Cold Laser Therapy
I recently attended an annual chiropractic conference and was exposed to some different pain relief technology, Cold Laser Therapy.
Cold Laser Therapy is also known as low level laser therapy. This laser is different from laser beams slicing you open in movies or eye surgery correction laser like lasik.
Cold Laser Therapy uses light-emitting diodes to stimulate or inhibit cellular function. The cold laser therapy technique is also known by the more ambiguous terms laser therapy and phototherapy (though the latter more accurately refers to light therapy), which may also be used to describe other medical techniques. A famous chiropractor who believes in cold laser therapy is Jeff Spencer who was Lance Armstrong’s chiropractor.
What is Cold Laser Therapy?
Cold Laser Therapy sounds interesting, does it not.
Currently basic research on cold laser therapy and work on specific treatments are being pursued with testing various modulations of wavelength, intensity, duration and treatment interval. The low level laser method/cold laser therapy is not yet accepted as routine medical therapy and more levels of evidence supporting its routine use is needed.
What I personally saw in the chiropractic conference was amazing seeing what can happen to a bony fracture healing in 4 weeks in a 66 year old or ulcerated sores healing completely after cold laser therapy use.
In the world of anti-inflammatories & pain killers like co-proxamol cold laser therapy looks like a promising source of natural anti-inflammatory treatment for those seeking neck pain relief and lower back pain relief. I look forward to learning more about cold laser therapy and its potential to help give my chiropractic patients natural pain relief.