Cold Laser Therapy an alternative therapy for low back pain, carpal tunnel surgery and more.
Low Level Laser Light Therapy
Alliteration at its best!
Light heals. Low level laser light therapy heals quickly. Medical science discovers that superior healing is attributable to the healing power of light.
Laser therapy is successfully used around the world now. No reported long-term or irreversible side effects occur with this treatment. It is safe and very effective.
Did I mention painless? There is zero discomfort with this treatment! It's a sterile and non-invasive, drug free treatment. We are constantly destroying our cellular components and laser treatment counteracts that destruction in just minutes. Bone fractures heal 60% faster with this treatment. If light can heal bones, think what it can do for nerves and muscles.
Benefits of low level light lasers...
- Relieves acute and chronic pains
- Increases tissue repair
- Increases blood supply
- Stimulates the immune system
- Energizes nerve function
- Helps to generate new cells and tissue
- Promotes fast wound healing
- Reduces inflammation
- Increases cell metabolism
- Reduces swelling
An ancient treatment, new applications...
Hippocrates advocated the use of light therapy to heal many conditions. Light is always used to demonstrate healing be it the sun, a heat lamp or a laser.
Laser light has special properties. Lasers are separated into specific wavelengths to give accurately measured pulses of light directly to the cells affected by inflammation, irritation and injury. Low level lasers provide energy to the body with non-thermal photons of light. The immune response is stimulated and healing begins.
The laser is hand held and positioned over the part of the body needing treatment. Most patients feel absolutely nothing, but some have reported slight tingling or warmth. Most of the sensation comes from the actual contact of the hand held unit. The treatment can last from two to 20 minutes and may be repeated daily if needed.
If you have have muscle, nerve or bone injuries that are chronic or old, the treatments may be extended for maximum relief and healing. Scar tissue responds well to low level light laser therapy. A good course of therapy consists of nine to eighteen treatments.
Lasers at 830 nano meters penetrate the skin up to 5 centimeters. This is considerably more than super luminous diodes (SLD's) or light emitting diodes (LED's) which only penetrate to a depth of one to 2.5 centimeters. Be sure you are getting the laser treatment at 830 nm.
Powerful Pain Relief
This week I had to take yet another medical leave from work. I was referred to Dr. Scott Shepard (not the astronaut) for Low Level Laser Light Therapy (LLLLT). My first treatment was truly painless and although I will have to report later on the effectiveness of this treatment, I did discover that my chronic nerve pain could be corrected with this treatment.
Along with chronic nerve pain, patients suffering from any kind of joint or muscle pain are candidates for LLLLT. I have had five surgeries to repair my carpal tunnel nerve entrapment, more commonly known as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome or CTS. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a repetitive stress injury common to anyone who must manipulate small objects with their hand and fingers.
In addition, I have had two ruptured discs in my lower back. Actually the same disc ruptured twice, but I now have plenty of scar tissue to cause my sciatica and foot pain. The LLLLT is supposed to be good for that too.
My therapist reported that she was in a car accident and had a serious break in her leg bone which healed nicely with LLLLT. Even migraine headaches can be helped with laser therapy.
Among other injuries or ailments, LLLLT can help with arthritis, joint pain, back pain, neck pain, bursitis and fibromyalgia. Reports say that heel spurs and plantar fasciitis are treatable by laser therapy.
Practically all musculoskeletal pain is mitigated by low level laser light therapy. And you don't have to get stuck by all those acupuncture needles! It may be possible to avoid surgical intervention of ruptured discs and carpal tunnel syndrome.
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome - A special kind of pain
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is something I hope my worst enemies never have to suffer. The pain is terrible, but there are other problems. The tingling keeps you awake at night. The numbness makes it hard to manipulate small items like your coffee cup. You will have a drinking problem if you have CTS.
Other symptoms of CTS include: burning sensations in the thumb and fingers, pain in the hands and fingers, lack of dexterity, inability to grip or pinch (I lost the ability to snap my fingers), swelling and in severe cases, pain going up into the arms and shoulders. Get help for CTS because it doesn't get better on its own. It only gets worse as the median nerve that is trapped cannot heal itself.
CTS is easily treated with surgery. It's an easy procedure that has you in and out in about an hour. Then the scar tissue starts building and CTS returns eventually. On February 11, 2002 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the ML830™ Cold Laser to be used in the non-surgical treatment and management of CTS. If you can avoid the surgery (or multiple surgeries), I say go for the laser treatment first!
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