Cold Laser Therapy Questions & Answers (CLT Q&A)

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Frequently Asked Questions About Cold Laser Therapy

1. What is Cold Laser Therapy (CLT)?

CLT is the application of a cold laser over body, muscle, skin or acupoints to deliver photons (little energy packets) to sick, injured or compromised cells and tissues. Doing so may produce a natural healing response and a chain of beneficial actions in different systems throughout the body. Several cold lasers are now FDA cleared for Arthritis, temporary pain relief, increasing blood circulation and relaxing contracted tissues. Cold laser is thought to alleviate many issues that results due to inflammation because low level laser therapy is said to reduce 7 of the 9 enzymes that cause inflammation by up to 70%. Reduced inflammation may result in improved health. Cold lasers are designed to deliver photons in specific wavelengths and research and clinical studies have show to produce positive biological actions in the body such as delivering photons to cells. The Mitochondria inside of the cells is able to absorb the photons and convert them into Adenosine TriPhosphate or ATP for short. ATP is the primary fuel source of most cells in the body. Additionally, use of Cold Laser over specific acupoints on the body, hands and ears may stimulate the release of endorphins, which may support pain reduction and accelerated healing.

2. Is CLT painful?

Cold Laser Therapy is a painless procedure. You may feel a warm sensation or slight tingling because nerves are being stimulated, but this will subside shortly after your treatment is finished.

3. Does CLT involve any medication and is it safe?

Cold Laser Therapy is a completely safe, non-invasive, medication and drug-free procedure.

4. How long are CLT treatments?

Treatments can vary from seconds to minutes per point or location, depending upon the treatments protocol, type and power of the laser. Many people experience significant relief in 1-2 treatments. The length of treatment depends upon the number of things being treated, including the type of therapist doing the treatment and they type of laser being used. While some complete treatments will occur in 5-15 minutes with practitioners using the higher end, more powerful lasers. Other laser practitioners may spend 30-60 minutes treating the entire body and working on a variety of different systems such as blood, lymph, nervous, fat, chakra, organ and musculoskeletal systems.

5. What is Cold Laser Therapy generally used for?

This type of therapy may treat a wide variety of pain, spine and nerve issues including neurological conditions, pain syndromes such as sprains and strains, acute and chronic injuries, and speeds up wound healing and fractures. The additional ATP along with reduction in inflammation may support deep transformative healing. Additionally it may improve performance in sports and reduces athletic recovery in both human and animal patients.

6. Are there whole body benefits in addition to reducing pain?

Yes, whole body inflammation may be reduced overall with this therapy. When we complement Cold Laser Therapy with Chiropractic and/or massage care, it can help increase the rate, strength and quality of healing tissue. This therapy may also help regulate the immune system and stimulates nerve tissues to function optimally. In terms of healing, it has been shown to generate new, healthy cells within soft tissue to promote wound healing with less scarring.

7. Is this therapy FDA approved?

Cold Laser Therapy has been used successfully for the past 50 years in many countries throughout the world. Many Cold lasers are FDA approved or FDA Cleared with dozens of lasers starting as far back as 2002. CLT is used by US Olympic teams and most sports teams worldwide, to increase performance and recovery from accidents, injuries and overexertion.

8. Will it take long to experience results?

Most people experience results within their first visit or two. Results are almost immediately evident, but some people may need 3-8 sessions to feel significant improvement, especially if the issue has been chronic for some time. If you are experiencing a degenerative condition, see a Practitioner for professional advice. Some Chiropractors and Laser Practitioners may suggest scheduling an appointment from time to time for follow-up visits, for you to continue experiencing healing.

9. What are some of the health concerns that Cold Laser Therapy can treat?

Many specific conditions, both acute and whole body respond to cold laser. These may include, but are not limited to, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, frozen shoulder, back pain, neck pain, fibromyalgia, headache, migraine, carpal tunnel, sinus concerns, deep bruising, tendon and ligament issues, and sciatica.

If you have any questions about whether a new or chronic health concern may respond to Cold Laser Therapy, please feel welcome to call us today to answer questions!

10. How long do the effects of the treatment last?

A single treatment can continue working in a persons body for up to 24 hours. Treatment length and frequency varies, depending upon the condition and type of laser used. An acute soft tissue injury or open wound may require multiple short treatments initially. The interval between treatments will lengthen as the issue improves. Chronic conditions typically take longer to treatment, with more treatments being the norm (up to 20), in order to support a change or transition out of old holding patterns, to allow deeper and more transformative healing to occur. The treatments have a cumulative effect, where each proceeding treatment builds on the success of the previous treatments to alleviate pain and support a rejuvenating, healing process.