Cold Laser Therapy in Bel Air, MD
Cold Laser Therapy is the most advanced and modern modality used to treat not only severe, acute injuries; but those chronic, ‘stubborn,’ won’t-go-away ones too.
How Cold Laser Works
When the body has an injury, the cells are damaged and fail to function within normal parameters. Low level lasers from the Cold Laser machine penetrate deeply into the skin and work by restoring this abnormal cellular function. Cold Laser uses a non-heat producing light laser, which is locked at a specific wavelength that is optimal for treatment and can penetrate deeply into tissue. Cold Laser, or Low Level Laser Therapy, is emerging as a great way to promote healing.
The biological effects of Low Level Laser Therapy have been shown to significantly accelerate and enhance the body’s natural defense and repair abilities when injured. By reducing the duration of inflammation, as well as enhancing specific repair and healing process, Low Level Laser Therapy has been proven to provide pain relief, reduce damage due to the injury and loss of function. Low Level Laser Therapy enables the body to have a more rapid repair and stronger tissues once healed. Physiologic effects include improved metabolism, circulation and tissue healing.
The biological effects of Low Level Laser Therapy have been shown to
- Significantly accelerate and enhance the body’s natural defense and repair abilities
- Reduce the duration of inflammation,
- Enhance the healing process,
- Provide pain relief
- Reduce damage due to the injury and loss of function
- Rapid repair and stronger tissues once healed.
Laser therapy may be useful for the following:
- Frozen shoulder
- Post-operative wounds
- Scar tissue
- Autoimmune diseases
Chronic or acute pain
- Wound healing
- Minor nerve damage
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please contact us today for an appointment to find out if cold laser therapy might be able to help.
Examples of Cold Laser Applications
PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES: To treat top athletes in order to return them to competition at a much accelerated pace. If you remember, last year, Lance Armstrong and the US Postal Service team were involved in quite a few bad wrecks, yet they were able to race the next day. According to Jeff Spencer, Armstrong’s chiropractor who treated him with Cold Laser, if an injured athlete can get in for laser treatment within 2-3 hours of the injury, rehabilitation time can be cut in half.
BURN VICTIMS: To accelerate wound and burn healing, at a rate 25-40% faster and with less scarring. This is an excellent demonstration of external healing reflecting what is happening on the cellular level, where internal healing is often neither seen nor felt.
NERVE AND SPINAL INJURIES: To rehabilitate severed nerve bundles, at a rate of 300% faster than a control group tested in a University of Health and Sciences, Bethesda, MD., (research study conducted by Anders and Broke). This was after only 14 daily, 90 minutes treatments. It suggests promising results will be found in the future for peripheral nerve damage and possible spinal cord injuries.
CANCER: To inhibit cancer cell growth and, at the same time, enhance healthy cell growth. Research at the University of Munich shows that Cold Lasers have a bio-modulation effect. Bio-modulation is the ability to inhibit the activity of overactive cells (inflammation) and stimulate under active cells (atrophy), which distinguishes it from the universal damage caused by chemotherapy or radiation
OTHER INJURIES: To increase the range of motion (ROM), to increase muscle strength, to decrease pain and inflammation and to accelerate overall healing time for a variety of injuries. Chiropractors and physical therapists use the cold laser for whiplash-strain-sprain, chronic frozen shoulder, long standing TMJ problems, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia, sinusitis, etc.
The Cold Laser, or Low Level Laser Therapy, can be used for:
- Inflammatory conditions
- – Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Epicondylitis, Plantar Fascitis, Bursitis with excellent results.
- Pain management
- Fibric Myalgia Myofscial pain, cervical neck, thoracic and low back pain.
- Connective tissue disorders
- Sprains, strains, tendonitis, and tendon ruptures.
- Joint injuries & disorders
- TMJ disorders, osteoarthritis, dislocations, and ligament injuries.
- Muscle injury or disorders such
- Muscle bruises, contusions, muscle ruptures, and muscle shortening contractures like frozen shoulders.
- Neurological injury or disorders
- Ruptured or herniated discs, crush injuries, neuritis, and headaches.
- Fractures or breaks
BENEFITS: Lasers are painless, sterile. No undesirable side effects. Much more affordable than surgery.
Explanation of Light (Laser) Therapy
“Light therapy is not a new concept. In 1924 Bose and Einstein, great men of science, predicted the Laser. Laser is an acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. Most of the lasers used in the medical field have been High Frequency Hot Lasers, which are catabolic (destructive) in nature such as the ones used in eye surgery. Cold Lasers are anabolic, or regenerative in nature.
In 1978, Dr. Frolich helped to establish the Wave Particle Theory, which now forms the foundation of quantum physics and defines the mechanism of life, as we now know it.
Human cells, tissue and organs have specific frequencies that regulate important cellular functions such as protein synthesis, cellular division and communication. Frolich used quantum physics to explain that a cell’s living matrix must produce coherent or laser-like oscillations. He stated that these resonance’s serve as signals that integrate processes such as growth, injury repair, immune mediation and the overall functioning of the organism. Each molecule, cell, tissue and organ has an ideal resonance frequency that coordinates its activity. Basically we can use certain laser frequencies to alter or enhance the body’s defense and repair mechanism.
Back to high school Biology, laser therapy is based on photochemical and photobiological effects of the cells and tissues. With laser light, cell functions are stimulated, especially the increase of a cells ATP (energy). This increase in ATP synthesis is associated with increased cell metabolism; increase collagen synthesis, stimulation of DNA formation, improved immune system function and increased new formation of capillaries. The laser also has been shown to increase neurotransmitters (serotonin), to increase enhance tissue regeneration through increasing fibroblasts and keratinocytes, to increase antioxidants and to accelerate bone and scar healing. The laser stimulates ATP production and oxygen at a cellular level, which activates enzymatic cascades that help the cell to detoxify itself. These changes result in activating cells or nerves and setting up an environment in which they function best.