Cold Laser Therapy

LASER Therapy is also known as photobiomodulation. It entails the use of specific wavelengths of light (red and near infrared) to generate a photochemical response in damaged or dysfunctional tissue.

The LASER works by creating an increase of vasodilatation (blood supply), bringing in oxygen to the cells. It stimulates the lymphatic system, pulling edema and inflammation from the area. ATP (Adenosine triphosphate) production is stimulated in the cells helping them have the energy to function normally. The pain reflex is broken, offering immediate relief of pain.

LASER therapy can alleviate pain, reduce inflammation and accelerate recovery from a wide range of acute and chronic clinical conditions. Significant reduction in edema (swelling) has been noted as well as tissues are better able to move fluids out through lymphatic drainage pathways.

Cleared by the FDA in 2003, Class IV LASER therapy has become the standard of care for many musculoskeletal injuries. Class IV LASERs can penetrate over 4 inches into the deep musculoskeletal tissue. The number of treatments required depends on the nature of the problem and the length of time the patient has been affected by it. Some conditions may be resolved with as few as one treatment. However, chronic and/or deep-seated conditions may take as many as 10 treatments.

LASER therapy technology has been recently endorsed by professional organizations such as the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), World Health Organization (WHO), and the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP). There are no known side effects from LASER therapy and the results are long-lasting.

LASER Therapy has been proven to be effective for a wide variety of conditions. Some of them include:

  • Soft Tissue Injuries
    • Tendinitis
    • Back and Neck Pain
    • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
    • Myofascical Trigger Points
    • Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow)
    • Sprains, Strains
    • Repetitive Strain Injuries
    • Chondromalacia Patellae
    • Plantar Fascitis
  • Degenerative Joint Conditions
    • Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)
    • Osteoarthritis (OA)
  • Neurogenic Pain
  • Herpes Zoster (Shingles)
  • Post-traumatic Injury
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Diabetic Neuropathy
  • Chronic Non-Healing Wounds
    • Diabetic Foot Ulcers
    • Burns

What is Low Level Laser therapy?

Cold laser therapy, otherwise known as Low-level laser therapy, uses light and photon energy to stimulate cellular metabolism. Cold laser therapy has been demonstrated effective in the treatment of a variety of painful and inflamed conditions of the soft tissues and joints such as carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis, back pain, sports injuries. Cold laser has the unique property of being able to penetrate up to two inches below the skin surface, causing an increase in cellular metabolism with no tissue damage whatsoever.

Is cold laser therapy painful?

No, the therapy is painless and totally non-invasive. There is just a deep, gentle warmth as your body’s cells respond to the light.

Is Low Level Therapy safe?

The FDA has proven that the therapy is safe. The only contraindication (warning) is for use directly in the eye.

Is the laser FDA approved?

Yes, the laser was first approved on Feb. 11, 2002 for the treatment & management of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

Does LASER therapy really work?

  • Yes, research has demonstrated that:
  • Injuries treated with LASER therapy heal faster
  • LASER Therapy has a strengthening effect on tissue repair
  • LASER Therapy improves blood flow & lymphatic drainage
  • It is an effective means of relief for many pain syndromes
  • It can improve immune response

How does the LASER treatment work?

Treatment for pain is performed by the physical therapist by placing the LASER in contact with the skin allowing the photon energy to penetrate tissue, where it interacts with various intracellular biomolecules resulting in the restoration of normal cell function. This enhances and essentially speeds the body’s natural healing processes.

The treatment process results in a disappearance of symptoms. Additionally, the immune system response is stimulated, lymphatic drainage is improved, production of growth hormone is increased, and the body’s natural healing processes are enhanced and essentially sped up.

What are the effects of LASER therapy?

Physiological Effects:

  • Biostimulation including improved metabolism & increased cell metabolism
  • Improved blood circulation and vasodilatation (blood supply)
  • Analgesic (pain relieving) effect
  • Anti-inflammatory and anti-edematous effects
  • Acceleration of tissue repair and wound healing
  • Relieves acute and chronic pains
  • Increases the speed, quality and tensile strength of tissue repair
  • Increases blood supply
  • Stimulates the immune system
  • Stimulates and improves nerve function
  • Develops collagen and muscle tissue
  • Helps generate new and healthy cells and tissue
  • Promotes faster wound healing and clot formation
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Angiogenesis (improved circulation)
  • Reduction in fibrous tissue (scar tissue) formation

Biochemical Effects:

  • Releases Nitric Oxide
  • Increase ATP Production
  • Increase Fibroblast Migration
  • Increase Macrophage Activity
  • Increase Keratinocyte Activity
  • Increase RNA DNA Synthesis
  • Increase Enzyme Production
  • Increase SOD Production

How long is each treatment?

Treatments last between 8 and 20 minutes depending on your injury and the body part being treated.

How many treatments are required before I see results?

You should notice improvements to your condition within 5 to 10 brief treatments.

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Heather is the best! I had issues with my hips and SI joints which were causing me terrible lower back pain and I was miserable! I lived for cortisone shots.

I was in so much pain the first time she saw me. I just wanted to be pain-free! I had gone to physical therapy in the past and it did nothing for me. The therapist would give me stim and heat and tell me to do some exercises and stretches. They would never put their hands on me to do any myofascial release.

With that said, I was hesitant to go again because I thought it would be a waste of my time. Boy, I am so glad I went!!! Heather has helped me tremendously!!! She is all hands on.

She assured me at my first visit that I would get better and to give it some time. She was right! Not only are my SI joints, lower back pain, and hips better, but there is a noticeable difference in my posture, my core is stronger, and I am much more balanced than I ever have been. I don’t have pain every day and am able to go weeks without therapy. I still have some work to do and will NEVER go to another therapist!

She is so knowledgeable and is continuously researching and learning new techniques. She has experience in myofascial release which is what I needed.

I haven't mentioned how friendly and accommodating she is when it comes to her patients. Her bedside manner is like no other! She treats her patients like family. I feel like I have known Heather forever and I’ve only known her for a short time.

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