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When you think of lasers, you may conjure images of high-energy cutting tools or even science-fiction weaponry -- but there's another type of laser available, one that can heal sports injuries, treat muscle strain, and relieve chronic discomfort. This technology is known as low-level or "cold" laser therapy. A beam of amplified light can actually boost your healing powers and relieve inflammatory symptoms easily and painlessly. Better yet, you can get this form of therapy from our chiropractor in Odessa TX, Dr. Mehaffey, here at Back Pain Institute.
Lasers deliver concentrated beams of amplified light at various wavelengths and power levels. Many people are familiar with the surgical lasers that can make incisions and seal wounds with pinpoint precision. But lasers can also be highly useful at lower energy levels. Cold laser therapy makes use of a frequency range far lower than that of a surgical laser. The resulting beam doesn't cut or burn -- instead, it passes through the skin and into underlying tissues without leaving such much as a mark or causing any discomfort.
But the real magic occurs after the beam reaches its target (anywhere from 2 to 5 centimeters beneath the skin surface). The amplified light stimulates cellular structures to produce more of a "fuel" called ATP, a reaction known as photobiomodulation. With these extra resources, damaged or ailing cells can repair themselves more quickly and completely, greatly accelerating the healing process. Additionally, the energy of the laser increases blood flow to the tissues being treated, helping them expel inflammatory toxins and fluids while providing them with healing nutrients.
Cold laser therapy is a powerfully effective means of treating a wide range of conditions. Its ability to ease pain and promote tissue repair makes it invaluable for muscle strain and tendonitis issues such as knee pain, wrist pain, tennis elbow, and other sports injuries. In addition to injury rehabilitation, our Odessa chiropractor may also prescribe cold laser therapy for chronic pain management. This safe, drug-free form of treatment can be used to help control nagging problems such as arthritis, neuropathy, and fibromyalgia. It has proven itself to be up to 90 percent effective, in some cases eliminating the need for pain medications or surgery.
While the outstanding majority of people can benefit from cold laser therapy, it isn't necessarily right for every individual. Pregnancy, cancer, bleeding disorders, and certain other circumstances may direct us toward one of our many other natural treatment options for your condition. We may also use cold laser therapy as just one element in a multi-modal treatment plan for optimal results.
Find out whether cold laser therapy is the pain management or injury rehabilitation tool you've been looking for. Call (432) 332-3388 for a consultation with our Odessa chiropractor!
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