To help you better understand cold laser therapy, we have collected 10 frequently asked questions and answers in this blog.
1. What is cold laser therapy?
Cold laser therapy is also known as low-level laser therapy (LLLT). It can deliver non-thermal photons of light to the body to help heal injured cells. Cold laser therapy is called “cold” because the low levels of light are not enough to heat your body tissue.
Nowadays, cold laser therapy is regarded as one of the most popular treatments. It is very safe and serves as a complementary or alternative therapy to increase the efficiency of conventional treatments.
2. What health conditions can cold laser therapy help?
Cold laser therapy can stimulate cellular metabolism, improve blood circulation, diminish inflammation, relieve pain and accelerate tissue repair.
Some of the conditions that typically may be treated by cold laser therapy include headaches, sprains, strains, neck pain, back pain, joint pain, sciatica, skin ulcer, carpal tunnel syndrome, frozen shoulder, fibromyalgia, arthritis, tendinitis, bursitis, prostatitis, asthma, chronic bronchitis, etc.
3. What are the advantages of cold laser therapy over other forms of therapy?
As a non-invasive treatment, cold laser therapy does not require a surgical incision. It means that you don’t have to experience unbearable pain and prolonged recovery time.
Cold laser therapy does not have side effects or complications when used properly. So, patients who are worried about the potential dangers of medications prefer to choose cold laser therapy.
4. Is cold laser therapy safe?
Yes. Cold laser therapy has been in use for several decades around the world. Hundreds of clinical studies and scientific papers have documented the effectiveness and safety of this therapy. Cold laser devices are also FDA approved for various conditions.
5. Can I feel the cold laser during the treatment?
Most people feel nothing at all during the treatment session. Some patients will feel a slight tingling sensation brought on by the increased blood flow to the area being treated. Since the laser produces no heat, no burning sensation or warmth can be felt from the device.
6. How long and how often should I use cold laser therapy?
In fact, the treatment time of cold lasers varies from device to device. Take MiraMate Cold Laser Wrist X as an example, we suggest running 1-2 times per day and 30 minutes per session. If you are sensitive to laser treatments, use the device on low power for a short treatment time. You can gradually increase the treatment power after your body adapts to the laser energy.
7. When will cold laser therapy take effect?
The actual effect of cold laser therapy begins at the time of treatment, but generally only becomes noticeable several hours after the treatment. Some patients will feel the relief of pain and experience an increased range of motion right away. If the condition being treated is chronic and severe, it may take several treatment sessions to produce a significant noticeable result.
8. Is cold laser therapy suitable for everyone?
Although cold laser therapy is safe and healthy, it is not recommended in some cases.
Cold laser therapy shouldn’t be used if you have cancer or hemorrhagic diseases. It should also be avoided on the thyroid or eyes. Do not use cold laser therapy if you have a pacemaker. Also, as cold laser therapy has not been proven to be safe for unborn children, pregnant women are not suggested to use this type of treatment.
9. Can I use cold laser therapy for animals?
Yes, cold laser therapy is safe for both humans and animals.
10. Can cold laser therapy be used in conjunction with other forms of treatment?
Yes. In fact, cold laser therapy can be even more effective when combined with other forms of therapy. These may include physical therapy, PEMF therapy, chiropractic, massage, acupuncture, electrotherapy, and following surgery.