Cold Laser Therapy Here at Brechbill Chiropractic
Cold laser therapy, also called low level laser therapy or LLT, is a newer treatment used by a chiropractor to help relieve pain and promote tissue healing. Although not one of the traditional chiropractic treatments, it is gaining ground as its benefits have become more apparent. Here are the basics on cold laser therapy, courtesy of Brechbill Chiropractic, in Canton, Ohio.
Cold Laser Therapy
The term laser is an acronym for “light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation.” The radiation is electromagnetic, and unlike other kinds of lasers, it does not produce enough heat to damage tissue, thus the use of the word “cold.” A cold laser is a handheld device, usually about the size of a flashlight. The chiropractor places it over the treatment area and holds it in place for 30 seconds to a few minutes. The duration is dependent on the dose provided by the unit and the area being treated.
How Does Cold Laser Therapy Work?
A cold laser emits light that can pass through the skin. The body cells contain areas that are light sensitive, think of how plants respond to sunlight. Converting light energy is what allows a plant to grow. The theory behind cold laser therapy is that it increases intracellular metabolism, which helps to normalize damage or injured tissues and can relieve inflammation.
Conditions Treated by Cold Laser Therapy
Cold lasers can affect tissue and cells in skin, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and fascia. For that reason, they may be effective in treating a wide variety of medical conditions, including:
- Back, neck, and knee pain
- Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS)
Advantages of Cold Laser Therapy
Cold laser therapy is non-invasive. Treatment time is short and recovery time is minimal. One of the benefits of chiropractic treatment is that it does not include the use of medications, which many patients prefer. In the hands of a properly trained and experienced chiropractor, cold laser therapy does not have side effects.
Cold laser therapy is not a panacea for all ills. It usually takes a series of treatments. In some cases, an old injury may be temporarily aggravated by cold laser treatment, but these symptoms usually resolve within a few days. There is no research to support its use in women who are pregnant. Payment for the treatment is variable, depending on the insurance company.
If you suffer from a musculoskeletal condition that causes pain and/or disability, cold laser therapy in combination with other chiropractic treatments may be helpful. Please contact us at 330-422-8627 for an appointment. Located at 4336 Fulton Drive NW in Canton, we offer extended hours during the week, as well as Saturday hours by appointment.