Cold laser therapy goes by several other names, including low level laser therapy (LLLT), soft laser therapy (as opposed to the hard lasers used in surgical procedures), and low power laser therapy. In some circles, it’s referred to as therapeutic laser therapy, to differentiate it from thermal or surgical lasers. Whatever name is used, the goal is always the same – to heal.
The word “laser” stands for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. Cold lasers supply energy to the body in the form of non-thermal (non-heatproducing) photons of light. This light is transmitted through the skin and fat layers of the body and has the unique property of being able to penetrate two inches or more, causing an increase in cellular metabolism which in turn assists in healing. It does not cause or produce any heat.
When cold laser light waves penetrate deeply into the tissue, they optimize the immune responses of the blood. This results in both anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive effects. Cold laser therapy is extremely safe, and has been approved by the FDA. It has been around for over 30 years with no reports of injury. Studies have shown conclusively that cold laser therapy restores balance, energy and oxygen to sick cells without damaging or affecting healthy ones. This restoration results in accelerated healing and cell regeneration.
Studies have shown that cold laser therapy works by supporting the natural healing process of the body in a variety of ways:
• Naturally produces endorphins, reducing pain in the body
• Increases blood circulation
• Increases the flow of healing enzymes to the injured area
• Stops the influx of fluid to body tissues
• Releases the muscle tightness that creates pain, joint problems and decreased mobility
• Speeds bone repair
• Reduces swelling, redness and heat
• Shown to be antiviral, antifungal, antibacterial and anti-parasitic
Cold laser therapy has been shown to outperform ultrasound treatments and electrical stimulation therapy in enhancing the healing process. Overall, studies have proven that it is the best treatment for reducing injury damage while increasing the strength of repaired tissue and structures. If accelerating the healing process is the ultimate goal, cold laser therapy will return the patient to full function sooner, with less discomfort and minimal long-term deficits. (https://equinewellnessmagazine.com/cold-laser-therapy/)
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