Pain Relieving Cold Laser Therapy
Cold laser therapy, also known as low-level laser therapy (LLLT), is an innovative, noninvasive option for pain relief offered by select Edmonton chiropractors. The technique uses focused light in the infrared spectrum to address multiple problems within the muscles, joints, and connective tissue. The light emitted stimulates mitochondrial growth and activity. Mitochondria are the powerhouses of the body’s cells, producing the basic form of energy that is used for everything from running to digestion. Stimulating the mitochondria causes your cells to release anti-inflammatory compounds which help to relieve pain and stiffness, quicken healing, and reduce swelling.
There are two laser types in use at Whyte Avenue Chiropractic & Wellness Centre, class 3B and class 4. Both classes use infrared light to penetrate from about 1-6 cm below the skin, so they are able to reach and treat muscles, nerves, fascia, tendons, ligaments, and even some bones. Although class 4 lasers penetrate more deeply than the class 3B type, they still far lack the power to cut you. These lasers can only generate up to 15 watts of energy, compared to surgical lasers which produce about eight times that amount.
When used by a trained professional, like your South Edmonton chiropractor at Whyte Avenue, low-level laser therapy has virtually no side effects. It will not burn your skin and is not painful. Some patients experience a mild tingling, but the sensation ceases once your session is complete. Cold laser therapy will not scar or otherwise mark your skin. Many patients see immediate results, while multiple sessions are required for others, depending on the condition and the individual.
Almost every area of the body can benefit from cold laser therapy treatments, but some conditions are particularly amenable to this therapy. Here is a list of some of the most common ailments that can be effectively addressed by cold laser therapy at your Edmonton chiropractors’ office.
Neck pain, known medically as cervicalgia, is an incredibly common complaint. Your neck almost constantly bears the weight of your entire skull and is prone to muscle strain as well as vertebral joint restrictions or misalignment. Cold laser therapy is a great complement to traditional manual chiropractic adjustments for those who suffer from neck pain. The laser treatments reduce inflammation in both the neck muscles and ligaments. This can be beneficial for both short and long-term neck pain.
Cold laser therapy can be helpful for multiple types of arthritis but is particularly useful in the rheumatoid variety. At its core, arthritis is simply an inflammation of the joints, although it can have a myriad of causes. Low-level laser therapy reduces this inflammation and accompanying swelling. This leads not only to pain relief but to easier movement and decreased stiffness as well.
Millions of Canadians suffer from fibromyalgia, a chronic condition that involves pain in the muscles and connective tissue. Although all the causes of fibromyalgia are not yet clear, inflammation is a key component, and your South Edmonton chiropractor at Whyte Avenue Chiropractic offers effective treatment for fibromyalgia symptoms in the form of cold laser therapy. Fortunately, cold laser therapy can be applied to practically the entire body, so wherever your fibromyalgia symptoms are located, they can be addressed with this innovative treatment.
If you are experiencing frequent or severe pain in the soles or sides of your feet, you may have a condition known as plantar fasciitis. This is an inflammation of the fascia, or connective tissue, in your feet. It is aggravated by walking and prolonged standing, but pain can occur while seated or even when asleep. As with other inflammatory conditions, cold laser therapy can help to stimulate healing and reduce inflammation with non-invasive treatments.
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ), or jaw, is often subject to problems. It can become misaligned or irritated by teeth grinding during sleep or simply from everyday speaking and chewing. TMJ difficulties are often painful and may prevent you from opening your mouth to the necessary width to eat and speak. Again, low-level laser treatments can speed healing and reduce pain in TMJ dysfunction cases, which is a great relief when pain is interfering with your daily activities.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a disorder commonly caused by repetitive use of the wrists and hands, carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by entrapment of the median nerve of the forearm. It is a very frequent problem in our computer-oriented society and is often seen in those who spend a large part of their day typing. Of course, carpal tunnel syndrome can also affect almost anyone, including people who do manual labour, enjoy frequent gardening, or anyone else who works with their hands. Symptoms include pain, numbness, and tingling in the hands, wrists, or fingers.
Traditionally, invasive surgery has been the only option offered for carpal tunnel syndrome relief. However, chiropractic techniques, including the complementary use of cold laser therapy, can reduce swelling and help reduce pressure on the median nerve – all without surgery. This soothes the irritated nerve and often leads to a noticeable improvement in symptoms.
Our knees take on a huge burden, bearing almost our entire body weight. They help us to maintain balance and flex and extend hundreds of times every day. If you’re an athlete, running and jumping can put even more strain on your knees. It’s no wonder knee problems are so common, including arthritis, bursitis, catching, locking, and stiffness.
Before you undergo a drastic, major surgery for your knee problems, consider the benefits of cold laser application in conjunction with other chiropractic treatment methods. There are practically no side effects, it is completely non-invasive, and there’s no hospital visit or convalescence needed. Although low-level laser therapy won’t be able to fully resolve every knee problem, it can certainly help many conditions and offers benefits with almost no risks.
Contusions and Minor Lacerations
You might be surprised to know that cold laser therapy can speed the healing of minor bruises and cuts. Since the laser is able to stimulate cells several centimeters below the skin, these treatments aid in the healing of minor injuries. Thus, a painful contusion can be more quickly resolved or an unsightly cut healed faster. If you have a social event approaching or simply want to look your best, consider cold laser therapy for your bumps and bruises at Whyte Avenue Chiropractic & Wellness Centre.