One way to reduce inflammation and speed up healing is by using Cold Laser Therapy. Cold laser therapy is low-intensity laser therapy (LLT) that uses low levels of light to speed up healing. Unlike surgical or aesthetic lasers it does not cause your tissues to heat up or burn, although some people do experience a warm sensation.
What is Cold Laser Therapy?
First, let’s start off with a brief explanation about Cold Laser therapy. 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. During a Cold Laser Therapy appointment, we place the laser 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.
We often use Cold Laser Therapy to treat inflammation caused by arthritis and other chronic autoimmune diseases, it is also used for the treatment of acute injuries. “The use of low levels of visible or near-infrared (NIR) light for reducing pain, inflammation and edema, promoting healing of wounds, deeper tissues and nerves, and preventing tissue damage has been known for almost forty years since the invention of lasers.” (https://medxlasers.com/laser-therapy/) Unlike cortisone injections or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory pills that work to suppress inflammation, cold laser-therapy works to stimulate cell production in the body. This cell production reduces inflammation, pain and swelling.
So, how does it do that?
The infrared light travels through the tissue to stimulate cells through a natural metabolic reaction. This reaction allows cells to repair and regenerate which can reduce inflammation and speed up the healing process.
As a modality Dr. Stacey uses Cold Laser therapy with chiropractic care. She has seen how it is a great addition because it can help reduce acute pain in a non-invasive manner. At times pain can be so severe that manual movement can be stressful on the person receiving care. Patients often tell us how relaxing it is to get a laser therapy treatment. Additionally, the use of LLT can help warm up certain areas, preparing the body for treatments like adjustments or ART.
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