By Dr. Kenny Chan
Cold Laser Therapy, also known as Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT), is the use of therapeutic laser light to provide relief from pain, eliminate inflammation (swelling) or to repair damaged tissues. LLLT is entirely non-invasive and has a wide range of applications, from wounds to sports injuries. It is very effective on musculoskeletal and soft tissue sprains and strains injuries. It also decreases muscular spasms, inflammation and pain.
When an injury occurs, cells in that area may fail to heal or function normally. LLLT uses low intensity laser light energy to stimulate cells through a number of known cellular pathways in order to encourage tissue healing. The light energy has billions of photons of visible and/or invisible light that penetrates deep into the tissue structures. The cellular structures have a unique ability to absorb the laser light energy and transform it into chemical energy to significantly accelerate the healing process and reduce pain in the body naturally. The net effects are cellular regeneration, collagen production for tissue repair and improved circulation.
How the Laser work is that the photon energy created by the laser stimulates the cells to produce energy in the form of Adenosine Tri-phosphate (ATP). This extra boost of ATP causes cells to perform better, faster and more effectively, and results in quicker wound and injury healing with improved circulation.
The number of treatments for Laser therapy varies with each condition. Patients usually average slightly less than 10 treatments to resolve their condition. In some patients, one treatment may be sufficient; however, on average, 3-25 treatments are required. Other factors affect the number of treatments are the age, severity, chronicity, and nature of the condition as well as factors regarding the patient’s age, overall health, and even exercise levels.
In our office, we use the Theralase Laser. More information can be found at http://www.theralase.com/www/index.php or you can call our office at 604-739-2118.