What is Cold Laser Therapy?
Cold Laser Therapy is a colloquial term for Photobiomodulation or Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT). And as above, it is a light therapy using lasers or LEDs to improve tissue repair, reduce pain and inflammation wherever the beam is applied and Cold Laser has been used for many years on sports injuries, arthritic joints, neuropathic pain syndromes, back and neck pain with over 700 randomised clinical trials being published on Cold Laser, half of which are on pain.
This treatment is painless, sterile, non-invasive, drug-free treatment used to treat a variety of pain syndromes, injuries, wounds, fractures and neurological conditions. Below is a short list of some ailments we can help:
- acute or chronic tendinopathies
- sprains and strains
- neck, back and body pain
- neurological disorders
- post chemotherapy and radiotherapy mucositis
- dentine and toothache
- post-operative pain
- tissue healing
Some results include significant reduction of inflammation equal to or better than NSAIDs within 2 hours, analgesic effects that last for 48 hours, healing time of chronic tendinopathies reduced by 70%.
When can this be used?
Cold Laser Therapy can be used any time a patient requests or needs a drug-less procedure for the control of pain, when conventional therapies have been ineffective, or when the acceleration of healing from injuries is desired. Cold laser therapy directs bio stimulative light energy to the body’s cells. Cells convert light energy into chemical energy to promote natural healing and pain relief.
How often do I need it?
Cold laser light therapy using lasers or LEDs is helpful to improve tissue repair, reduce pain and inflammation wherever the beam is applied. Usually applied by a doctor, therapist or technician, treatments should be applied two or more times a week. Photobiomodulation Therapy has been used for many years on sports injuries, arthritic joints, neuropathic pain syndromes, back and neck pain.
Absorption of red light stimulates the mitochondria, the powerhouse of the cell, which then produces ATP - the signalling molecule that leads to tissue repair and healing - this is the body's fuel source and is most important to the body's wellbeing. When cells become stressed whether due to disease, injury, or ageing, the mitochondria produces nitric oxide. This competitively displaces oxygen causing an over production of oxidative stress. In turn oxidative stress leads to inflammation and cell death via the gene transcription factor NF-Kb.
Some perspectives from practitioners...
"I have been using Thor Laser in my clinic with amazing results! Many people called me after a news segment aired wanting to know more about the Laser and how it can help with their chronic pain. Big thanks to THOR Laser Photomedicine for creating this piece of medical equipment which has bought a lot of relief to many of my patients that have been using it. Everyone wants a speedy recovery, to get better fast, but not every intervention can work this fast! I am glad to help them improve their Quality of life."
Justin Kalopa Musculoskeletal Podiatrist Melbourne, Australia
"Fantastic treatment system. Every GP should have one. Cost effective for patient and doctor."
Dr. Chris Millar MBBS Ballarat Mind-Body Medicine Victoria, Australia
"I purchased a Thor Laser in January, it is a miracle device - I am getting great results."
Dr. Albert Skocik, DC Skocik Chiropractic PC Harrisburg, PA, USA
I have been practicing dentistry since 1971 and using low level lasers since 1993 so to lose my lasers today, it would be so dramatic that I wouldn't be able to practise without them."
Dr. Gerry Ross, DDS Dentist focuses on treating facial pain Toronto, Canada
"I have just treated a fractured clavicle for a concert violinist. After 2 treatments a week for just over 3 weeks, we had complete resolution, no pain and full range of shoulder movement in under 4 weeks. Also treated a fractured rib in a 60 year old, and after 4 treatments in 10 days, the patient was symptom free. I have been using a THOR Laser for over 15 years and it STILL never ceases to amaze me."
Jane O'Connor Osteopath The Osteopathic Practice, UK
"Nurses who treat wounds should have access to LLLT equipment. It would be a cost effective method of improving the quality of life of many patients."
Prof. Mary Dyson, PhD FCSP(Hon) FAIUM(Hon) LHD(Hon) Former Editor, Grays Anatomy Head of Tissue Repair research Guys Hospital, UK