Cold Laser Therapy

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What is cold laser therapy?

Cold laser therapy is low-intensity laser therapy that stimulates tissue healing while using low levels of light. This technique is called “cold” laser therapy because the low levels of light aren’t enough to heat your body’s tissue. The level of light used is much lower compared to other forms of laser therapy, such as those used to destroy tumors and perform eye surgeries. Surgical and aesthetic lasers heat the tissue being treated; however, cold laser therapy does not. Cold laser therapy is known as low-level laser therapy (LLLT) and/or photobiomodulation.

How does cold laser therapy work?

During this procedure, different wavelengths and outputs of low-level light are applied directly to a targeted area. The body tissue then absorbs the light. The red light causes a reaction, and cells respond with a physiological healing reaction that promotes regeneration.

Although you’ll feel the laser device touching your skin, the procedure is painless and noninvasive. Each treatment typically takes only a few minutes.

Doctors of Chiropractic, Dentists, Physical Therapists, Sports Medicine Clinicians and other medical professionals use cold laser therapy in a variety of ways. The main uses for cold laser therapy are to repair injured tissues and extreme relief from pain and inflammation.

What happens during the procedure?

Cold laser therapy is administered with a small handheld device in an office setting. It’s a noninvasive procedure that can be performed by a chiropractic doctor, medical clinician, or physical therapist.

The doctor will hold the handheld device close to or touching the skin for 30 seconds to a few minutes. The length of time is determined by the wavelength and the area being treated.

The light energy will pass through the skin and into your tissues where it will be absorbed. The light energy helps to decrease inflammation and promote safe and effective healing of damaged tissue.

Sometimes it will take a single treatment to feel significant improvements. The number of treatments can vary depending on your individual condition. You may need to return several times per week for a month or so depending on the severity of the injured tissue that you present with and how chronic is the condition.

Does the procedure hurt?

You might feel a slight tingling sensation but won’t feel hot or cold. There’s no lengthy recovery time, so you can go home right away, and it’s also painless.

Minor injuries and sprains

Chiropractic, Sports medicine and physical therapy practices often use cold laser therapy in the treatment of minor injuries and sprains, such as:

It can also be used to help reduce swelling and promote healing of joints and soft tissue.


Chiropractors and Dentists use cold lasers to treat inflamed tissues in the mouth and to heal ulcerations. Doctors use it to treat inflammation caused by rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and other chronic autoimmune diseases.

Aches and pains

Pain clinics use cold laser therapy to help people with acute or chronic pain from conditions such as fibromyalgia and carpal tunnel syndrome.

Skin rejuvenation

Red light therapy is used to encourage skin rejuvenation. Dermatologists use it to treat various skin problems, including:

Wound healing

Cold laser therapy is also used to treat difficult-to-heal wounds, including wounds related to diabetes.


Acupuncturists use cold laser therapy for clients who are uncomfortable with needles. The low-level laser beams can stimulate your acupoints the same way needles do, but without piercing your skin.

Future uses

The potential for new applications for cold laser therapy is virtually limitless. Researchers are studying its use in hopes that it can help treat a variety of ailments and conditions, including:

Is cold laser therapy for you?

    The use of cold laser therapy is growing in traditional medical practice and as a complementary or alternative therapy. It is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for several conditions.

    Cold laser therapy is considered safe when performed under the care of a doctor or qualified practitioner. On the plus side, it’s also noninvasive and painless. It doesn’t require medication or other preparation either.

    What’s the takeaway for people interested in cold laser therapy?

    Research into the effectiveness and safety of cold laser therapy is ongoing; however, proponents feel that it can be a good alternative for people who want to avoid invasive treatments.

    If you’re interested in cold laser therapy, speak with a chiropractor, primary care physician, physical therapist, or other medical professional to find out more and if it makes sense for you. You have nothing to lose and greater healing to gain.

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