Cold Laser Therapy (Class IV)
Our office utilizes one of the very best class IV cold lasers on the market today. Also known as low level laser therapy this special piece of equipment utilizes a specific laser wavelength to penetrate deep into the body’s tissue to create a cascade of healing events.
The specific result of this treatment is a reduction in pain, a reduction in inflammation and the acceleration of healing process. With important endorsements from groups such as the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) it is a very popular treatment method for many different conditions.
Some of the most common include
- Headache pain
- Plantar fasciitis
- Lateral and medical epicondylitis (or golfers elbow and tennis elbow)
- Sciatica (and other forms of neuritis)
- Trigeminal neuralgia
- Speeds up post-surgical healing
- Reduces scarring in the skin.
- Baker’s cyst in the knee
- Diabetic neuropathy
- Morton’s neuroma
- Plantar warts
- Toe nail fungus
The physiological process of how this piece of equipment works is called Photobiomodulation. Our machine is unique in that the laser sends out multiple beams of varying wavelengths, which most others do not. The wavelengths are between 810 nanometers to 980 nanometers allowing the light photons from the laser to penetrate deep into the body for maximum absorption of the laser photons. When absorbed into the cell this wavelength affects the mitochondria to produce an important product called adenosine tri-phosphate (ATP).
By stimulating this action the result will speed the healing and overall health of the tissue it is penetrating, whether it is nerves, intervertebral discs, muscles, tendons, ligaments, etc. Also, the laser forces the cells to release nitric oxide (NO) which is a vasodilator. This specific action will increase blood flow therefore bringing oxygen, sugars, salts and other vital nutrients important for healing and increased recovery while removing cellular waste.
Lastly, the cells stimulate reactive oxygen species (ROS) which is another important factor for healing and recovery. All of these mechanisms from photobiomodulation equate to a reduction in pain, a reduction in inflammation and the acceleration of healing process.
Most conditions require anywhere between 6-10 treatments and each treatment session only lasts about 5-10 minutes. Factors that define how much treatment you need and the time of each treatment include the part of the body to be treated, the patients age, length of the injury and extent of the injury.
For the best outcome you may be prescribed other supportive treatment such as Chiropractic care, rehabilitation exercises, physiotherapy, stretches, kinesiotpaing and instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM). If you think you are a candidate for this specialized form of treatment please contact our office today at (904) 372-0623.