Cold Laser Therapy
A Non-Invasive Therapeutic Device
Do You Suffer From:
acute & chronic pain?
What is Laser or Light Therapy?
Low level laser & LED Therapy is the use of specific wavelengths of light (red and near infared) to create therapeutic effects. These effects include improved healing time, pain reduction, increased circulation, and decreased swelling. The light may be provided by a low power laser or an LED (light emitting diode). Laser emits energy in the form of photons; these particles of energy are absorbed by cells and tissue resulting in conversion of light into biochemical energy. Multiple physiological responses are thereby initiated and normal cell function is restored. This process is curative and eliminates symptoms (i.e. pain, edema, etc).
What is the History?
The effects of red light on cellular function have been known since 1880, however the clinical benefits were only discovered by accident during laser safety tests 1967. The first low-power lasers suitable for treating pain became available commercially in the late 1970s and ever since then, laser therapy has been widely utilized in Europe by physical therapists, nurses, and doctors. Now, after FDA approval in 2002, laser therapy is quickly gaining popularity in the USA.
Injuries treated with laser therapy heal faster
Laser therapy improves blood flow & lymphatic drainage
It is an effective means of relief for many pain syndromes
It can improve immune response
Applications of Laser Therapy:
SOFT TISSUE INJURIES
Tendinopathies Sprains, Strains
Back & Neck Pain Repetitive Strain Injuries
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Chondromalacia Patellae
Myofascial Trigger Points Plantar Fascitis
Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow)
DENERATIVE JOINT CONDITIONS
Rheumatoid Arthritis Osteoarthritis
Herpes Zoster (Shingles) Trigeminal Neuralgia
Post-traumatic Injury Diabetic Neuropathy
CHRONIC NON-HEALING WOUNDS
Venous Ulcers Diabetic-Foot Ulcers
Amputee Stumps Burns
Frequently Asked Questions:
Does it hurt? What does treatment feel like?
There is little or no sensation during treatment. Occasionally one feels a mild, soothing warmth or tingling.
Are there any side effects or associated risks?
During more than twenty years of use by healthcare providers all over the world, very few side effects have ever been reported. If a patient is allergic to light, they may get a rash or blister for a few days. Occasionally some old injuries or pain syndromes may feel aggravated for a few days, as the healing response is more active after treatment.
How long does each treatment take?
The typical treatment duration lasts 10-15 minutes depending on the size of the area being treated and condition.
How often should a patient be treated?
Acute conditions may be treated daily, particulary if they are accompanied by significant pain. More chronic problems respond better when treatments are received 2 to 3 times per week tapering to once a week or once every other week, with improvement.
How many treatments does it take?
This depends on the nature of the condition being treated. For some acute conditions, 1 – 6 treatments may be sufficient. Those of a more chronic nature may require 10 – 15 (or more) treatments. Conditions such as severe arthritis may require ongoing periodic care to control pain.
How long before the results are felt?
You may feel improvement in your condition (usually pain reduction) after the very first treatment. Sometimes you will not feel improvement for a number of treatments. This does not mean that nothing is happening. Each treatment is cumulative and results are often not felt until after 3 or 4 sessions.
Can it be used in conjunction with other forms of treatment?
Yes. LaserTherapy is often used with other forms of therapy including physical therapy, chiropractic adjustments, massage, soft tissue mobilization, electrotherapy, and following surgery. Other healing modalities are complementary and can be used with lasers to increase the effectivness of the treatment.
Please contact our office at (858) 551-1005 to learn more about how you can benefit from Cold Laser Therapy, and also for pricing information.