San Diego Chiropractor Uses Cold Laser Therapy for Pain Relief Treatment
Cold laser therapy may sound sci-fi, but people have enjoyed its pain relief and injury treatment benefits for nearly three decades. This focused beam of laser light uses a particular wavelength that penetrates through the skin, into muscles, fascia, tendons, ligaments and other tissues. This laser light activates cell regeneration and healing. San Diego chiropractor Dr. Herfindahl is a specialist at using the FDA-approved Erchonia cold laser therapy machine.
How Does Cold Laser Therapy Work?
Low-level laser or “cold laser therapy” uses an infrared light wavelength that activates photoreceptors inside of tissue cells’ mitochondria (energy generators). Tissues damaged by injury or chronic inflammatory processes have mitochondria that can’t produce energy normally. Exposure the cold laser re-starts these cellular generators, triggering the following healing processes:
- Regenerates damaged cells, accelerating tissue repair
- Boosts circulation
- Reduces inflammation and bruising
- Stimulates endorphin production for pain relief
Combined with chiropractic care to enhance the nervous system’s ability to direct healing resources, cold laser therapy can jumpstart healing processes locally, at the injury site. This multifaceted approach speeds up the injury recovery process.
What Does Cold Laser Therapy Feel Like?
Cold laser therapy is extremely comfortable. Unlike “hot” lasers used for laser surgery, our low level laser does not emit any heat. We use a smooth probe that emits the light and run it gently over the injury or area that needs treatment. Therapy sessions can last anywhere from just a few minutes to 15 minutes. In the beginning, our chiropractor may recommend a few sessions a week that taper down to less-frequent maintenance sessions after your injury or condition is recovering. It works wonderfully with chiropractic care to accelerate injury healing.
Cold Laser Therapy for Injury Treatment and Pain Relief
Cold laser therapy is an excellent treatment option for a wide range of injuries and conditions including:
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis)
- Plantar fasciitis
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Joint pain and inflammation
- Arm pain
- Knee pain (Chondromalacia patella and other causes)
- Tendonitis and Tenosynovitis
- Ligament injuries
- Sprains and strains
- Skin conditions (burns, dermatitis, acne, etc.)
- Elbow pain
- Wounds, sores and leg ulcers
- Myofascial trigger points
Schedule an appointment with our San Diego pain management specialist and chiropractor, Dr. Ashley Herfindahl today to find out how cold laser therapy can help you get relief: (619) 295-3885.