Were you recently injured in a car accident or while playing sports? Perhaps you struggle with chronic pain caused by an underlying health issue. Either way, your body may need a healing boost to enjoy the pain relief you seek. That’s where cold laser therapy comes in. This treatment can be used alone or alongside chiropractic care, physical therapy, and functional medicine to achieve effective results.
What is Cold Laser Therapy?
Orthopedic medicine has incorporated hot and cold laser therapies for several decades now. Both techniques became FDA-approved in the early 2000s. Cold laser therapy, in particular, uses laser light with wavelengths between 780 and 950 nanometers to reach tissue and muscles below the skin. These frequencies are lower than those used in hot laser therapy, ensuring painless, non-invasive treatment. Other names for cold laser therapy include low-level light therapy and low-power laser therapy.
What Does Cold Laser Therapy Treat?
Treatment involves applying different wavelengths of low-level light directly to the skin. The targeted areas within the body store energy from the red and near-infrared light waves to promote a healing process that regenerates damaged cells. This process is beneficial for treating numerous acute and chronic ailments, including:
- Muscle spasms
- Strains and sprains
- Knee, elbow, and shoulder pain
- Neck pain and stiffness
- Back pain
- Arthritis joint pain
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
Who is a Good Candidate for Cold Laser Therapy?
If you are highly sensitive to or nervous about receiving acupuncture or dry needling treatment, cold laser therapy could be a good alternative. The low-level light pulses stimulate pain and trigger points the same way needles do but without piercing your skin.
Because cold laser therapy is mild, painless, and non-invasive, most people are good candidates. The best way to find out for sure is to meet with a provider for a free consultation. Still, if you have persistent muscle aches or joint pain and are generally in good health, you are probably eligible for treatment.
What to Expect from a Cold Laser Treatment Session
Cold laser therapy is a safe procedure when performed by a qualified practitioner. During your appointment, you sit or lie down comfortably. The laser technician marks the treatment sites on your skin and delivers a controlled dose of low-level light directly to these areas using a handheld device.
Treatment is quick, easy, and painless—there’s no sound, vibration, or heat to make you uncomfortable. After a few minutes of treatment, you can return to your normal activities with no recovery time. Be aware that you may need multiple sessions to enjoy the full effects of cold laser therapy.
Create a Customized Cold Laser Therapy Treatment Plan
At Effective Integrative Healthcare, we’re trained to offer laser treatment alone or alongside complementary therapies for effective pain relief and long-term healing. To learn more, please contact our Crofton and Millersville, MD office to schedule your free consultation. We’ll evaluate your needs and offer the best care for your situation.