Cold Laser Therapy - Too Good To Be True?
Cold Laser Therapy (aka Low Level Laser Therapy and Photobiomodulation) appears too good to be true because it seems to do many things, but it's primary effect simple and profound: It reduces oxidative stress.
Oxidative stress is accepted as the underlying trigger for most diseases and degenerative conditions. It is also a component in the inflammatory phase of acute and chronic injuries. Extensive research during last two decades has revealed that oxidative stress can lead to chronic inflammation, which in turn contributes to chronic diseases including cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, neurological disorders and pulmonary diseases.
The use of visible and near-infrared (NIR) light for reducing pain, inflammation and edema, has been known for almost forty years. The effects of photobiomodulation, as it is known scientifically, are photochemical – just like photosynthesis in plants. With the correct dosage (requires the correct power, frequency and application time), light reduces oxidative stress and increases ATP (cellular energy). This in turn improves cell metabolism and reduces inflammation. Light is absorbed at the cellular level, targeting the cause of inflammation by reducing oxidative stress.
Cold Laser Therapy - Benefits
The ultimate benefits include tissue repair and regeneration, reduced pain and inflammation, reduced scar tissue formation, and accelerated healing time from injury. Cold laser therapy is indeed too good--but not too good to be true. If you have doubts, then listen to these testimonials.