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Cold Laser Therapy
at Schultz Chiropractic & Acupuncture

In addition to many other natural health care modalities, Schultz Chiropractic & Acupuncture offers cold laser therapy. Also known as low-level light therapy (LLLT), cold laser therapy is a relatively new technology. It works by delivering light into the body at specific wavelengths, allowing the regrowth of healthy cells.

Cold laser therapy promotes healing and speeds up the recovery process. Learn more about our approach to cold laser therapy and what it may be able to do for you.

What Is Cold Laser Therapy?

Cold laser therapy requires a low-level, heat-free laser to stimulate the body at a cellular level. The laser light itself does not heal injuries. It speeds up the regeneration of healthy cells, which helps the body heal faster than normal. When the laser light is applied to the target area, the body tissue absorbs the light. The damaged cells react to the red, near-infrared light and regenerate.

Simply put, cold laser therapy excites low-functioning cells that make up tissues. This leads to improved circulation, increased oxygenation of body tissues, and increased production of energy at the cellular level.


The cells that make up our body have receptors that are sensitive to light. Instead of the full spectrum of light that comes from the sun, cold laser therapy produces light in a narrow frequency. Frequencies in the red portion of the rainbow are shown to support the healing of soft tissues.

For cold laser therapy to work as designed, specific wavelengths must be used. To get through outer tissue, we typically use wavelengths between 600 and 700 nanometers (nm.). Deeper penetration requires wavelengths anywhere from 780 nm. to 950 nm.

We use light-emitting diodes (LEDs) to deliver wavelengths of diffused light into the body. LEDs are similar to laser diodes, but unlike the concentrated light from a laser, it spreads out. This diffused light make administration safe and easy.

The process described above is also known as photobiomodulation, meaning that light can produce a cellular change in the body. Photons of light release nitric oxide, which is the body’s natural vasodilator. This greatly increases circulation in the localized area. It also increases blood flow to nerves and other tissues—ultimately, improving the oxygenation that encourages healing.

Cold laser therapy has been known to help people of all ages and conditions. Some of the more common conditions cold laser is compatible with are

  • 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, and bruises
  • Post-surgical sites

Other positive effects of cold laser therapy include reduced swelling, stronger joints, and healthier soft tissue.

Do you relate to any of the above conditions? Cold laser therapy might be a good option for you. Be sure to reach out to us for more information.

Recent studies have shown that the light energy absorbed by the cells through cold laser therapy stimulates the mitochondria to increase the production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP). ATP is the primary source of energy for our cells. This increase in energy production speeds up the healing process of injured or damaged tissue.

Cold laser therapy is becoming more and more popular in both traditional medical practice and alternative health care. Not only is it backed by scientific research, but it is approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to help many conditions. Non-invasive and painless, cold laser therapy does not cause swelling or irritation. It is safe when used on eligible conditions and performed by doctors or qualified practitioners.

FAQ

Does cold laser therapy hurt?

No, not at all. At most, you might feel a warm sensation or slight tingling. This is the body’s natural response to nerves being stimulated and will go away shortly following your session.

Is medication used?

Cold laser therapy does not rely on any medication. It is a drug-free, sterile therapy that focuses on the body as a whole.

How often will I need care?

Every patient heals at a different rate. The frequency of care will be determined based on your response to cold laser therapy. Be sure to contact our practice with questions and concerns about your circumstances.

How long does each procedure last?

Typically, a cold laser therapy session lasts between four and 10 minutes in duration. Six to 20 minutes is the average time it takes from start to finish.

Prior to your procedure, we will determine the extent of your injuries as well as the estimated length of care. If too little time is spent on the target area, your injury might not heal as quickly as it should. If too much time is dedicated to the area of focus, the healing process may cease and more damage can occur.

After how long can I expect to see results?

Most patients experience immediate results. Some, however, need three to eight sessions before recognizing noticeable improvement.

Contact Us Today

Schultz Chiropractic & Acupuncture uses cold laser therapy both alone and as an adjunctive service. Because it is able to address all parts of the body, it lends itself to optimal wellness. When you come in to see us, we will do a comprehensive health evaluation, including health history and physical examination. We want to make sure we are doing what is best for your health.

Contact us to learn more and set up your appointment for cold laser therapy Johnston.
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Cold Laser Therapy Johnston, Urbandale, Ankeny, West Des Moines IA | (515) 270-2924