Cold Laser Therapy
Laser therapy has been successfully used around the world for over 25 years, with no reported long-term or irreversible side effects. Around the world, laser therapy is rapidly becoming a therapy that can heal injuries faster. In the U.K., LLLT has become the treatment of choice for "whiplash" injuries.
How Does Laser Light Heal?
Low level lasers supply energy to the body in the form of non-thermal photons of light. Light at the 830nm wavelength is transmitted deeply through the skin to optimize the immune responses of our blood. This has both anti-inflammatory and immunostimulative effects. This increases the oxygen and energy to every cell. The laser causes a photochemical reaction in the tissue that increases metabolism to speed up the cells repair and stimulate the immune, lymphatic and vascular systems.
What To Expect
For most people, laser therapy is quite passive. The most noticeable sensation is the touch of the probe head of the laser as it contacts the skin. The treatment lasts between 2-20 minutes depending on the problem. Following, and sometimes even during, a laser therapy session, 75-80% of patients being treated can notice an improvement in their condition. This will depend on the type of condition and how long it has been present. Generally, the more chronic or severe the condition, the longer it takes to respond. The majority of conditions treated will take 3-18 treatments.
What Does It Help?
Laser therapy provides the benefit of relieving pain, increasing the speed and strength of tissue repair, increasing blood suppy, stimulating the immune system, stimulating nerve function, healing muscle, reducing inflammation and even more. The device we use is the first ever device to be approved by the FDA for treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome. It has been effective in treating arthritis pain, back pain, neck pain, bursitis, fibromyalgia, plantar fascitis, injuries, tendonitis, tennis elbow, sprains/strains and swelling.
Virtually all professional athletic teams use cold laser to help improve their results.