A “cold laser” might sound like a contradiction in terms. Lasers heat things up, right? Actually, the more specific term is Low Level Laser Therapy. It’s called “cold” because the frequency of light used is shifted towards the ultraviolet, with no thermal (infrared) energy being released. The frequency is chosen because it can penetrate two to five centimeters below the skin.
What it then does is introduce light energy into cells, which helps reduce pain and inflammation, and increase the cell’s metabolism, thus speeding healing. It has been in regular use since 1967, and a multitude of studies show that cold laser therapy is effective for pain relief. It is generally used to relieve pain from arthritis, fibromyalgia, tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome and other spine and joint pain. Generally, cold laser therapy is effective for mild pain – it is not used for extreme pain that interferes with daily activity. However, it has no side effects.
It does take a few treatments – sometimes up to 30 – to get full relief, and it is not always covered by insurance, but it can still be highly effective, especially in combination with other therapies, such as massage.
You can get cold laser therapy from a doctor or a Stockbridge Georgia chiropractic clinic or other alternative provider. It may be prescribed in conjunction with chiropractic adjustment, electrical muscle stimulation, TENS, and with ergonomics and exercises to help speed recovery.
If you have low grade but annoying pain in your back, neck or joints, it might be worth asking a chiropractor about cold laser therapy. As there are no side effects, it is often worth trying a couple of treatments, as the worst case scenario is that it does not work. Make sure that you are provided with, and wear, protective goggles. A chiropractor or alternative health care provider who offers cold laser therapy can offer you additional information.