A cold laser is a low level laser therapy that involves the application of red and near infrared light over injuries and/or wounds to improve soft tissue healing. It relieves acute and chronic pain.
The properties of a cold laser allow it to penetrate the skin’s surface precisely and accurately without heating effects, damage to the skin or any known side effects. Unlike high powered lasers that are used to cut through tissue, low level lasers heal through the process of biostimulation.
The cold laser offers a safe (FDA approved) and effective treatment for a wide variety of conditions like repetitive stress injuries. These types of injuries are caused when too much stress is placed on a joint as the same action is performed over and over again. Overuse and loss of elasticity due to increasing age may both lead to irritation and inflammation. With tennis elbow, for example, clients may experience pain on the outside of the elbow, especially when lifting objects. The pain may radiate down the forearm. It is thought to be due to small tears in the tendons. Manual laborers and sports participants are most susceptible. Golfer’s elbow is a similar condition with pain and inflammation on the inside of the elbow that may also spread into the forearm and wrist.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition that occurs when the median nerve, which runs from the forearm into the hand, becomes pressed or squeezed at the wrist. Symptoms include pain, weakness, tingling, itching, burning, or numbness in the hand and wrist, radiating up to the arm. Women are three times more likely to develop this syndrome. It is also especially common among assembly line workers. The cold laser also treats neck and lower back pain, strains, sprains, and arthritis. Inflammation and swelling not related to the aforementioned conditions may also be treated.