Cold Laser Therapy uses light to stimulate the body’s cells and cause them to accelerate the healing process. Also called Low Level Laser Therapy, this form of treatment has been used successfully since 1967.
But what does that mean to you? The Chiropractors at Breath Health Center and Services in Berkeley CA often use a cold laser to aid in healing. This wand-like device emits a light at a specific wavelength and frequency to affect cells, but it does not feel warm to the touch. When cells are exposed to this laser light, cell functions are stimulated, improving the immune system function, increasing collagen synthesis and enhancing tissue regeneration.
In chiropractic practice, cold laser therapy has been shown to be effective in treating inflammatory conditions such as arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome and bursitis. The use of laser therapy also accelerates the healing of connective tissue disorders such as sprains, strains and tendonitis. It has also proven effective in reducing or managing chronic or acute pain in the neck and back. Lasers have also been used to treat muscle injuries or bruises, as well as neurological injuries such as herniated or ruptured discs. Chiropractors also use laser therapy to increase the patient’s range of motion, and increase the strength of damaged muscle tissue.
The benefits of cold laser therapy over drugs or surgery are obvious; it is a safe, pain and drug free treatment that is non-invasive and has no known side effects. Using cold laser therapy has cut rehabilitation time in half for many patients. It can be used immediately after the injury happens, and results are quickly perceived by patients.