Cold Laser Therapy or Low Level Light Therapy (LLLT) is a treatment that utilizes specific wavelengths of light to interact with tissues in the body. It is a technology that uses light energy as a healing modality and can help accelerate the healing process. It can be used on patients who suffer from a variety of acute and chronic conditions in order to help eliminate pain, improve wound healing, decrease inflammation, and increase functionality. LLLT has been extensively studied, producing a growing body of research supporting its efficacy in skeletal muscle repair, tendinopathy, arthritis, neck pain, chronic joint disorders, and traumatic brain injury, among other conditions.
Cold lasers are handheld devices used by the clinician and are often the size of a flashlight. The laser is placed directly over the injured area and the dose provided by the pre-programmed cold laser unit. During this time, the non-thermal (non-heating) photons of light that are emitted from the laser pass through the skins layers (the dermis, epidermis, and the subcutaneous tissue or tissue fat under the skin), and have beneficial effects on superficial as well as deep tissue layers.
Cold laser therapy (or LLLT) can stimulate all cell types including muscle, ligament, cartilage, nerves, etc., so a number of conditions can be treated by cold laser therapy. Some of conditions that are typically treated by cold laser therapy include:
- Arthritis pain
- Back pain
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Fibromyalgia pain
- Muscle pain and spasm
- Knee pain
- Neck pain
- Nonhealing wounds
Disclaimer: Please note that integrative treatments are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease and is not a substitute for medical care. Please consult an appropriate health care practitioner about any medical concerns that you have.