The cold laser has gained recent FDA approval for the non-surgical treatment of neck and shoulder complaints and is being used widely in the NFL and by the USPS tour de France team chiropractor.
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.
During treatment, the non-thermal photons of light that are emitted from the laser pass through the skins layers and reach the target area, where they are absorbed and interact with parts of the cell much like sunshine energizes plants through photosynthesis – 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 believed to eventually result in healing damaged or injured tissue, a reduction in pain, inflammation, and an overall reduction in healing time by increasing intracellular metabolism.