Cold Laser Therapy
Cold Laser Therapy has been successfully used around the world for over 25 years with no reported (long-term or irreversible) side effects!
What is LLLT?
Low level laser therapy is a painless, non-invasive, drug-free treatment which is used to treat a variety of pain syndromes.
Cold Laser therapy can be used any time a patient requests or needs a drugless procedure for the control of pain when conventional therapies have been ineffective or when the acceleration of healing from injuries is desired. Around the world, laser therapy is rapidly becoming a medical therapy that can heal wounds and fractures up to 60% faster and also reduce the cost of treatment for many conditions. In the UK, LLLT has become the treatment of choice for soft tissue (whiplash) injuries and for the treatment of painful, post herpetic neuralgia (shingles pain).
How does laser light heal?
Healing with the use of light is not new. Light therapy was reported to be effective for many conditions by Hippocrates. With the development of the laser and it’s special properties, using light as a treatment has gained more popularity.
This is because we can now use specific wavelengths of light and give accurately measured doses of energy directly to the appropriate treatment site. This was not possible with other light sources. Low level lasers supply energy to the body in the form of non-thermal photons of light. Light is transmitted through the skin layers (the dermis, epidermis and the subcutaneous tissue or tissue fat under the skin) at all wavelengths in the visible range.
However, light waves in the near infrared ranges penetrate the deepest of all light waves in the visible spectrum. When low level laser light waves penetrate deeply into the skin, they optimize the immune responses of our blood. This has both anti-inflammatory and immunostimulant effects.
What should I expect during a Cold Laser Therapy treatment session?
For most people laser therapy is quite passive. There are no pulsating shocks felt as in forms of electronic stimulation, nor heat used as with ultrasounds. The most noticeable sensation is the touch of the probe head of the laser as it comes in contact with the skin.
Some patients (3-5% of those undergoing light therapy) have reported a slight tingling or tapping in a nerve or along a nerve pathway. Some have noted that they are able to sense a slight feeling of warmth. But for the most part, the treatment, which may last from 2 to 20 minutes, is not noticed at all.
Following (and even during) a laser therapy session, approximately 75-80% of patients being treated can notice an immediate improvement in their condition. This will depend primarily on the type of condition and the length of time the condition has been present.
Generally, the more chronic or severe the condition, the longer it takes to respond. The majority of conditions treated will take anywhere from 4-5 or 10-18 treatments. Once again, the number of treatments depends upon the severity of the condition and it’s duration. If your condition does not change immediately, it may take 3 to 4 sessions before a dramatic or marked change is perceived.