What is Cold Laser Therapy

Seattle chiropractic careCold Laser Therapy is a non-invasive, safe, and effective treatment modality where light is used to relieve pain, reduce inflammation, and promote wound healing and soft tissue repair. Our laser is the only multi-wave locked system, dual wave laser therapy system on the market. This means deeper penetration with small amounts of heat produced allowing faster healing with no known side effects. It has been cleared by the FDA since 2009. The primary biological action of laser results from stimulation of dormant cells in the mitochondria. This action causes vasodilatation (Blood flow) and the stimulation of DNA and RNA (Building blocks), resulting in increased ATP (energy) production (Healing of the cells from the inside). The increase of vasodilatation (blood flow) and improved micro circulation will increase the supply of cellular nutrition (bringing fresh nutrient blood to the area) promoting tissue repair and remodeling of the injured area (which means you heal faster). Significant reduction in edema (swelling due to excess fluid) also occurs.

Anti-Inflammatory: Laser Therapy has an anti-edema effect as it causes vasodilatation, but also because it activates the lymphatic drainage system which drains swollen areas. As a result, there is a reduction in swelling caused by bruising or inflammation.

Analgesic: Laser Therapy has a beneficial effect on nerve cells. It blocks pain transmitted by these cells to the brain which decreases nerve sensitivity. Also, due to the decreased inflammation, there is less edema and less pain. Another pain blocking mechanism involves the production of high levels of pain killing chemical (endorphins) from the brain and adrenal gland.

Accelerated Tissue Repair and Cell Growth: The lasers light penetrates deeply into tissue and accelerate cellular reproduction and growth. The laser light increases the energy available to the cell so that the cell can take on nutrients faster and get rid of waste products. As a result of exposure to laser light, damaged cells are repaired faster.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does laser therapy have over other forms of therapy?

It does not require the use of drugs or surgery, there are no known side effects, and it is quick and convenient. Studies have shown that it is equal to or more effective than other forms of physical therapy.

Does it hurt? What does the treatment feel like?

There is little or no sensation during treatment. There is no pain associated during laser application. Laser treatment is relaxing and some people even fall asleep. Depending on the wave length and frequencies used you may feel some small amount of heat in the area being treated.

How long does the treatment take?

The typical course of treatment is 10 to 15 minutes, depending on the size of the area being treated. Treatments are typically received 2 to 3 times a week. Treatment plans are determined on an individual basis.

How many treatments does it take?

This depends on the nature of the condition being treated. The typical treatment protocol is between 6 and 12 visits. Conditions such as severe arthritis may require ongoing periodic care to control pain.

How long before results are felt?

You may feel improvement in your condition (usually pain reduction) after the 1 to 3 treatments. For some more chronic conditions it may take up to 6 visits to feel the benefits of laser therapy. Not everyone responds to laser therapy and results cannot be guaranteed. Some patients may require mitochondrial supplementation to improved results.

Are the results long lasting?

Laser Therapy is about healing. It’s not about masking or covering up a condition. When you feel better from this therapy, it’s because you actually are better. Results have been found to be quite long lasting.

Can it be used in conjunction with other forms of treatment?

Yes, Laser Therapy is sometimes more effective when combined with other forms of therapy, including cryotherapy physical therapy, chiropractic, massage, soft tissue mobilization, electrotherapy, and following surgery.

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