Cold low level laser therapy is a special, state-of-the-art treatment that can be used to help speed the recovery of so many tissues and joints in the body. Most people think us chiropractors as only “back doctors”. Patients in our office quickly learn we love to help you feel better in all areas, including those in your upper and lower extremities. Shoulders, elbows, knees, even toes… all of these areas can be misaligned, and we can help you with any of them.
Laser therapy uses infrared light to reduce pain levels and heal tissues that have
been damaged. It can be used to speed up the recovery of sprained ligaments in the
neck after a car accident, or to help resolve that tennis elbow that’s been bugging you lately. It also helps with disc problems in the spine – if you’ve had pain that travels down your arm or leg, or have been diagnosed with a “bulging disc,” the laser will aid in a quicker recovery from such an injury.
Laser therapy works in two ways. First, it helps to reduce inflammation in the area where it’s applied. Inflammation is the primary cause of pain in your body, and results from an increase in blood flow to a particular area of the body. When inflammation decreases, so does pain! Secondly, the light from the laser safely penetrates your skin to affect an injured area on a cellular level. It stimulates the cells’ powerhouses, called mitochondria, and boosts energy so that repairs can be made on that microscopic level. This leads to faster healing time with any tissue, whether it’s muscular strain, a ligament sprain (like a twisted ankle), a skin condition that could use a boost, or even a broken bone! If you or anyone you know has been having pain or problems in their shoulder, wrist, ankle, or somewhere you might not initially think a chiropractor could help, remember that we can help you get out of pain, even if your back or neck aren’t involved!