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Cold Laser Therapy

Cold Laser Therapy

What Is Cold Laser Therapy?

What is laser therapy? Laser therapy is a medical treatment that uses a strong beam of focused light. This light can be targeted at specific areas and tuned to specific wavelengths. The word LASER is an acronym for light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation. Cold laser therapy uses a laser that is set at a lower intensity of focused light. For soft tissue injury treatment, cold laser therapy targets injured areas with this low level to accelerate tissue repair and cell growth. As a result of exposure to this focused low-level laser light, the cells of injured tendons, ligaments, nerves, and muscles are repaired faster.

What To Expect With Cold Laser Therapy Treatments

During your visit at Shephard Health, you will consult with Dr. Shephard and his team. They will perform a complete health history and examination of the injury in question. They will come up with a specific and unique treatment plan to pursue to obtain the best and fastest results possible. In addition, Dr. Shephard will provide you with possible rehabilitation exercises, diet recommendations, other treatment modalities and at home practices for you to speed up your healing. During a Cold laser treatment at Shephard Health, you may feel nothing at all or the sensation of warmth at the targeted area. Patients with acute injuries may experience relief before they leave the clinic, with maximum benefits being experienced 6 - 8 hours after. Patients with chronic injuries may take up to four treatments before any difference is felt.

Accelerated healing is achieved by increasing the energy production of injured cells. Cold Laser Therapy increases the biochemical energy at the injured site and stimulates the following healing by:

  • increasing oxygenated blood supply to healing tissue
  • increasing collagen production that enhances the elasticity of tissue 
  • increasing regeneration of damaged muscle tissue 
  • accelerating bone injury repair 
  • increasing cartilage formation to return to healthy joint function 
  • increasing nerve regeneration reducing edema and inflammation

 

Cold Laser Therapy is the ideal therapy for you if you have pain or suffer from any of the following conditions listed:

  • Neck, upper back, and low back pain 
  • Arthritis 
  • Bursitis 
  • Sciatica
  • Rotator cuff injuries 
  • Shoulder injuries 
  • Repetitive motions injuries 
  • Hip and knee pain 
  • Golfers elbow and tennis elbow 
  • Sprains and strains
  • Achilles injuries
  • Foot and heel pain 
  • Sports injuries 
  • Herniated discs 
  • Bone fractures 
  • Soft tissue tears 
  • Nerve injury 
  • Post-surgical recovery 
  • Wound healing 
  • Hematoma 
  • Bruising 
  • Post-concussion syndrome 
  • Whiplash 

 

 

Consequences Of Injuries Left Untreated

Consequences Of Injuries Left Untreated

When an injury occurs, the body sets in motion many actions to protect it. These actions include pain, weakness, inflammation, decreased range of motion, and the creation of scar tissue. Often this process of protection can create a stalling of the healing process, thereby promoting a chronic condition. Cold laser therapy targets the
continuation of these actions that get in the way of healing. Cold laser therapy is a treatment that can potentially provide pain relief and injury repair for patients seeking treatment without the use of invasive surgery or drugs.

Our Solution

At Shephard Health, you will receive the most advanced laser technology available, along with Dr. Shephard’s over 20 years of experience and skill. Dr. Shephard researched and discovered a place for laser therapy in his practice over 20 years ago. Since then, he has treated thousands of patients successfully. With his skill and expertise, he has been able to help his patients ranging from those suffering from pain due to everyday activities to sports injuries suffered by elite professional athletes.

Frequently Asked Questions

No, the reason it is called Cold Laser therapy is because there is no heat associated with the treatment. However some patients may feel a little bit of warmth where the laser is applied, but the majority feel no sensation.

We recommend patients refrain from any additional intense activity that would involve the treated area for up to 24 hours. This ensures that the treated area has time to rest and start the healing recovery process.

Most insurance companies will cover this laser therapy treatment as long as it is provided by a registered practitioner of laser therapy.

Yes, with Cold Laser Therapy, there is no sensation of heat, vibration or oscillation. The amount of energy produced with this low level laser is set precisely for therapeutic benefits to the body’s targeted cells. Do not misinterpret this lack of sensation during treatment as the laser is actively working and continues to effect healing for up to 8 hours after treatment.

The laser uses a complex computer program, as well as low-intensity laser diodes, or ‘light plates,’ to treat injured tissue. Velcro straps hold the light plates of the laser in place on your body. The light source is placed in contact with the skin, allowing the photon (light) energy to penetrate the tissue. Here it interacts with various intracellular biomolecules to restore normal cell function and enhance the body’s healing processes.

Our laser system is operated by a certified kinesiologist who has undergone extensive training in the use of the Bioflex system.

If you suffer from any of the following acute or chronic conditions listed below, laser therapy may be the solution for you.

  • Bodily pain such as back and neck, wrist, foot, ankle, shoulder, and knee pain
  • Tennis elbow and golfer’s elbow
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Scar tissue
  • Muscular injuries
  • Joint pain
  • Ligament or tendon tears
  • Arthritis (rheumatoid and osteoarthritis)
  • Repetitive stress injury
  • Subluxations/post-dislocations
  • Inflammation of tendons, bursae, muscle, or fascia
  • Calcifications
  • Post-surgical scarring
  • Scar reduction

The number of treatment sessions will vary depending on your condition. However, the progress of laser therapy treatments are cumulative, and 5-12 treatments are typically required.

Manual therapy is recommended as a complementary therapy to laser therapy, as it can speed the healing process by breaking down adhesions, increasing muscle mobility and increased arterial and lymphatic circulation. ART and Graston Technique are the most effective manual therapy methods used in conjunction with laser therapy.

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