A Primer on Cold Laser Treatment
Cold lasers can be used used by clinicians to target trigger points, tissue, and bone with red light photons (infrared) to encourage faster and more complete healing to injuries. However, low-level cold laser application can also reduce or eliminate pain. In fact, the sophisticated cold laser devices we use now can be incredibly useful for treating a wide variety of conditions.
Uses for Cold Laser Application
- Pain reduction, both acute and chronic – wide variety of types
- Sprains of ligaments and moderate to severe muscle strains
- Numerous types of injuries to soft tissue
- Tendonitis, Arthritis, Bursitis, and even Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Neuromuscular force imbalances of the Dentomandibular Complex
When and why does cold laser application make sense?
Cold laser application also provides a compelling solution for eliminating pain where normally the prescribed solution would involve medications that mask symptoms and produce only temporary relief. Pain medications are often narcotic and too frequently addictive. Medications can also leave the user in a drug-induced state, decreasing their efficiency, productivity, mental alertness and comfort. It isn’t hard to understand why patients would want to avoid constant drug use for pain, and with cold laser pain relief can be achieved naturally. Thousands of studies have been conducted to validate the efficacy and effectiveness of cold laser application.
Cold Laser Benefits
- Application of cold laser is safe and simple
- Non-toxic — it does not hurt and there are no prevalent side effects
Physically non-intrusive – reduces need for surgical procedures
- Cheaper — surgeries and long-term medication use are expensive options
- Highly effective treatment (over 90% of patients who receive cold laser experience improvement)
- In conjunction with other physical medicine modalities like massage, electrical stim, ultrasound, etc., cold laser application is even more effective.
Effects of Cold Laser on the Body
- Laser photons rapidly increase cellular reproduction and growth
- Using photons promotes increases in certain types of enzymes; increases oxygen and nutrients to cells; strengthens production of Adenosine Tri-Phosphate (ATP), a primary food source for cells
- Rapid healing of damaged tissue through stronger fibroblast development and accelerated collagen synthesis
- Photons from the laser reduce swelling and inflammation, both in joints and muscles
- Blood flow increases to damaged and strained areas via temporary vasodilation
- Scar tissue and fibrous tissue formation is broken down
- Photon exposure promotes nerve cell reconnection and stimulation, and can even reduce numbness associated with nerve damage
- Acute and chronic pain are both reduced, and often eliminated
- Rehabilitation experienced tends to be long-term, as opposed to medication use
Is cold laser treatment right for you?
If you’ve tried other things and want to explore non-invasive options for long-term pain relief, call The Migraine Headache Relief Center of PA today and schedule a comprehensive diagnostic exam. We’ll not only be able to tell you if neuromuscular force problems are causing your pain, but also if cold laser makes sense for YOU!