Are you looking for a pain-free, non-invasive way to manage your back pain, neuropathy, or sciatica? Cold Laser Therapy might be just what the doctor ordered. Cold Laser Therapy has been used by doctors worldwide for more than twenty years, and studies show that it is an effective method for pain relief.
Cold laser therapy is a low-intensity laser therapy that uses low levels of light to stimulate healing. It is referred to as “cold” because the light does not heat the tissues like other forms of laser therapies like surgical and aesthetic lasers that are used to remove or destroy cells.
Cold laser therapy, sometimes known as “Class IIIb” laser therapy or photobiomodulation, is used to help reduce inflammation and pain and stimulate injured tissues to self-repair, all without needles or surgery. The therapy itself stimulates a process much like photosynthesis in plants. The laser, which is applied directly to the targeted area, emits light energy at various wavelengths. The red and near-infrared light passes through the skin and is absorbed by “light-sensitive” elements in the cells, stimulating the cells to produce adenosine triphosphate (ATP)- the body’s primary building block for energy. This process stimulates the damaged tissues, increases blood flow, and promotes cellular regeneration, resulting in healing and reduced pain and inflammation. There are lots of reasons to add cold laser therapy to your treatment plan. Read on for just a few of the benefits.
1) Studies show it is effective for long-term pain relief.
Over the years, double-blind studies have proven that cold laser therapy is extremely effective. So much so that professionals in a variety of medical fields use cold laser therapy to treat various conditions ranging from mild sprains and injuries to chronic conditions such as osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia. Some orthopedic surgeons use cold laser therapy to stimulate and speed the healing process following major joint repair or orthopedic surgery.
2) Cold Lasers can be used all over the body.
Cold lasers are used on nearly every part of the body, including joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and nerves, making them a valuable tool for treating acute and chronic conditions.
At Vitality Medical Group, we use cold laser therapy to help reduce pain and inflammation for all sorts of conditions, including:
- Degenerative Disc Disease
- Disc Herniations or Bulges
- Spinal Stenosis
- Peripheral Neuropathy
- Muscle Strains
- Ligament Sprains
- Swelling in the Joints such as the knee or shoulder
3) It’s painless.
Cold laser therapy is entirely painless. You might feel a slight tingling sensation during treatment, but it’s not uncomfortable and goes away as soon as the therapy ends. Most people feel nothing at all during the procedure and can immediately return to their daily activities. Cold laser therapy isn’t an instant fix, however, and it may take several treatments to experience complete relief. That said, each treatment is quick- less than ten minutes- and easy to fit into your day without too much disruption.
Pain does not have to be a way of life. There are non-surgical, painless treatments that exist that can provide significant relief of your symptoms and get you back to living your life again. If chronic pain has you feeling helpless and out of whack, contact our office and schedule your consultation today!