touching your skin, the procedure is painless and noninvasive. There will be no sound and you’ll feel no vibration or heat. Each treatment typically takes only a few minutes.
What’s cold laser therapy used for?
Doctors, dentists, and chiropractic practices often use cold laser therapy in the treatment of minor injuries and sprains, such as:
- Ligament sprains
- Muscle strains
- Tennis elbow
- Neck pain
- Lower back pain
- Knee pain
- Pain associated with muscle spasms
It is also used to help reduce swelling and promote healing of the joints and soft tissue.
Doctors use it to treat inflammation caused by rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and other chronic autoimmune diseases.
Aches and Pains
Pain clinics use cold laser therapy to help people with acute or chronic pain from conditions such as fibromyalgia and carpal tunnel syndrome.
Is cold laser therapy for you?
The use of cold laser therapy is growing in traditional chiropractic practice and as a complementary or alternative therapy. It is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for a number of conditions. Contact our Chandler chiropractor today to learn more!