Hot Stuff: Cold Laser Therapy
Hear the word “laser” and you might imagine beams of light tossed around a scene in the latest sci-fi flick. In fact, cold laser therapy is rooted in science, and it’s effects certainly aren’t fiction. It just might be the non-surgical solution to the chronic pain or slow-to-heal wound that’s been bothering you. Here are three important things you should know about cold laser therapy and how it can help you.
You can thank Albert Einstein
“Laser” is an acronym which stands for “Light Amplification through Stimulated Emission of Radiation.” Einstein proposed the idea of stimulated emission in 1917, which is the physical basis of a laser. Fast forward to 1967 when Dr. Endre Mester of Hungary discovered the laser’s capacity to stimulate hair growth in mice. Laser therapy was born.
Cold laser therapy delivers light energy units right to where it’s needed: damaged cells. The patient’s skin is treated with the laser’s light, and those damaged cells absorb photons. The mitochondria then produces more ATP. The mitochondria is an organelle in the cell responsible for energy production. This increase in energy is what transforms damaged, unstable cells into healed, healthy cells.
Some like it cold laser
As you may have guessed, cold laser therapy is, well, not hot. In fact, this therapy doesn’t feel cold either. Nearly all patients report feeling nothing at all while receiving this treatment. The injured area is covered by the handheld laser for 30 seconds while the treatment is applied. The treatment is non-surgical and non-invasive. Cold laser therapy has no side effects or pain associated with it.
Hear that, Hollywood? A laser that heals!
Find out more – If you think you or someone you know might benefit from this therapy, Dr. Newman and his staff are here to answer your questions regarding this low-risk treatment option. Call our office at 305-666-1402 to learn more.
BY: Dr. Michael Newman
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