Do you suffer from back pain? Cold laser therapy is a non-invasive procedure that is growing in popularity because it offers pain relief without the risks of surgery or the negative side effects of pain medication.
What is Cold Laser Therapy?
Cold lasers are much different than high frequency lasers that emit heat. Cold lasers emit no heat, sound, or vibration, and induce a reaction in the cells of the body that stimulates blood flow, increases the bodies natural healing ability, reduces inflammation, reduces spasms, increases functionality, and decreases pain.
How does Cold Laser Therapy Work?
Cold laser therapy is administered through a handheld device about the size of a flashlight. The laser is held directly over the affected area for anywhere from 30 seconds to several minutes depending on the condition of the patient and the dosage being given.
The light actually passes through the skin about two to five centimeters where it is absorbed and interacts with the light sensitive elements in the cell. This process is similar to photosynthesis in plants, and initiates a reaction in the cells that is believed to result in normalizing damaged tissue, reducing inflammation and edema, and accelerating healing time by increasing intracellular metabolism.
The results are not instantaneous, and it may take several sessions in order to fully experience pain relief. Some patients require two to four sessions per week, depending on the severity of their condition.
While this is a very low risk procedure, there are a few precautions:
1. Do not use over any suspicious cancerous lesions, or carcinoma.
2. Treatments should not be given over the thyroid.
3. Cold Laser treatment should not be administered to pregnant women.
4. Avoid direct irradiation of the eyes, as even a cold laser can cause permanent damage to the eyes.
If you dread both the uncertainty and high risk factors associated with more invasive back pain remedies such as back surgery, cold laser therapy is a safe, effective alternative. It is also a positive alternative to high dosages of pain medication, which have several negative side effects, including possible addiction.