Cold laser is a safe and effective therapy that works to help the body to heal itself. It works by penetrating the targeted tissue and stimulates the cells to produce more energy called ATP. This increase in cellular energy allows the cell to repair and regenerate quickly and effectively. The laser uses a non thermal wavelength of light so there is no risk of tissue damage. Laser therapy penetrates into the tissue to improve healing and decreases pain and inflammation.
At Back to Health, we use laser therapy with many of our patients who have a variety of conditions such as:
- Acute/Chronic strained muscles (Tennis/golfers elbow)
- Acute joint sprains (ankle, knee, wrist, elbow, etc.)
- Carpal Tunnel syndrome
- Arthritic pains
- Plantar fascitis and heel spurs
- TMJ dysfunction
- Wound healing
We see the usefulness of laser therapy everyday with our patients whether they are a young high school athlete, an adult weekend warrior, or a senior with aches and pains. Here are some of the benefits of using laser therapy:
- Rapid cell growth
- Faster wound healing
- Produces an anti-inflammatory response
- Reduces fibrous tissue (scar tissue) formation
- Improves cell regeneration
- Improves blood circulation
- Stimulates nerve function
- Stimulates the production of endorphins
- Decreases substances that are pain generators (eg. Substance P)
I use the Theralase laser to keep my throwing arm healthy. It reduces fatigue and allows me to play at my peak game after game after game. Roy Halladay Baseball Player (2003 Cy Young Award)
What can I expect on my visit for laser therapy?
- The laser is applied directly to your skin, so a pair of shorts is useful or a gown will be provided.
- The Theralase is completely painless. Depending on the condition and number of areas to be treated, your treatment time will last between 5-25 minutes. After your treatment, you can resume your normal activities immediately without any down time.
What happens if I miss an appointment?
- It is not recommended that you miss appointments for optimal healing response.
- A typical treatment plan consists of 2-3 visits/week with a day in between treatments for 1-3weeks.
- Prior to starting your treatment plan, you should be committed to the recommended protocol which typically includes 6 visits for best results.
Is there any down time?
- There is absolutely ZERO down time! Laser therapy is painless and you can resume your usual routine immediately after your treatment.
- You do not need to change your daily routine, but of course a healthy protocol of staying hydrated, exercising and eating nutritious foods is always recommended to help in the healing process.
Is it safe if I have a pre-existing medical condition such as diabetes?
- Laser therapy is safe for almost everyone with a few exceptions. If you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant, laser therapy is not recommended. As well, if you have cancer, laser therapy is contraindicated. Diabetes isa condition where circulation can be impaired and laser therapy can help improve blood flow.
Is it safe?
- Yes, laser therapy is a very safe treatment for tissue healing and pain management. Laser therapy is non-invasive and poses no side effects that opioids or injections can produce.
We are not the only people who use this type of therapy. As a matter of fact, along with the use of chiropractic, all NFL teams use laser therapy as a part of their rehab for players with serious and non-serious injuries. The Toronto Blue Jays have also been using the Theralase system with their pitching staff for years. Roy Halliday is a proponent and has seen the many benefits of laser therapy on his way to winning two Cy Young awards for best pitcher.