Cold Laser Therapy
Cold Laser Therapy or Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) uses specific wavelengths of light to interact with tissue, in order to help accelerate the healing process. It can be used on patients who suffer from a variety of acute and chronic conditions, to help eliminate pain, swelling, reduce spasms and increase functionality.
How it works
It’s called Cold Laser because this type of therapy doesn’t heat tissue. It uses a low level laser combining a synchronous frequency of red LED light, infrared light, and infrared laser which passes through a static magnetic field. It is this specialised combination of light energy which optimises the healing response.
Cold Laser or Low Level Laser Therapy, improves the signalling within a cell. Cells are filled with ‘organ like’ specialised structures called organelles. One of these organelles called ‘mitochondria’ (which is in charge of a cells energy production) is believed to play a key roll in the healing response of cold laser.
Mitochondria are believed to have photo receptors (light receptors) which respond to light energy (photonic energy). Cold Laser Therapy improves cell communication between its membrane, nucleus and the mitochondria, which ultimately results in the mitochondria being able to produce more energy (Adenosine triphosphate or ATP), leading to better cell function, pain relief and healing.
It has also been reported that Cold Laser Therapy may also reduce pain by increasing the production of our feel-good chemicals called ‘endogenous opioids’ which occur naturally in the body, and reducing tissue swelling by stimulating the lymphatic system, as well as having anti-inflammatory effects.
Major breakthrough study on Chiropractic and Cold Laser Therapy on Neck Pain
A randomised clinical trial found remarkable resolution of neck pain as a result of the following treatments:
· 29% improvement in the group that received only Chiropractic care;
· 23% improvement in the group that received only Cold Laser Therapy;
· 59% improvement in the group that received the combined treatment of Chiropractic and Cold Laser Therapy. That’s DOUBLE the results for this group receiving treatment in the same time frame!
This research demonstrates our clinical belief that Cold Laser Therapy works beautifully with Chiropractic care. The goal of Chiropractic is to help a person function better by removing the accumulation of lifestyle stress around the spine and body, which can disturb the nervous system. Cold Laser Therapy works well with this process because it can help enhance nerve conduction, reduce inflammation and help the repair of tissues.