A multi-technique approach to care is Dr. Lynelle McSweeney’s calling card. At her holistic chiropractic office here in Reno, she uses a mix of tools and techniques to help patients feel better. One of them is cold laser therapy, an effective form of treatment that can be used for everything from pain management to fat loss treatments. If you’re wondering about cold laser therapy, including how it works and whether it’s a good option for you, here’s what to understand.
WHAT IS COLD LASER THERAPY?
Cold laser therapy uses low levels of light to stimulate therapy. While some lasers, like those used for surgery or aesthetics, heat the tissue, cold lasers don’t. Instead, different outputs and wavelengths of light are directly applied to a specific area so that the light can be absorbed, which causes a reaction to the damaged cells and promotes regeneration. It happens without you feeling anything at all — no heat or vibration. Plus, treatment times usually only last a few minutes.
WHERE DOES COLD LASER THERAPY WORK?
Cells throughout the body, including muscle, nerves, cartilage, ligaments, and fat, can all be stimulated by cold laser therapy, which means it a really versatile tool. It’s similar to the process of photosynthesis in plants. The light energy from cold laser therapy is absorbed and interacts with light-sensitive components in the body, stimulating cellular mitochondria to promote healing.
Since 1967, over 2,500 studies have been conducted on the safety and efficacy of cold laser therapy, and many recommend cold laser therapy as an effective and non-invasive technique for pain relief and other benefits.
These days, you’ll find it used in a variety of ways, including:
- Pain management: It’s can be used to minimize pain and boost healing times, making it effective for conditions like tendonitis, ligament injuries, muscle sprains and strains, etc.
- Chronic pain: For chronic neck and back pain, as well as pain in the shoulders, knees, and elbows, cold laser therapy offers much needed relief.
- Inflammation and autoimmune disorders: By addressing pain and repairing cells, cold laser therapy can help reduce inflammation in some autoimmune disorders. Symptoms and conditions vary in these conditions, but pain and inflammation is often a common side effect, and cold laser therapy can help.
- Skin conditions: The body’s largest organ also benefits from cold laser therapy, which offers relief from issues like rashes, psoriasis and eczema. Plus, it can help treat dermatitis and acne, relieve edema and swelling, and speed healing times.
- Fat loss: Cold laser therapy was originally used as an adjunct therapy to liposuction surgery, until researchers discovered the therapy alone was effective. Instead of destroying removing fat cells, cold laser therapy open pores in the cells so they can drain and shrink in size. That’s an important distinction, because the number of fat cells in the body doesn’t change with weight loss or weight gain. Rather, the cells themselves shrink or grow. By shrinking fat cells, the therapy preserves them for healthy bodily functions.
Patients in Dr. McSweeney’s practice are enjoying the many benefits of cold laser therapy. It’s a quick, painless path to feeling better, faster. Learn more about cold laser therapy by contacting us today. We’re happy to help!