Cold laser therapy is an interesting and effective treatment that relies on the use of light to target different areas of the body. However, many people might become confused or concerned about the idea of a laser-based treatment, so let’s break down some of the more complicated areas of the science, and to advise how light can affect our bodies.
What is cold laser therapy?
Cold laser therapy uses low-intensity light to stimulate healing in targeted areas of the body. It can be used in conjunction with other treatments, such as acupuncture, to provide a holistic approach to treatment. It’s called “cold” laser therapy because the wavelengths of light used aren’t intense enough to heat up your body’s tissue. This is unlike other laser therapies, such as the ones designed to destroy tumors, in which the main purpose of the laser is to heat up and destroy cells.
So how does this work? Simply put, the laser is pointed at an area of the body, and different wavelengths of light are applied to it. The light from the laser is then absorbed by the body, and it causes a reaction in the cells. As many people know, light is made up of different wavelengths, and in this context, the reactions are caused by red and near-infrared wavelengths. Damaged cells react to this change, and the light causes cell regeneration.
What issues can be treated using cold laser therapy?
Cold laser therapy is actually used by a range of different medical professionals, including doctors, physical therapists, and dentists, and the primary purposes are to relieve pain and stimulate cell regeneration. It can also be used to reduce inflammation in the affected area of the body. The main issues that can be treated with cold laser therapy include:
- Neck and back pain
- Muscle sprains and strains
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
An effective way of managing these issues is to combine cold laser therapy with other treatments, such as acupuncture, massage therapy and chiropractic adjustments. These techniques all rely on the same basic principles of stimulating the body, but in different ways. Cold laser therapy can be a good alternative to acupuncture if a patient isn’t comfortable around needles, as it can be used to stimulate the same areas, but without penetrating the skin.
Is cold laser therapy dangerous?
This is probably one of the biggest areas of concern for patients when the idea of laser treatment is suggested, and the answer is no, it’s not dangerous at all. There are no known side effects of cold laser therapy, and it’s approved by the FDA.
Cold laser therapy is an effective treatment for managing a variety of minor pain and skin issues. Although the idea of using light as treatment might be confusing, light is the basis for most life on this planet, and so it’s no surprise our cells react in certain ways when subjected to this type of treatment. Cold laser therapy is part of our holistic approach to pain management, and shouldn’t be feared at any level.