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The Science Behind Cold Laser Therapy

Cold Laser Therapy For Chiropractic Use

What is Cold Laser Therapy?

Low-level laser therapy, also known as LLLT, does not produce heat, which is why it’s called cold laser therapy. It is used at some medical facilities, such as in certain chiropractic practices, as an alternative to surgery or medication. It is used to stimulate healing naturally with the use of a strong beam of focused light.

 How Does It Work?

Cold Laser Therapy improves circulation and speeds up tissue healing using a directional laser.

It uses visible light radiation with wavelengths between 400 to 760  nanometers to produce a small photochemical reaction in the cells. The cells will absorb the light energy and convert it into cell energy. This will reduce inflammation and promote the regeneration of damaged tissue.

This laser is not what is often used in other surgeries, as it is lower power. The laser penetrates the skin, although this causes no damage or pain to the patient. Instead, the cells absorb the light photons. This facilitates cellular processes in otherwise dormant cells and the treatment does not affect healthy cells.

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What Can I Expect From A Session Of Cold Laser Therapy?

The laser is a handheld device that the chiropractor will hold to the area of treatment. Because the laser is not hot like other medical lasers, you won’t feel anything other than the physical laser device against your skin and very mild warmth. You may also be asked to wear protective eyewear, as the laser can be damaging if pointed at the eyes. The session will only last about 15 minutes, although this can vary depending on the size of the area being treated. Multiple treatments may be needed.

What Is It Used On?

Cold laser therapy is used on any areas that are suffering from pain in the tissue, tendons, ligaments, nerves or muscles. Cold laser therapy is most commonly used to relieve:

  • Knee pain
  • Back pain
  • Inflammation
  • Sprains
  • Strains
  • Tendonitis
  • Arthritis 
  • Bursitis 
  • Sciatica
  • Rotator cuff injuries 
  • Shoulder injuries 
  • Repetitive motion injuries 
  • Golfer’s elbow and tennis elbow 
  • Achilles injuries
  • Foot and heel pain 
  • Sports injuries 
  • Herniated discs 
  • Bone fractures 
  • Soft tissue tears 
  • Post-surgical recovery 
  • Wound healing 
  • Hematoma
  • Post-concussion syndrome 
  • Whiplash

Cold Laser Therapy Is Available At Shephard Health

Anyone suffering from any of the above should call Shephard Health at our location in NW Calgary in Kensington. Our experienced staff can help you with all of your chiropractic needs. Cold laser treatment is just one of the many effective tools used at Shephard Health and our staff are available to discuss your concerns and goals for knee pain treatment or treatment of a number of other conditions. Call the office at 1-403-543-7499 to talk to a family chiropractor. For those who are seeking knee pain relief, back pain relief, or relief from any other injury without invasive surgery, cold laser therapy and other chiropractic services are a great alternative. Call the qualified and experienced chiropractors at Shephard Health so you can start living, working, and playing pain-free.

FAQ

Q: Is cold laser therapy safe?
A: Yes, cold laser therapy is completely safe. Since it is non-invasive and does not require medication, there are fewer side effects than medication or surgery. Cold laser therapy is also painless.

Q: How can I schedule a cold laser therapy treatment?
A: Call Shephard Health at 1-403-543-7499 or book your complimentary consultation here.

Q: Does cold laser therapy feel cold?
A: No. It is called “cold laser” because it does not have the same heat levels as other surgical laser procedures. Most patients feel nothing or just a slight warmth when undergoing a cold laser therapy treatment.

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