Cold Laser Therapy Treatment – recently approved by the FDA – is a remarkably effective treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome and many other chronic musculoskeletal conditions. Jones Chiropractic is one of the few Chiropractic Clinics in the Madison area that uses Cold Laser Therapy. They have had great success in using this breakthrough approach to the treatment of chronic pain.
What Is a TRUE Laser?
The visionary physicists Albert Einstein and Satyendra Nath Bose predicted the possibility of a LASER in 1924. Contemporary physicists such as Arthur Schawlow and Charles Townes brought the LASER into the modern age. Both Dr. Schawlow and Dr. Towne received the Nobel Prize in Physics.
The term LASER is an acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. Lasers amplify and direct light into a focused, coherent beam. Laser light is spatially coherent – it is emitted in a narrow, low-divergence beam. The Dynatronics Laser meets all the scientifically defined attributes of a laser and is classified as a TRUE laser. The Dynatronics laser maintains this classification through a unique and patented process which produces the emission of coherent light, generated at a precise and stable frequency and in a focused direction.
What Is a Cold Laser?
Unlike high power lasers that use heat and destroy tissue, low-level, low-energy, "cold" lasers affect the cellular energy of the underlying tissue. Hot lasers have a thermal effect and have an output of 1 Megawatt (one million watts) or above. Cold or low-level lasers do not have a thermal effect on tissue. Lasers that stimulate biological function have an output below 10 milliwatts (one-hundredth of a watt).
What Is Cold Laser Therapy?
Cold Laser Therapy (CLT) is the application of a low-energy or low-level laser to tissue in order to stimulate cellular metabolism and enhance biochemical functioning. For example, studies show that CLT increases ATP production in the mitochondria of the cell. As more energy is now available, the cell utilizes this fuel to function more efficiently. Enhanced healing is one of the beneficial effects of CLT.
How Does Cold Laser Therapy Work?
Cold Laser Therapy has been shown to significantly accelerate and enhance the body's natural defenses and recuperative abilities following an injury. By reducing the duration of inflammation as well as enhancing specific repair and healing processes, Cold Laser Therapy has been proven to provide pain relief, reduce damage due to injury, and restore function. Cold Laser Therapy enables the body to achieve more rapid repair and recovery, with improved functional ability.
These results come from the ability of Cold Laser Therapy to "bio-stimulate" tissue growth and repair. This bio-stimulation results in accelerated healing and dramatic decreases in pain and inflammation. Cold Laser Therapy actually heals injured tissues as well. In addition, Cold Laser Therapy provides a powerful non-addictive form of pain management.
Spinal Decompression with Cold Laser Therapy is a highly effective method of treatment for herniated discs and other serious musculoskeletal disorders.
Cold Laser Therapy Treatment
Cold Laser Therapy may be used effectively for many conditions
- Inflammatory conditions
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Pain Management
- Myofascial Paiin
- Neck Pain
- Mid-back Pain
- Lower Back Pain
- Connective Tissue Disorders
- Tendon Ruptures
- Joint Injuries and Disorders
- TMJ Disorders
- Ligament Injuries
- Muscle Injuries or Disorders
- Muscle Ruptures
- Muscle Contractures such as Frozen Shoulder
- Neurological Injuries or Disorders
- Prolapsed Discs
- Herniated or Ruptured Discs
- Crush Injuries
Cold Laser Therapy has been used to successfully treat many conditions including acute and chronic pain reduction, repetitive stress disorders such as carpal tunnel syndrome and rotator cuff syndrome, soft tissue strains and sprains, inflammation reduction, enhanced wound healing, and cellular regeneration.
Are There Any Side Effects to Cold Laser Therapy?
There are over 1500 published studies on Cold Laser Therapy. No negative side effects have been reported during therapy with semi-conductor diode lasers such as the Dynatronics laser when used in the 5 milliwatt range. Cold Therapy Lasers are safe, non-toxic, and noninvasive.
Cold Laser Therapy Treatment Duration
Treatments can vary in length from seconds to minutes, depending on the condition. Research studies show there may be a dose-dependent response. Therefore, it may be more effective to treat at lower doses for multiple sessions than to treat a single time with a high dose.
Treatment plans may vary, depending on the condition. For example, an acute soft tissue injury or open wound may require multiple short treatments initially, followed by less frequent treatment sessions as the condition improves.