Cold Laser Therapy (aka. Low Level Laser Therapy), uses light energy at various wavelengths to treat many types of soft tissue, bone and joint injuries. The light energy promotes a photochemical reaction which increases cellular metabolism. This will expedite cell repair by creating more ATP and it stimulates the immune, lymphatic, nervous and circulatory system. The benefit that Cold Laser Therapy has is the depth that it can penetrate. Research has shown that Cold Laser can penetrate over 5 centimeters, which is more than 2 inches. This is perfect for getting into joint spaces of greater depth and deeper into fleshy tissue. Unlike with Ultrasound, the speckle field created allows for the tissue to effect the entire depth of penetration. This makes it very efficient and effective.
Cold Laser alone has shown to help reduce scar tissue, inflammation, adhesions, and pain. It also creates more cell activity to increase the speed of recovery in most cases. When used in addition to our PT treatments, we are giving our patients the best chance for full recovery. Cold Laser is just one of the many tools we use to stay up to date with innovative technology when it comes to patient care.
Some injuries that LLLT has been effective in treating are:
- Sprains (Ligament & tendon injuries)
- Muscle strains
- Wounds and abrasions
- Hematomas bruises
- Joint injuries
- Myofascial trigger points, pain points and deep-tissue acupuncture points
- Chronic & acute pain
- Bone Fractures
- Sports Injuries (Return to sport faster, professional athlete)