How Does Cold Laser Therapy Work?
Cold Laser Therapy or Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) is a treatment that utilizes specific wavelengths of light to interact with tissue and help accelerate the healing process. The laser is placed over an injured area for a predetermined time, depending on the injury and specific area being treated. Once placed over the designated area, non-thermal protons of light are emitted from the laser, and they pass through the skin layers (the dermis, epidermis, and the subcutaneous tissue or fat under the skin). Once the light energy passes through the layers of skin it initiates cell regrowth and repair in muscles, ligaments, cartilage (including disc material) and nerves. Further research has suggested that Cold Laser Therapy can help to stimulate heal and repair damaged brain tissue, as well as to stimulate different lobes of the brain to initiate better brain balance. Cold laser therapy can be beneficial in treating conditions such as:
- Traumatic brain injury, concussion and stroke
- Cognitive impairment, dementia and Alzheimer’s
- Shoulder, Hip, Knee, Elbow, Wrist Pain
- Disorders of development, learning and behavior (including ADHD and autism)
- PTSD and SAD
- Neurodegenerative diseases (i.e. Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, etc.)
- Neck Pain
- Back Pain
- Head and face pain
- Pain syndromes requiring opiate or other pain medication interventions
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Arthritis Pain
- Plantar Fasciitis
How Long is a Cold Laser Therapy Session?
Cold Laser Therapy Sessions can range from 5-45 minutes, with the average session typically lasting 15 minutes. Because Cold Laser Therapy works on a dose accumulation in the cells being treated, a trial course of 12 sessions is recommended in order to determine the effectiveness of the Cold Laser Therapy, as well as to receive the maximum benefit from your treatments. In addition, for accelerated healing, Cold Laser Therapy can be used in conjunction with other therapies used in the office, as well as with your regular chiropractic adjustments.