Cold Laser Therapy
What is cold laser therapy?
Cold laser therapy is an application of red and near infrared light. The cold laser is very different from natural light. When natural light hits your skin it produces heat that can damage your skin. Cold laser therapy is a single, wavelength beam. It can be concentrated in a small area and penetrates the skin without heat, damage to your skin, or any known side effects. There are two types of medical lasers: high power and low power. High power lasers are used to cut through tissue while low-power lasers stimulate tissue repair and healing.
What does cold laser therapy do?
Cold laser therapy is applied over an injured area to improve soft tissue healing and relieve both chronic and acute pain. When red and near infrared light are focused in a “cold laser” and applied through the skin to an injured area, the bodies natural healing response is stimulated. In many cases, this produces faster healing than if the laser was not used. Since near infrared light waves penetrate the deepest of all the visible light waves, cold laser therapy optimizes the positive healing effects in the body, including:
- Increases blood supply
- Stimulates nerve function
- Reduces inflammation (swelling)
- Stimulates the immune system
- Relieves acute and chronic pain
- Develops collagen and muscle tissue
- Helps generate new and healthy cells and tissue
- Promotes faster wound healing and clot formation
- Increases the speed and strength of tissue repair
What are cold laser treatments like?
Non-heat producing or “cold” laser light energy directs energy into the body’s cells without injuring them. Most cold lasers look like a flashlight and emit a red beam of light. That beam of light is placed over the cause of your injury or strain for anywhere between 3 and 15 minutes. The laser does not produce any significant amount of heat and is painless. Most patients say they do not feel anything at all. A few have reported a slight “tingling” sensation. Cold laser therapy is a safe and effective method for decreasing pain and healing many conditions.
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