Cold Laser Therapy

History

The fascinating story behind the development of Cold Laser Technologies dates-back to the late 1970’s, when Russian scientists were assigned research projects aimed at boosting the healing capacity of their cosmonauts in the Russian Space Program. These cosmonauts would often suffer major trauma and pain from the turbulent effects of take-off and landing. Laser technology was utilized in part of the program to help their recovery.

After the fall of the Iron Curtain, Cold Laser frequencies were refined for tissue repair and utilised extensively in Russian military hospitals. From there, this type of therapy started spreading throughout the world.

Today Multi Radiance Cold Laser (The Laser used in our Centre) is used in over 30 countries, including 3000 hospitals and 15,000 private practices around the world.

How it works

It’s called Cold Laser because this type of therapy doesn’t heat tissue. It uses a low level laser combining a synchronous frequency of red LED light, infrared light, and infrared laser which passes through a static magnetic field.

Cold Laser or Low Level Laser Therapy, appears improves the signalling within a cell. Cells are filled with ‘organ like’ specialised structures called organelles. One of these organelles called ‘mitochondria’ (which is in charge of a cells energy production) is believed to play a key roll in the clinical response of cold laser.

Mitochondria are believed to have photo receptors (light receptors) which respond to light energy (photonic energy). It seems Cold Laser Therapy may enhance cell communication between its membrane, nucleus and the mitochondria, which ultimately results in the mitochondria being able to produce more energy (Adenosine triphosphate or ATP), which may help the cell function more efficiently.

Cold laser therapy is worth considering along with other treatment approaches that can potentially provide pain relief or pain reduction (3,4), especially for people seeking a treatment without the use of surgery or drugs.

It can be used alone or in combination with a number of other approaches like Chiropractic.

It is still a relatively new treatment option and there is incomplete information about its optimal treatment protocols and further research is constantly developing.

Cold Laser  may help pain, swelling and tissue repair in a range of musculoskeletal conditions such as sprains and strains (3). 

A full physical examination is required to find out if cold laser may help you. 

References

  1. Guzman J, Hurwitz EL, Carroll JL et al. (2008) A New Conceptual Model of Neck Pain: Linking Onset, Course, and Care: The Bone and Joint Decade 2000-2010 Task Force on Neck Pain and Its Associated Disorders. Conceptual Model and Self-Study, Spine 33(4S), 514-523.
  2. Saayman L et el (2011) Chiropractic manipulative therapy and low-level laser therapy in the management of cervical facet  dysfunction: a randomized controlled study. J Manipulative Physiological Therapeutics. Mar-Apr;34(3):153-63.
  3. Howard B Cotler et al. (2015) ‘The Use of Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) For Musculoskeletal Pain’. MOJ Orthopedics & Rheumatology; vol 2 issue 5.
  4. Sirous Momenzadeh (2013); Low Level Laser Therapy for painful joints; review article.  Journal of Lasers in Medical Sciences; SPRING (2013); 4(2); 67-69