Countless individuals grappling with musculoskeletal issues seek effective, less invasive solutions for pain relief. While conventional treatments offer some relief, they also have limitations, leading to a search for alternative options. Low-Level Laser Therapy for Chiropractic Care (LLLT) stands out among these alternatives, showing promise in reducing inflammation, alleviating pain, and enhancing recovery in various musculoskeletal conditions.
What is Low-Level Laser Therapy?
Cold Laser Therapy, also known as Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT), is a method that employs specific light wavelengths to interact with tissues, potentially speeding up the healing process. It’s suitable for patients with various acute and chronic conditions, aiming to alleviate pain, reduce swelling and spasms, and improve functionality.
How Cold Lasers Work
In practice, clinicians use handheld cold laser devices, similar in size to a flashlight. The device is applied directly to the affected area for a duration determined by the size of the area and the specific dosage of the laser unit. The emitted light, consisting of non-thermal photons, penetrates through the skin layers, reaching up to 2 to 5 centimeters beneath the skin.
When the light energy from Cold Laser Therapy penetrates the skin and reaches the affected cells, it is absorbed, much like how plants absorb sunlight for photosynthesis. This absorption triggers cellular reactions, which are believed to lead to the normalization of damaged tissues. The outcome of this process can include reduced pain and inflammation, minimized edema, and a quicker healing time, attributed to an increase in the cell’s metabolic activity.
Defining Musculoskeletal Conditions
Musculoskeletal conditions cover a broad range of disorders and injuries affecting the complex system of muscles, bones, joints, and connective tissues. These conditions manifest in various ways, including pain, inflammation, limited movement, stiffness, and other impairments that hinder the smooth operation of the musculoskeletal system. They can range from acute issues like fractures and sprains to chronic problems such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, continuous back pain, tendonitis, and many others, significantly impacting overall health and well-being.
It is imperative to recognize that these conditions wield considerable influence over an individual’s capacity to navigate daily life, engage in routine activities, and uphold their overall physical vitality.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), musculoskeletal conditions are the leading contributors to global disability, with low back pain alone being the predominant cause of disability in 160 countries.¹ The exponential growth in the prevalence of musculoskeletal conditions, driven by factors like population growth and aging, highlights their increasing importance on the global health landscape.¹
Addressing musculoskeletal conditions typically necessitates a multifaceted approach, encompassing medical interventions, physical therapy, tailored exercise regimens, pain management strategies, and adjustments to one’s lifestyle.
Cold Laser Therapy Treatments at Converse Chiropractic, Spartanburg
In Cold Laser Therapy, the term “cold” relates to the laser’s low intensity rather than its temperature. This designation distinguishes it from high-intensity surgical lasers. Cold lasers are non-thermal and considered very safe, as they do not cut or cauterize like surgical lasers. Instead, they pass harmlessly through the skin’s surface, causing no discomfort or visible marks. These lasers can penetrate up to 5 centimeters into tissue, reaching deeper areas to offer a range of therapeutic benefits.
Cold laser therapy enhances cellular repair by prompting cells to produce more ATP, a vital element for repairing tissues. This increase in ATP facilitates more effective tissue regeneration and accelerates the healing process for injuries or post-surgical wounds. Furthermore, it particularly aids in the self-repair of bone and nerve tissues.
Pain and Inflammation Relief
The energy from the laser treatment improves blood circulation to the area being treated. This increased blood flow allows for more efficient delivery of nutrients to the site, as well as helps in removing inflammatory substances from the tissue. Additionally, the enhanced circulation contributes to reducing swelling in the area.
Cold laser therapy serves as an excellent adjunct to chiropractic adjustments and other natural healing methods. It’s particularly effective when used by the Converse Chiropractic team in treating various conditions. This therapy’s benefits make it a valuable tool in a holistic approach to health and wellness. Here are some common use cases:
- Sports or workplace injuries
- Sprains and strains
- Tennis elbow
- Plantar fasciitis
- Chronic pain
- Osteoarthritis and other degenerative joint diseases
- Wound healing
- Nerve or bone regeneration
- Knee, hip, and ankle osteoarthritis
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD)
- Shoulder impingement syndromes
- Hip or shoulder bursitis
- Low back disc degeneration
- Disc herniation
- Neuropathic pain
- Lymphedema pain and volume reduction
The team at Converse Chiropractic often recommends cold laser therapy for healing soft tissue injuries, offering a medication-free option for reducing pain and inflammation. This therapy can be particularly beneficial for those experiencing chronic muscle tightness and discomfort, helping to relax muscles and alleviate pain. During your initial consultation at Converse Chiropractic, Dr. Rody will evaluate whether cold laser therapy is a suitable treatment for your specific needs. Watch a customer testimonial provided by Erchonia (our laser manufacturer partner).
Book a Consultation with Converse Chiropractic in Spartanburg
Low-level laser therapy (or cold laser therapy) is safe, non-toxic, non-invasive, non-surgical, and non-pharmaceutical. It can also be a great option for individuals who are unable to take painkillers or anti-inflammatory drugs. A typical session is as easy as resting comfortably for a few minutes while the laser does all the work. You can contact us today to see if cold laser therapy is right for you, and you can also book an appointment online.