What’s cold laser therapy?
Cold laser therapy is low-intensity laser therapy that stimulates healing while using low levels of light. The main uses for cold laser therapy are tissue repair and relief from pain and inflammation.
The technique is called “cold” laser therapy because the low levels of light aren’t enough to heat your body’s tissue. The level of light is low when compared to other forms, such as those used to destroy tumors and coagulate tissue. Cold laser does not heat the tissue
How does cold laser therapy work?
During this procedure, different wavelengths and outputs of low-level light are applied directly to a targeted area. The body tissue then absorbs the light. The red and near-infrared light cause a reaction, and the damaged cells respond with a physiological reaction that promotes regeneration.
Superficial tissue is commonly treated with wavelengths between 600 and 700 nanometers (nm). For deeper penetration, wavelengths between 780 and 950 nm are used.
Although you’ll feel the laser device touching your skin, the procedure is painless and noninvasive. There will be no sound and you’ll feel no vibration or heat. Each treatment typically takes only a few minutes. It approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for a number of conditions.
Minor injuries and sprains
Cold laser therapy treats:
- ligament sprains & muscle strains
- tennis/golfers elbow
- neck pain
- lower back pain
- knee pain
- pain associated with muscle spasms
It’s also used to help reduce swelling and promote healing of the joints and soft tissue.
Cold laser therapy may take a few visits to start feeling the full effects. Cold laser cannot be used on children, during pregnancy and those with cancer. Eye protection will be provided and must be worn at all times during treatment.
Cold laser is not covered by insurance.