Cold Laser for Dummies

| December 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

LASER is an acronym for light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation. Cold laser or low-level laser therapy (LLLT) was first approved by the FDA for use in the United States in 2002. The theory was first introduced by Albert Einstein in 1917, and the Hughes Research Laboratories announced the first working laser in 1960. For medical purposes, laser was first used in 1963 to coagulate retinal lesions and was first used in wound healing studies on mice in 1967.

We grew up with laser beams in Star Trek and other science fiction movies which destroys matter. The reality today is that the military has developed a laser that will knock a man down from hundreds of yards without killing him, shoot drones out of the sky, and shoot down rockets in flight. There are lasers that can penetrate and cut steel in the automotive industry and there are medical lasers used in eye surgery. These types of lasers are considered hot lasers which can cut, burn, and destroy human tissue. We are talking today about cold lasers which act as a catalyst to speed up the healing processes in the human body. The absorption by the skin of these cold laser wavelengths is referred to as photobiomodulation and/or photobiostimulation.

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Photobiostimulation or photobiomodualtion is the process where a chain of chemical reactions is triggered by exposure to light. This stimulation of light changes the oxidation status (speed) of the mitochondria which leads to enhance ATP synthesis (Krebs cycle). This stimulation of light also increases the cell membrane’s permeability by enhancing the sodium/potassium pump, and therefore, providing the cell with more energy and creating a conducive environment for the natural healing process to take place.

This natural healing process takes place in a variety of increased cellular effects including: cell growth stimulation, increased cell metabolism, improved cell regeneration, initiation of the anti-inflammatory response, reduction of swelling, reduction of scar tissue, nerve function stimulation, reduction of the production of substance P, decreased production of histamine, and the increased production of endorphins (the body’s own natural opiates). All of these processes aid in decreasing pain and inflammation and promoting cell regeneration by the body’s own natural healing response.

Cold laser or low-level laser therapy (LLLT) is administered by using an applicator or wand placed onto the surface of the skin at the point of pain (POP) or the injured/damaged tissue. Treatment times are variable from approximately 2min-10min. There is usually no patient awareness or pain from cold laser treatment. In over 3000 published papers on the treatment and utilization of cold laser therapy, there are no documented side effects. In fact, cold laser therapy has an accumulative and persistent effect on the treated tissues for days following treatment.

Since 2002, chiropractors, osteopaths, allopaths, podiatrists, veterinarians, and other health care professionals have used cold laser for the treatment of the following conditions, but not limited to: Soft tissue injuries such as carpal tunnel, tennis elbow, sprain/strain injuries. Degenerative joint conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Neurogenic pain such as shingles, fibromyalgia, and diabetic neuropathy

The first lasers suitable for treating pain became available in the late 1970’s and ever since then, laser therapy has been widely used in Western Europe. Today, after 2002 approval by the FDA, cold laser therapy has gained traction in the US.

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