Cold Laser Therapy is used to treat muscular and nerve pain from sprains, bursitis, tendonitis, and more.

What is cold laser therapy?

Class III Laser Therapy, also known as Cold Laser Therapy, is primarily used to help reduce inflammation, a primary cause for pain. When tissue becomes injured or lacks oxygen and other nutrients, the healing process may slow. Toxins accumulate within the tissue, further blocking the healing process and can result in a thick band of scar tissue forming across the muscle. This band of scar tissue can inhibit movement and restrict the body’s natural range of motion.

How does cold therapy work?

A handheld device is used by the physical therapist and is placed over the injured area for anywhere from 30 seconds to several minutes, depending on the size of the area. Non-thermal photons of light are emitted from the laser and pass through the layers of the skin, having the ability to penetrate 2-5 centimeters below the skin. Once the light reaches the targeted area, it is absorbed and interacts with light sensitive elements in the cell. When these cells absorb the light energy, it initiates a series of events that results in a normalization of damaged or injured tissue.

How often should you do cold laser therapy?

With treatment times generally less than 5 minutes, Cold Laser© is a perfect complement to traditional soft-tissue treatments. Preferably, treatments are administered 2-3 times per week for optimal results.

  • Increases circulation
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Breaks up scar tissue
  • Allows for faster rehabilitation/recovery

At Koh PT, we use the most effective modalities from all around the globe to ensure optimal healing.  Some of these therapies include ShockWave Therapy, Therapeutic Taping, Fascia Stretching, and Active Release Technique.

Benefits of cold laser therapy

Cold Laser Therapy helps to promote circulation as the fresh blood flow is essential to flush out toxins and reduce inflammation, allowing for the body to heal faster.

While only recently cleared by the FDA for use in the United States, Cold Laser has been used extensively throughout the world for more than twenty years. Also known as cold laser or phototherapy, Cold Laser is backed by extensive research with over 500 published studies covering a wide range of conditions.

Recently, this exciting technology was cleared by the FDA for the treatment of pain and stiffness associated with arthritis.

Cold laser therapy can be effective in treating the following conditions

  • Cervical sprain/strain (neck pain)
  • Lumbar sprain/strain (back pain)
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (wrist pain)
  • Plantar Fasciitis (foot pain)
  • Adhesive capsulitis of shoulder (Frozen Shoulder)
  • Lateral Epicondylitis (tennis elbow)
  • Rotator Cuff Tendinitis (shoulder pain)
  • Patellofemoral Disorders (knee pain)
  • Fibromyalgia