The term cold laser refers to the use of low-intensity or low levels of laser light. Laser therapy can reduce pain and inflammation and promotes wound healing. These lasers are used directly on or over the affected area. New research is being produced daily and the results are encouraging. Cold laser threapy is certainly emerging as a valuable, safe and effective adjunct to non-surgical musculoskeletal care.
Cold lasers can also used for acupuncture, with laser beams to stimulate the body’s acupoints rather than needles. This treatment regimen appeals to those who want acupuncture but who fear the pain of needles. Despite claims to the contrary, scientific evidence does not appear to support claims that cold laser acupuncture is an effective method of helping people stop smoking. (For a truly excellent approach to smoking cessation, visit www.whyquit.com )
Well-controlled scientific studies are rapidly accumulating using low level laser devices for pain, wounds, injuries, and other conditions. This method should not be confused with conventional laser surgery, which is used as a surgical treatment for some cancers. Such hot lasers may be used to shrink or destroy tumors on the skin or on the surfaces of internal organs and are sometimes used to remove colon polyps or tumors. Cold laser therapy produces no or little warmth and has minimal side effects.
In our office, we are using cold laser therapy as a treatment for tendonitis, tendonosis, rotator cuff syndromes, frozen shoulder, pain relief from active fractures, neck pain, back pain, bursitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, cold sores, speeding open wound healing. We are seeing excellent results with many of these conditions. It appears that the sooner cold laser is applied following the injury, the better the chance for a good outcome. Perhaps you have a condition for which you’d like to try cold laser therapy?
Dr. Brett Kinsler uses cold laser therapy or low level laser therapy (LLLT) in his chiropractic practice in Rochester, NY. Visit his website at www.RochesterChiro.com