Cold Laser Therapy
Cold Laser Therapy also called “cold laser” or “low-level laser therapy” (LLLT) is the application of red and near-infrared light over injuries to improve soft tissue healing, reduce inflammation and most importantly, relieve pain. Laser therapy has been successfully used all over the world in a clinical setting for the last 25 years.
It is a highly effective treatment for acute soft tissue injuries, and chronic pain syndromes and has also shown to be particularly helpful in stubborn, persistent, and “difficult-to-treat” conditions.
For many years, Cold Laser Therapy has been used on sports injuries, arthritic joints, nerve pain syndromes, as well as back and neck pain and disc injuries.
Benefits of Cold Laser Therapy:
- Increased speed, quality and strength of tissue repair
- Pain relief
- Resolve inflammation
Conditions that may benefit from Cold Laser Therapy
The following conditions can be successfully managed with cold laser therapy:
- Soft tissue injuries e.g. sprains/strains
- Chronic pain syndromes e.g. RSI, frozen shoulder, chronic neck and low back pain
- Nerve pain (Neuropathic pain) e.g. from disc injuries
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Tennis elbow/Golfer’s elbow
- Plantar fasciitis
- Sports injuries
- Knee joint injuries e.g. – ligament sprains
- Ankle sprains
How does Cold Laser Therapy work?
Simply put, Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) causes tissues to heal faster.
Specifically, LLLT works at the cellular level. Humans use a natural chemical known as ATP (adenosine triphosphate), to run the body and heal tissue. All of our body’s activities result from the use of ATP, so it’s like fuel to a car.
LLLT stimulates a microstructure within the cells called the mitochondria to produce slightly higher amounts of ATP (fuel for our cells). Thus, with more ATP at the cellular level, tissues heal faster, and therefore relief comes quicker.
Safety of Cold Laser Therapy
LLLT therapy is not harmful. Low-level lasers operate at very low levels of power and unlike high-power lasers have insufficient strength to heat or damage human tissue. Hence, they are completely safe for people of all ages.
Contraindications for the use of Cold Laser are having a pacemaker, epilepsy, pregnancy, fever and known active cancer.
How many treatments will I need?
Research studies suggest the benefits of LLLT are accumulative – it may take several treatments for the results to become evident. The total number of treatments needed depends upon the condition being treated, its severity and each patient’s individual response.
How does laser light differ from “natural” light?
‘Natural’ light (including sunlight, common light bulbs, and LEDs) emits incoherent light, in almost all directions, over a wide spectrum of wavelengths.
Laser light is made up of coherent light waves that are parallel (travel in almost the same direction) so as to produce a small, concentrated beam of light. Laser light is monochromatic, meaning a laser emits light at one or more specific wavelengths rather than a wide range of wavelengths.
Different wavelengths of light have different biological effects. Low-level lasers emit wavelengths of light in the visible red to the near-infrared range which penetrate deep into the tissues.
Are there any side effects?
There have been no reports of significant or long-term side effects. Since the therapy uses light waves and not heat, there is little concern over harmful side effects.
In fact, over 1500 published studies have shown that when used correctly, low-intensity lasers are a safe, non-toxic and non-invasive therapy, free from negative side effects.
Making an Appointment
Cold Laser Therapy is available with or without chiropractic treatment depending on your condition. If you are not an existing chiropractic patient you will need to book an initial appointment with our chiropractor. Follow-up appointments usually, take 15 minutes. Private Health fund rebates may be available on the initial visit but are not available for ongoing cold laser-only treatments unless used in conjunction with regular chiropractic care.