Recently, the number of chiropractors adopting cold laser therapy is increasing. The reason behind this is that patients experience faster healing and pain relief from the regular laser treatments in conjunction with other chiropractic therapies.
Cold laser therapy has been established to be effective in a several different conditions, such as knee pain, neck pain, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and treatment of misalignments in the spinal cord. As a result, cold laser technology has been highly sought by many advanced chiropractors throughout the world.
So, the big question here is how cold laser therapy is working so effectively and why chiropractors in particular are adopting this advanced healing technology. Explaining the foundation, technology, and biological changes behind laser therapy for chiropractic patients would help to shed light on its emerging popularity in the chiropractic community.
The effects of red light on cellular function have been known since 1880. However, it is in 1967 where its clinical benefits were accidentally discovered during a laser safety testing. In the late 1970’s, the first lasers for pain treatments were introduced and were widely used in the Europe. In 2002, it was approved by FDA, which saw it gain a lot of popularity with many chiropractors.
Also referred to as low level laser (LLL) therapy, this kind of therapy uses specific wavelengths of light (red and near infrared) to cause therapeutic effects such faster pain relief and healing, decreased swelling and inflammation and increased blood circulation.
During the procedure, a power laser is placed on or near your skin for a few minutes, where you feel no heat, no vibration and no sound. This power laser or LED, produces light which emits energy in form of protons. Protons are particles of energy that are absorbed by cells and tissues resulting to conversion of light to energy. They are capable of penetrating approximately 2 to 5 cm under your skin with a power of 90nw and 830nm.
Once body cells and tissues receive this energy, several physiological responses are stimulated and hence normal functioning of the body is restored. The interaction of the protons with body cells increases blood flow to the injured area, resulting to faster pain relief and repair.
Since cold laser therapy does not break the skin, which is the case with surgical lasers, the patient does not get scars from it. This becomes another reason as to why doctors are preferring it to surgical lasers. Whether the injury is deep in the skin or not, there is no any point a surgical incision will be done. Because of this, you do not need time to recover and so you can get it and still resume to your work immediately.
Cold laser therapy is also gaining popularity in the chiropractic community because the patient does not require any medications or other surgical intervention. No sedation is required before the procedure and no pain is felt during and after it, explaining why you do not need any medication.
Looking at the nature of the therapy, there are no side effects experienced after the procedure. It is painless, no medications which could bring complications to your body and that is why it is a safe procedure. Being in the hands of a qualified doctor, you can be sure to get a safe sold laser therapy with no complications later.
All these advantages have seen cold laser therapy gain its ground, making many patients prefer it to other conventional methods. Many patients are choosing it and so is an increasing number of chiropractors.
For more information about laser therapy in the chiropractic setting, visit:
Hamilton Chiropractic Offices
1313 Gilman St, Ste B
Berkeley, CA 94706
Phone: (510) 526-3362