Stimulating Low-Level Light Therapy
Cold laser therapy (also known as Low-Level Therapy) is a non-invasive procedure that utilizes wavelengths of light to interact with soft tissue. This treatment has been proven to accelerate the healing process of damaged tissues and relieve acute and chronic pain.
How Cold Laser Therapy Works
The goal of cold laser therapy is to apply low-level light energy, from red and infrared radiation, to damaged cells in order to facilitate healing and increase intracellular metabolism.
A cold laser is a handheld device that produces an impulse of light that is able to penetrate two to five centimeters below the skin. Unlike ultrasound therapy, the wavelengths do not increase thermal temperatures of what it contacts or create vibration, resulting in a painless treatment.
During a cold laser therapy session, the laser will be placed on the injured area for a period of time, depending on how large the area is and the recommended dose of therapy.
The light will pass through the patient’s skin and interact with the tissue below. The cells will absorb the light energy causing various physiological reactions. These reactions stimulate the regeneration of damaged tissue which leads to reduced pain, inflammation and spasms.
Depending on the patient’s condition and the body’s natural healing rate, they may require multiple sessions before feeling significant relief. The more chronic the condition, the greater the number of sessions that are needed.
Conditions Treated by Cold Lasers
Cold laser therapy can stimulate cells including muscle, ligament, and nerve cells. Therefore, a variety of acute and chronic conditions can be treated with cold laser therapy. Conditions that are often treated with cold laser therapy include:
- Inflammation or Swelling
- Carpal Tunnel
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Rheumatic Pain
Benefits of Cold Laser Therapy
The effects of cold laser therapy may not only achieve local relief but can affect the entire body. Cold laser therapy has proven to stimulate the following:
- Cell Growth
- Increased Vascular Activity
- Increased Metabolic Activity
- Release of Tight Muscles
- Fast Healing
Cold Laser Therapy at Gardner
Dr. Gardner believes in conservative noninvasive treatments that work. Cold laser therapy is an effective and natural treatment that has proven success with many of our patients.
At Gardner Chiropractic & Injury, we have the tools and techniques to treat our patients with a variety of conditions.
If you are interested in cold laser therapy, contact Gardner Chiropractic & Injury in Gainesville, FL to make an appointment.