What is Cold Laser Therapy (CLT)?
Cold laser therapy is the use of laser light to improve healing in the body. Laser light stimulates a phenomenon known as photobiostimulation- a process which facilitates the body’s own natural healing abilities and immune responses.
When CLT is used in conjunction with acupuncture it marries the healing power of the laser light with ancient Chinese Medicine. Thus, CLT modernizes the eastern medical practice in a pain-free way. This form of treatment is perfect for people who are interested in Chinese Medicine and acupuncture but are afraid or sensitive to needles.
There are three attachments used in treatments with my Cold Laser Therapy system:
- Visible red light penetrates a few centimeters below the surface of the skin and is ideal for activating acupuncture points found around the body
- Infrared light penetrates tissue deeper making it more effective for larger muscle groups and pain management
- Light-emitting diodes (LED’s) are used during the treatment to stimulate superficial tissue (surface of the skin) making it ideal for skin rejuvenation and wound healing
A’ Cold’ or ‘low level’ laser implies that it does not create a level of heat that damages cells thereby allowing the treatment to be pain-free and safe. When the photons (light energy) are absorbed by the body they are immediately converted to chemical energy and are then used to optimize cellular function and signalling.
What is Laser Acupuncture?
Laser acupuncture is the use of cold laser on specific energetic points (acupuncture points) around the body, where laser light is used instead of the traditional needle approach. The laser activates acupuncture points on the body, as well as trigger points (hyperirritable nodules) found on muscles and fascia.
Cold laser therapy uses wavelengths in the visible and infrared EMR spectrum to treat and boost cellular signaling. Here are some of the effects of CLT on the body:
- Energy / ATP in cells through the interaction of laser light and cytochrome c oxidase (enzyme in mitochondria of cells)
- Similar Reaction in nearby cells through improved cell signaling
- Immune system efficiency and response time through increased nutrient uptake and more efficient waste elimination
- Cellular respiration by removing nitric oxide from catalytic center
- Cell health and vitality through higher oxygen metabolism
- Cell proliferation and immune system activation through: increased cell signaling, enzyme activation, protein synthesis, nucleic acid formation, cell cycle progression and enhanced stimulatory and protective genes.
Understanding the bodies response to CLT…
It is important to keep in mind that symptoms such as chronic pain, the effects of aging, immunity deficiencies (autoimmune disorders) and obsessive behaviours or patterns (addictions) take a long time to develop. The results of CLT are not instantaneous. It takes commitment and ongoing treatment regimen to produce top quality and long-lasting results.
The effects of CLT are classified into two groups: primary or immediate effects, and secondary or delayed effects.
Primary effects (6 to 12 hours’ post treatment)
- Circulation by inducing vasodilation and ultimately increase circulatory flow and lymph drainage
- The production of white blood cells (leukocytes) including: neutrophils, macrophages and fibroblasts
Other effects seen immediately after CLT are improvement in metabolic function of damaged cells and increased nociceptors threshold.
Secondary or delayed effects (24 hours or more)
- CLT regulates certain types of prostaglandins (anti-inflammatory), decreases bradykinins (anti-edematous), and alters noradrenalin and adrenalin activity.
- Consequently, Beta-endorphins and encephalin levels increase which result in analgesia as they are natural opiates produced in the body.
- When the immune system utilizes the photon energy in this way, tissue regeneration and wound healing commence and the entire immune process is modulated to run optimally.
What does CLT treat?
Acute Soft Tissue Injury:
- Plantar Fasciitis/ Achilles Tendon Strain
- Knee Strain (MCL/ACL or meniscus)
- Wrist Sprain
- Groin Strain
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow)
- Medial Epicondylitis (Golfer’s Elbow)
- Rotator Cuff Strain
- Bursitis (Hip, Knee, Elbow, Shoulder and Ankle)
- Acute Neck Sprain
- Mild Disk Strain/Disk Herniation
- Ilio-Lumbar Ligament Strain/Low back Pain
- Acute Facet Lock
- Aging skin
- Stretch Marks
- Slow healing wounds
Other Conditions treated with Laser Acupuncture
- Smoking Cessation
- Weight Loss
- Digestive ailments (acid reflux, constipation, bloating etc)
- Peripheral Neuropathy
- Fibromyalgia/Systemic Nerve & Body Pain
When coming in for a CLT treatment you should expect a combination of laser therapies to be applied to your personalized treatment plan that will be set and discussed in person. Including laser acupuncture probe (660 nm red light laser) for trigger points, infrared laser head (810 nm) for deeper tissue trigger points and scanning and a 69 cluster LED scanner used for superficial tissue scanning (skin treatments).