Going to physical therapy involves a combination of treatment methods that include manual therapy, guided exercises, and a variety of technical tools. Using a cold laser during treatment is one way of speeding up the healing process for an injury. The laser has many different levels of power that can be applied to almost any type of injury. The goal is to decrease pain, help reduce inflammation, and increase your ability to move as you go through your treatment process.
How Does The Laser Heal The Cells?
A cold laser works by using specific wavelengths of light to interact with tissue and help speed up the healing process. It’s about the size of a flashlight and the head is directed to the injury along the whole nerve root. Unlike other types of lasers, it doesn’t cause your tissues to heat up. By emitting light, the laser stimulates photoreceptors in our skin and the mitochondria in our cells. Damaged cells have a physiological reaction to the light that promotes regeneration and healing. The treatment method was founded on the fact that certain wavelengths of light cause your tissues to heal in different ways. Different wavelengths and outputs are used depending on what exactly you’re trying to treat. There are different protocols to reduce inflammation, decrease pain, heal bones, and even reduce the formation of scarring on the skin. During the procedure, you’ll feel the device against your skin, but it creates no heat, sound, or vibration—making it noninvasive, painless, and completely sterile.
What Can It Treat?
There are different levels of power and lengths of time you can use the laser depending on your injury. Your physical therapist will follow a specific set of instructions for which frequency to run the laser at and how long to hold it to your injury for depending on what they’re trying to treat. Most of the time, your physical therapist will almost always use specific protocols that aim to reduce pain, inflammation, and get rid of contusions. They’ll use different protocols for the laser depending on if you’ve had a fracture, sprain, or strain. The laser can also be used to treat a postoperative wound, which can be set to decrease the appearance of the scar and get that wound healing a little faster. They’ll also base which specific protocols to use depending on what you’re experiencing. For example, if you’re still feeling a little stiffness or feeling pain in certain areas after a fracture, they can adjust the laser slightly to focus more on pain reduction or inflammation treatment.
Incorporating Cold Laser Into Your Treatment
The benefits of bringing cold laser therapy into your treatment program include speeding up your recovery time, helping you heal quicker, reducing numbness, and decreasing pain. The goal of having cold laser treatment while you get treated is for you to heal effectively and quickly. It can be used for a wide range of injuries like sprains, strains, burns, bruises, contusions, and fractures just to name a few. It does take a some time for the results to become obvious, since your body’s healing process develops over time. Cold laser will give your injured tissues the kick they need to initiate and expedite the healing process. Treatment can be as quick as a few minutes of cold laser therapy. Contact Therapydia Rutland if you have any questions about how cold laser therapy can be integrated into your physical therapy treatment program.