Laser Therapy

What Is Cold Laser Therapy?

Cold laser therapy is low-intensity laser therapy (LLT), or laser therapy that uses low levels of light or near-infrared light to stimulate cell production in the body. Unlike surgical or aesthetic lasers, it does not cause your tissues to heat up.

Cold laser therapy is sometimes called low-level laser therapy (LLLT), low-power laser therapy (LPLT), or soft laser. You may also hear it referred to as therapeutic laser, biostimulation, or photobiomodulation.

How Does Cold Laser Therapy Work? 

During a Cold Laser Therapy appointment, the laser which uses low-level light (LLL) is placed against the area that you are experiencing pain, swelling, tightness or inflammation. In our clinic we use both the tethered laser (small handheld laser) and the SLD clusters (small round laser ‘pods’). The tethered laser allows for a very directed and concentrated use of the LLL to a small treatment area, while the SLD clusters can be placed on a treatment area for treatment of a larger surface area. Dr. Stacey may even use both simultaneously targeting multiple areas at once. While  LLL is being applied to the area, the tissues are being stimulated to regenerate and produce cells. This production of cells and regeneration of cells leads to reduced inflammation, pain, swelling and increases the rate of healing. 

With LLT different wavelengths are adjusted to treat both superficial and deep tissue.This allows Dr. Stacey to adjust the wavelengths to each patient’s specific needs and allows her to use Cold Laser as a modality for different treatment needs and goals.

 

 

What Is Cold Laser Therapy Used For?

There are a number of different uses for Cold Laser therapy and it is used in many different fields of medicine. The most common use is for the treatment of pain and inflammation. In Chiropractic it is often used in combination with other treatment methods. 

In the treatment of Minor Injuries and Sprains it is used to help reduce swelling and promote healing of the joints and soft tissue. LLT can accelerate the healing of sports injuries and wounds, and carpal tunnel syndrome. Cold Laser Therapy is commonly used to treat inflammation. It stimulates the production of cells to combat inflammation, rather than other methods (cortisone injections or anti-inflammatory medications) that suppress inflammation. It is also used for the treatment of  chronic pain and tissue repair. When a lower frequency wavelength is used, Cold Laser Therapy can be used to heal superficial wounds.

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