Cold Laser – Low Level Light Therapy

Cold lasers are FDA cleared devices that improve circulation and provide pain relief through a process called “bio-stimulation” similar to a Massage Therapy treatment only more focused and more powerful.

 BENEFITS OF LOW LEVEL LASER THERAPY

● PAIN RELIEF -desensitizes nociceptors

● Promotes healing by increasing protein synthesis via increased ATP production

● Increased blood flow in the microcirculation

PHYSIOLOGICAL EFFECTS

● Biostimulation, including increased cellular metabolism

● Improved blood flow via vasodilation

● Analgesic effect by desensitizing peripheral nociceptors

● Anti-inflammatory and anti-edema by decreasing “soup”(1)

● Stimulation of wound healing

1.  What’s this “soup?”

From the journal “NEW FRONTIERS IN THE PATHOPHYSIOLOGY OF MYOFASCIAL PAIN, Sumer 2012, authored by Jah Shah, M.D. and JULIANA HEIMUR, BA

“We chose to investigate the levels of biochemical substances known to be associated with sensitization, pain, intercellular signaling, and inflammation (e.g., inflammatory mediators, neuropeptides, catecholamines, cytokines, etc.)that are released from and act on muscle, nerve, and connective tissue. Results from studies on the upper trapezius muscle indicate that active MTrPs have a unique biochemical milieu compared to latent MTrPs and muscle without palpable MTrPs. Subjects with neck pain secondary to an active MTrP had significantly elevated local levels of endogenous substance P (SP), calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP), bradykinin (BK), serotonin/5-hydroxytryptamin (5-HT), norepinephrine (NE), tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α), and interleukin-1β (IL-1β) compared to carefully matched controls (10-12). Interestingly, compared to controls, subjects with active MTrPs in the upper trapezius alsohad elevated levels of these biochemicals in a remote, unaffected muscle (the gastrocnemius) (11,12).”

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