Cold Laser Therapy at Menner Chiropractic
Cold Laser Therapy or Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) is a treatment that utilizes specific wavelengths of light to interact with tissue and is thought to 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, swelling, reduce spasms and increase functionality.
What Is Thor Laser?
The Thor Laser is a form of cold laser therapy is for healing and pain relief. Laser and LED beams of light can stimulate the cells in the body that repair tissue, reduce inflammation, relieve pain in musculoskeletal disorders, and transmit pain.
Three Main Focus Areas:
- Soft Tissue Injuries
- Joint Conditions
- Back and Neck Pain
Other applications such as shingles, post-operative pain, also respond well.
How Cold Laser Therapy Works
Cold lasers are handheld devices used by our doctors and are often the size of a flashlight. The laser is placed directly over the injured area for 30 seconds to several minutes, depending on the size of the area being treated and the dose provided by the cold laser unit.
During this time, the non-thermal photons of light that are emitted from the laser pass through the skin’s layers (the dermis, epidermis, and the subcutaneous tissue or tissue fat under the skin). This light can penetrate 2 to 5 centimeters below the skin at 90mw and 830 nm.
Once the light energy passes through the layers of skin and reaches the target area, it is absorbed and interacts with the light sensitive elements in the cell. This process can be compared to photosynthesis in plants – sunlight is absorbed by plants, which is then converted to usable energy so that the plant can grow.
When cells absorb this light energy, it initiates a series of events in the cell that is theorized to eventually result in normalizing damaged or injured tissue, a reduction in pain, inflammation, edema and an overall reduction in healing time by increasing intracellular metabolism.
In addition, high intensity single point lasers can release trigger points and treat acupuncture points instead of needles.
For more information about whether Thor Laser Therapy is right for you, or if you have other questions about its safety, please call 847-540-6060 to book an appointment with Dr. David Menner.
Credit: Thor Laser