How It Works
Even though our programs include Cold Laser Therapy, most low back and neck programs also include non-surgical Spinal Decompression Therapy; which is FDA Cleared and very effective for treating sciatica, pinched nerves, herniated disc, bulging disc, degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, radiating leg or arm pain, and many other conditions. Specifically for neck and back pain sufferers, using a combination of both Cold Laser and Spinal Decompression Therapy is integral in achieving optimal results. Dr. Hanson will customize your treatment plan according to your diagnosis, symptoms, mobility, age, and function.
Cold Lasers are handheld devices that are placed directly over the injured area. Typically, depending on the area being treated, and the number of lasers being used, laser treatments can last between 10-15 minutes. During the treatment the laser light safely penetrates deep through several layers of skin and fat without injuring a single cell.
Once the cold laser light (photons) reaches the injured tissue it is readily absorbed by damaged, injured, or weakened cells. The light energy interacts and is absorbed by chromophores, specifically cytochrome c oxidase, (light sensitive enzymes in the mitochondria of the cells). By activating these enzymes it stimulates the production of ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate, energy of the cell). As a result, this new found energy initiates more ATP to be produced and a cascade of beneficial events occur; including, a reduction in pain, edema, inflammation, improved nerve function, and an increase in the intracellular metabolic rate of the cell which decreases the cells healing time and allows the damaged tissue to repair itself faster.
Cold Laser therapy has been successfully used around the world for over 35 years to help treat a myriad of conditions. There are more than 2,500 clinical studies that have been published and over 120 randomized controlled studies have been conducted. In the United States, cold laser therapy is used in certain hospitals, rehabilitation centers, and clinics as a safe treatment option to help assist in pain relief. Currently, cold laser therapy is also being used by professional sports teams to treat athletes in the NFL, NBA, NHL, PGA, NBL, and U.S Olympic Teams just to name a few.
“The laser treatment speeds up cell repair & stimulates the immune, lymphatic, & vascular systems.” Paul Sibert, M.D., Chief of Neurology at Jersey Shore University Medical Center.
In summary Cold Lasers have shown to:
- Relieve or eliminate chronic and acute pain.
- Stimulates and improves nerve function.
- Increase mobility and muscle function (release of tight muscles that create decrease mobility, joint problems, and chronic pain).
- Reduces swelling and inflammation (suppresses inflammatory enzymes that create swelling, redness, and heat).
- Increase the speed, quality and tensile strength of tissue repair.
- Help generate new and healthy cells and tissues.
- Reduces scar tissue
- Enhances lymphatic drainage thus increasing circulation which speeds up healing.
- Reduces pain by causing production of natural pain killer’s endorphins.
*If you have cancer or taking immune system suppressants, low-level laser therapy is contradicted. In pregnant women, the uterus should not be irradiated.
General Physiological and Biological Effects of Cold Laser
→ Increased Metabolic Activity – Cold Laser therapy increases higher outputs of specific enzymes, greater oxygen and food particle loads for cells. An increase in ATP production by the mitochondria of the cell allows the cell to heal and repair faster. In addition, the cell uses this new found energy, (that was never available before), to use for multiple biologic processes.
→ Rapid Cell Growth – Laser light accelerates cellular reproduction and growth due to increased mitochondrial activity.
→ Stimulated Nerve Function – Cold Laser light speeds the process of nerve cell healing and repairing. Neurotransmission is facilitated due to increased levels of acetylcholine and serotonin.
→ Faster Wound Healing – Cold laser light stimulates fibroblast (fibroblast cells are the building blocks of collagen) development and accelerates collagen synthesis in damaged tissue.
→ Reduced Fibrous Tissue Formation – Cold laser light reduces the formation of scar tissue following tissue damage from post surgery, sprains and strains, cuts, scratches, or burns.
→ Anti-Inflammatory Action – Cold laser light reduces swelling caused by bruising or inflammation of joints to give enhanced joint mobility.
→ Increased Vascular Activity – Cold laser light induces temporary vasodilation increasing blood flow and oxygen to damaged areas.
Dr. Hanson’s Cold Laser Programs for chronic low back, neck, or shoulder pain uniquely combine safe, painless Cold Laser Therapy along with Spinal Decompression therapy, and physiotherapy to help reduce pain, inflammation, and improve overall function. All of Dr. Hanson’s Cold Lasers are FDA Cleared and harness advanced Class IIIB or Class IV technology.
If you are ready to experience pain relief, contact us today.
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