When you suffer from a chronic pain condition — such as arthritis, lower back pain, neck pain or Headaches— the burden of knowing that your body isn’t working at its best can be almost as troubling as the pain itself. You’re tired of living with the pain, but you don’t want to give up and have surgery or commit to long-term pain meds, either.
At Valley Spinal Care Kierland PLLC — an award-winning chiropractic and wellness practice in Scottsdale, Arizona — we help you achieve your goal of optimizing your body’s own healing powers. Our founder, chiropractor Chris Serafini, DC, recommends noninvasive cold laser light therapy to alleviate a wide variety of injuries and pain conditions, including:
- Sprains and strains
- Herniated or slipped discs
- Plantar fasciitis
- Tennis elbow and runner’s knee
- Lower back and neck pain
- Frozen shoulder
- TMJ and carpal tunnel syndrome
During your consultation, Dr. Serafini conducts a thorough examination to uncover the source or sources behind your chronic pain. He may recommend cold laser therapy to stimulate healing on the cellular level either as a standalone treatment or in combination with other approaches.
How cold lasers help you heal
Cold laser therapy — also known as low-level light therapy or LLLT — uses varying frequencies of infrared and near infrared light waves to trigger biochemical responses in your cells that promote and accelerate healing. The laser energy penetrates up to 5 cm through your skin, reaching deep into your muscles and other tissues to help them repair and rebuild themselves.
Unlike other, higher frequency lasers, cold lasers don’t use heat to wound your tissues and trigger healing. Instead, their photoenergy blocks nerve transmissions, producing an analgesic (pain-numbing) effect. The LLLT stimulates the production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) in cells, creating more energy and boosting the cell’s powers of detoxification and regeneration.
The cold laser energy also initiates a chemical reaction that prompts cells to produce new fibroblasts, which in turn increases the production of tissue-building proteins such as collagen and elastin. The accelerated growth of healthy new tissues also increases the number of blood vessels in the area, to promote greater circulation of blood, oxygen, and other nutrients.
Various treatment sites
Depending on your needs, Dr. Serafini may direct the cold laser therapy to one or more sites on your body to alleviate inflammation and promote tissue growth. He uses cold laser therapy on:
- The injury itself: To promote collagen remodeling and healing
- Nerve cells: To block pain signals
- Trigger points: To relax muscle knots and reduce pain
- Lymph nodes: To reduce inflammation and swelling
If you have a complex case, such as pinched nerves in your neck or lower back, Dr. Serafini may direct the laser’s energy at up to 15 different points.
A simple, painless therapy
Because cold laser therapy doesn’t use heat, you’re comfortable throughout your treatment and you don’t feel the laser. Dr. Serafini simply holds the flashlight-sized LLLT applicator over each treatment site for an average of 30-120 seconds.
You may need a series of treatments to get the degree of pain relief you desire. Your benefits from cold laser therapy increase over time, as your body heals injuries and rebuilds healthy tissues in the weeks to months after your treatment.
To schedule a cold laser consultation so you can say goodbye to pain, call us today or send us a message here on our website anytime.