Brrrrr: All About Cold Laser Therapy

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We’ve all heard the benefits of using heat or ice when dealing with specific aches and pains. Cold Laser Therapy or Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) takes it one step further. CLT utilizes specific wavelengths of light to interact with tissue and is thought to help accelerate the healing process. It can be used on patients who suffer from a variety of acute and chronic conditions in order to help eliminate pain, swelling, reduce spasms and increase functionality.

According to ColdLasers.org, the cold laser is “a handheld device used by the clinician and is often the size of a flashlight. The laser is placed directly over the injured area for 30 seconds to several minutes, depending on the size of the area being treated and the dose provided by the cold laser unit.”

While undergoing a session, the light does some amazing things,according to spine-health.com: 

During this time, the non-thermal photons of light that are emitted from the laser pass through the skin’s layers (the dermis, epidermis, and the subcutaneous tissue or tissue fat under the skin).

When cells absorb this light energy, it initiates a series of events in the cell that is theorized to eventually result in normalizing damaged or injured tissue, a reduction in pain, inflammation, edema and an overall reduction in healing time by increasing intracellular metabolis.

Muscle Stimulation

According to ColdLasers.com, “Cold laser therapy can stimulate all cell types including muscle, ligament, cartilage and nerves so a number of conditions can be treated by cold laser therapy.” Some of conditions that may typically be treated by cold laser therapy include:

  • Arthritis pain
  • Back pain
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Knee pain
  • Neck pain
  • Tendonitis

Yes, But is it Effective?

Physicians have been using cold laser therapy on patients who are seeking effective, alternative methods for pain relief. The effectiveness of cold laser therapy for neck pain was recently reviewed by The Bone and Joint Decade 2000-2010 Task Force on Neck Pain, an initiative conducted by a multidisciplinary team of researchers and clinicians. The task force concluded that “low-level laser therapy can be a beneficial treatment for certain types of neck pain, including types of pain that cause little or no interference with daily activities.”

One thing that may increase your daily activities is a visit to The Joint at Houston Cypress, which includes a professional, efficient staff dedicated to getting to the heart of your aches and pains. 

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