LLLT (Cold Laser) for Pain & Inflammation
Dr. James Handy continues to utilize Low Level-Cold Laser therapy in his Chiropractic practice. Those conditions and cases where the added penetration and power of the Class IV laser is inappropriate, the Doctor may opt to use LLLT to treat. This FDA approved therapeutic modality allows accelerated recovery and addresses many traditionally difficult conditions to treat.
What is - Low Level Laser Therapy?
Unlike high power lasers that have the potential to burn tissue, low energy lasers affect the cellular energy of the underlying tissue. Cold (or) Low Level Lasers do not have a thermal effect on tissue
Low Level Laser Therapy refers to the modality of applying a "low" energy or "low level" laser to tissue that stimulates cellular processes and thereby enhancing biochemical reactions. For example, studies show that LLLT increases ATP production in the mitochondria of the cell. Since more energy is now available, the cell may utilize this fuel to function or operate more efficiently.
How does it work?
Many theories exist as to the mechanism of action for Low Level Laser Therapy but simply put, photonic energy is absorbed by the photo receptor sites on the cell membrane which trigger a secondary messenger to initiate a cascade of intracellular signals that initiate, inhibit or accelerate biological processes such as wound healing, inflammation, or pain management.
What conditions can be treated?
Low Level Laser Therapy has been successfully used to treat many conditions such as:
- Acute and chronic pain reduction
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Soft tissue strains and sprains
- Inflammation reduction
- Enhanced tissue wound healing
- and cell regeneration.
Are there any side effects?
There are over 1500 published studies and not one of them mentions any negative side effects of semi-conductor diode lasers at the 5mW range. Low Level Lasers are safe, non-toxic and non-invasive; there has not been a recorded side effect in over 1700 publications. There are some necessary common sense precautions that need to be considered, such as avoiding pointing the laser beam directly into the eye and maintaining it there, which could prove to be damaging to the eye.
How long are the treatments?
Treatments can vary in time from seconds to minutes depending on the condition. Research studies show that there may be a dose dependent response, so it may be more effective to treat at lower doses at multiple intervals then to treat a single time with a high dose.
The Cold Laser, or Low Level Laser Therapy, can be used for: Inflammatory conditions such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Epicondylitis, Plantar Fascitis, and Bursitis with excellent results. Other conditions which benefit include:
- Fibro-myalgia, Myofscial pain, neck pain, thoracic pain, and low back pain.
- Connective tissue disorders such as sprains, strains and tendonitis.
- Osteoarthritis of extremities and spine
- TMJ disorders, and ligament injuries.
- Muscle injury or disorders such as muscle bruises, contusions, and muscle shortening contractures like frozen shoulders.
- Neurological injury or disorders such as prolapsed disc, ruptured or herniated discs, crush injuries and neuritis.
Results from Cold Laser therapy come from the ability to "bio-stimulate" tissue growth and repair. This results in accelerated healing and dramatic decrease in pain, and inflammation. Unlike all other treatment modalities, laser therapy actually "heals" tissue as well as providing a powerful non-addictive form of pain management.
Is Low-Level Laser Therapy for You?
Find out if LLLT (Cold Laser) can help you in your journey to wellness.
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