What conditions can be improved with cold laser therapy?
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Myofascial Pain Syndrome
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Laser Therapy Safe?
Yes, and very safe. Over 3,000 studies have been conducted to validate the safety and effectiveness of laser therapy. And the most important safety precaution is to avoid directly pointing any laser device into the eye. LLLT devices, such as our class 3B cold lasers, can be used around any type of metal joint replacement implants, screws or prosthesis. The cold laser has been FDA-approved for the temporary relief of muscle and joint pain, stiffness and muscle spasm through adjunctive therapy. It is also safe for all ages. And, unlike class 4 lasers, class 3B lasers do not produce enough heat to burn you.
Can Laser Therapy Cause Cancer?
No, and cold lasers are now actually being used to treat many side-effects of cancer treatments. The wavelengths used in cold lasers and LLLT (630 nm to 1000 nm) are not in the ionizing range of the electromagnetic spectrum and therefore will not cause cancer. Excess exposure to UV rays (10 nm to 400 nm) can cause harm to the body, and are never used in LLLT devices. And X-rays are in the ionizing range of the electromagnetic spectrum, thus can cause cancer.
Are There Any Negative Side Effects?
Unlike most pharmaceutical solutions and other therapeutic options, laser therapy is non-toxic, and non-invasive. In millions of individual treatments, no significant adverse effect has ever been noted.
How many treatments are required?
Based on the genetic makeup of the cells, an individual’s response to laser will vary to some degree. Generally, the more chronic or severe the condition, the longer it takes to respond. The majority of conditions treated will take anywhere from 4-5 or 7-12 treatments to see a marked change.
A recent clinical review, including 1,000 consecutively treated patients, reveals the average number of treatments to be 9.4. Once again, the number of treatments depends upon the severity of the condition and its duration. If your condition does not change immediately, it may take 3-4 sessions before a dramatic or marked change is perceived.
What to Expect During a Laser Therapy Treatment?
For most people, laser therapy is quite passive. Treatment is different than electronic stimulation, as no pulsating shocks are felt, and different from ultrasound, as it does not produce any heat. The most noticeable sensation is the touch of the probe head of the laser coming in contact with the skin.
Following (and even during) a laser therapy session, roughly 80% of patients being treated can notice an immediate improvement in their condition. This will depend primarily on the type of condition and the length of time the condition has been present. A chronic or hypersensitive condition can have more sensations than an acute injury.