May 25, 2023
As you get your yard work taken care of, you bend down to pick up the grass clippings bag on the mower. Then, when you stand up straight, you throw out your back! You immediately call your chiropractor to help you recover from this injury. The pain is almost unbearable, and you’re desperate for relief.
Unlike many other chiropractors in the area, yours has an additional resource at their disposal—cold laser therapy. Although this may sound like science fiction, this treatment has shown its effectiveness in healing both acute injuries as well as chronic problems, including back pain. But exactly how does this therapy work? How can it be used to help you in this painful situation? Read on to find out.
How Cold Laser Therapy Works
Unlike hot lasers, which are used to sever or cut materials, cold laser therapy actually helps to heal both hard and soft tissues in the body. The gentle waves of light permeate the skin to the injured area and energize the cells with photons. These cells become more receptive to nutrients being sent to the area, and they expand, accelerating the healing process and reducing inflammation.
In addition, cold laser therapy blocks nerve receptors, which stops neurotransmitters from communicating pain to the brain. This means you can experience less discomfort and more range of motion with less tightness and pain.
Like chiropractic care, cold laser therapy is not a one-time treatment. To see real improvement, you may need to go in several times a week initially. Fortunately, the procedure only takes a few minutes, varying based on the size of the treatment area, and it comes with very mild side effects: minor tingling during administration and possibly some skin sensitivity afterward.
Using Cold Laser Therapy for Back Pain
Back pain can result from many different ailments; however, many of them can be treated with cold laser therapy. For instance, if your discomfort originates from muscle strain, the cold laser can be directed to the area to promote faster healing by lessen inflammation better than simply applying ice packs. Often, cold laser therapy is used in conjunction with chiropractic care; when this happens, you can experience an even smoother and potentially quicker recovery.
When you find a chiropractor who takes advantage of this technology, you definitely should make the most of it because it could help you get back to feeling your best again. Cold laser therapy is worth considering adding to your treatment plan to get over your back pain sooner.
About the Author
Since graduating from the Life Chiropractic University in Atlanta, Dr. Chad Wills has continued to develop advanced skills through training and additional coursework. In fact, he is one of two chiropractors in Collier and Lee County who is certified in Chiropractic Biophysics. In his practice, Wills Chiropractic, he has a Class IV K-Laser, which he uses to facilitate healing. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Wills, you can contact the Naples office by calling 239-331-6060 or visiting the Contact Us page.
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