Cold laser therapy is FDA approved for treating soft tissue conditions. Laser therapy aims to photobiostimulate chemically damaged cells. It does this by exciting the kinetic energy within cells by transmiting healing energy known as photons. Once the photons reach the cells of the body, they promote a cascade of cellular activities:
- Increase production of enzymes.
- Stimulate mitochondria.
- Increase vasodilation and lymph drainage
- Synthesize ATP
- Elevate collagen formation substances to prevent the formation of scar tissue.
- Increase the number of macrophages.
To simplify, this means that laser therapy aims to speed the healing of many soft tissue conditions by decreasing inflammation, decreasing the formation of scar tissue, and speeding the turnover of the cellular process, and thus alleviating pain. Common conditions for laser therapy are:
- Plantar fasciitis
- Frozen shoulder
A typical treatment schedule for laser therapy is a trial of 6 treatments to see the patient’s response to this therapy. We will then re-evaluate your condition and make any further recommendations based on your response to this trial of care. Each laser treatment lasts approximately 20 minutes per treatment area.