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Cold Laser Therapy

laser on arm


The images of of a football ankle sprain. Cold Laser treatment along with V-Force Whole Body Vibration were used.

Day 1, Ankle Injury

Day 1


The patient was 90% improved in 7 days vs. the normal 6 week self healing time, returning the player back to the field to play.

Day 3, Ankle Injury

Day 3

Cold Laser Treating Ankle Injury

Day 7

Healed Injury After Cold Laser Therapy

Day 7

Imagine the surprise when researchers learned that certain light frequencies could actually reduce inflammation and enhance the healing process!

Red bursts of light

Related to the lasers used in scanners, this low level light energy can have positive effects on the body.

Laser light itself does not heal an injury. It speeds up the cellular level to help the body heal itself much faster than it would on its own. Simply put, certain cells that make up tissues, when “excited” with cold laser technology, improves circulation, increases oxygenation of tissues, and increases the production of energy at the cellular level.

When patients learn that we use laser therapy in our practice, they have visions of a powerful, steel-cutting beam of light. The “cold” laser we use has only a tiny fraction of the power. Instead, its value comes from the frequency of the light it emits, not its intensity.

Specific Wavelengths

Instead of the full spectrum of light that comes from the sun, our low level laser produces light in a narrow frequency. Frequencies in the red portion of the rainbow are shown to assist the healing of soft tissues. Cells of our body have receptors that are sensitive to light.

How Does It Work?

We use LED’s to deliver wavelengths of incoherent (diffused) light to the body. LED’s are similar to laser diodes, but their light spreads out, unlike the highly focused beam of coherent light that emits from a laser. This more diffuse light makes administration extremely safe.

This therapy is also known as photobiomodulation, meaning that light can produce cellular change in the body. Photons of light release nitric oxide, which is the bodies natural vasodilator, greatly increasing circulation in the local treatment area. Blood flow is increased to nerves and other tissues, improving tissue oxygenation that stimulates healing. The boost persists for several hours after treatment.

Applications For Use:

  • Acute and Chronic Pain
  • Sprains and Strains
  • Neck and Back Pain
  • Leg Pain
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Wrist Pain
  • Knee Pain
  • Ankle Pain
  • Foot Pain
  • Cuts, abrasions, bruising
  • Post surgical sites

light probe


Laser Light Therapy. This high-tech tool produces light in the red portion of the spectrum, which has been shown to assist in the healing of soft tissues.

Physics/Physiology Behind Light Therapy:

The basic unit of light is the photon. Each photon carries a unique amout of energy depending on factors such as wavelength. When we apply light to biological tissues the energy (photons) are absorbed into the cells and used to power metabolic processes. Our light therapy is in both the 660 and 880 nanometer range (one billionth of a meter), both in the infrared and also in the non-visible range. The end result is faster pain relief and recovery.

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