Cold laser therapy (CLT), also known as low level laser therapy (LLLT) is a modality that has been used by the medical profession for decades to treat acute and chronic pain conditions ranging from tendonitis and bursitis, to back pain and carpal tunnel syndrome.
CLT is the application of low levels of red and near infrared (NIR) light to cells or tissue by a laser device. The light can be applied to the site of an injury or on trigger points (points of irritability within the muscle that can refer pain into surrounding tissues), where it penetrates the skin and soft/hard tissue. This process results in greater blood flow to the region, the reduction of inflammation and pain at the site, and acceleration in tissue regeneration.
Recently, Jeanne Scheele, PT, PRPC, tested the effectiveness of cold laser therapy, using the ML830 laser, on twenty-two Kaplan Center patients who presented with pelvic pain. Laser application was focused on painful trigger points associated with pelvic pain, and a total of 80 trigger points were then assessed using palpation and rated on a pain scale of 0-10. Following the laser treatment, patients were instructed to use magnesium oil and massage it into the pain site, use heat as needed, and do gentle stretching.
The results showed that 38 pain sites were more than 50% improved
The ML830 cold laser is painless, drug free, non-invasive, and has no side effects. At your next appointment, ask if cold laser therapy is an appropriate treatment for your condition.
Trained and certified on the ML830, cold laser therapy device are physical therapists* Jeanne Scheele, Pat Alomar, Jessica Coleman, and Michele McLellan; and Acupuncturist, Rebecca Berkson.
*A physician’s referral is necessary to be seen a physical therapist.