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Hi, my name is Dr. David Kulla. Today, we’re here to discuss and understand the benefits of Cold Laser Therapy, or Low-Level Laser Therapy. Cold Laser Therapy is a non-invasive treatment that uses low-powered lasers or light-emitting diodes to stimulate healing in various tissues. While the term ‘cold’ suggests that the laser is cold to the touch, it actually refers to the fact that it doesn’t produce heat like surgical lasers. So, this video, we’re going to explore the biological effects of cold laser therapy on the blood, the soft tissue like your muscles, tendons and ligaments, and bones, and the biological benefits that Cold Laser Therapy can bring.
Cold Laser Therapy increases cellular metabolism and promotes the body’s natural healing processes. When applied to the skin, the laser light penetrates the tissue and is absorbed by cells within the body. This absorption triggers a cascade of biological responses that can help reduce pain and inflammation, and promote tissue repair and improve your circulation as well. Now, for low-level laser therapy and its effects on the blood. Cold Laser Therapy has been shown to increase blood flow and oxygenation to the affected area, which can help speed up the healing process. And it does this by causing the release of nitric oxide, a molecule that relaxes blood vessels and increases blood flow.
This increased blood flow can help deliver nutrients and oxygen to the tissues and remove waste products and toxins. This can result in reduced pain, inflammation, swelling, enhanced tissue healing and recovery from injury. That’s how it affects your blood. Now, let’s talk about Cold Laser Therapy and its effect on soft tissue like muscles, tendons and ligaments. Cold Laser has been shown to have various effects on the soft tissue including reducing inflammation, pain, promoting tissue repair, like I had mentioned, and increasing collagen production. Cold Laser Therapy can help enhance cellular energy production and metabolism by improving mitochondrial function leading to improved tissue repair and regeneration.
Mitochondria are the cell’s powerhouses that produce ATP; the body’s energy currency. Cold Laser has been found to stimulate and improve mitochondrial function by increasing the production of ATP and enhancing the activity of cytochrome c oxidase, a critical enzyme in the electron transport chain in the mitochondria. Collagen is a critical component of connective tissue, and is essential for maintaining the strength and flexibility of muscles, tendons and ligaments. When applied to soft tissue, laser light can help stimulate the production of adenosine triphosphate; ATP, the primary energy source for the cells, and this increases energy production, can help cells function more efficiently, and again, promote tissue repair.
So LLLT has a lot of benefits, and it also can benefit bones like osteopenia, osteoporosis. It’s been shown to affect bone healing positively. When applied to the bone, the laser light can help stimulate the production of osteoblasts, which are the cells responsible for bone formation. This can help speed up the healing process and improve bone density. In addition, Cold Laser Therapy has been shown to reduce pain inflammation associated with neurological conditions, as well as tendonitis and arthritis. A laser can help improve mobility and quality of life for those with these types of conditions.
Here’s a list of some of the conditions that Cold Laser Therapy treats, and I may be missing a few: Carpal tunnel syndrome, low back pain, disc herniations, disc bulges, sciatica, tendonitis, ankle sprains, plantar fasciitis, rotator cuff tears, neck pain, migraine headaches, tennis elbow, like lateral epicondylitis or golfer’s elbow on the inside of the elbow, TMJ or TMD problems, Trigeminal or occipital or facial neuralgia, Bell’s Palsy, rib fractures, fractures anywhere in the body except for the eye orbit, shoulder arthritis, knee arthritis, hand and finger arthritis, joint pain, torn meniscus, costochondritis, tietze syndrome, lymph drainage, pre-surgical laser and post-surgical, ACL and PCL repairs, knee replacements, hip replacements.
In conclusion, you can see it’s a long list. Cold Laser Therapy is a safe, non-invasive treatment that has been shown to have various biological effects on the blood, soft tissue, and bone. Promoting cellular metabolism and natural healing processes that can help reduce pain and inflammation, promote tissue repair, and improve circulation. While more research is needed to understand the mechanisms behind Cold Laser Therapy fully, it has shown a lot of promise as a safe and effective treatment option for various conditions. If you’re interested in exploring Cold Laser Therapy as a treatment option, consult Synergy Wellness in New York City, your laser rental and Cold Laser Therapy health care professional to determine if it’s the right fit for you. Thanks for tubing in.
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Dr. David Kulla, D.C.
Dr. David Kulla graduated from Life University in Atlanta, Georgia with a Doctorate in Chiropractic. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Hofstra University in New York. Dr. Kulla was very fortunate to be under chiropractic care before he started his doctorate program. While attending college, he interned with his professional mentors, helping to gain a wide range of therapeutic tools he would later use in a clinical setting. Working as a fitness trainer gives him great insight into injury rehabilitation and working with the disabled population has given him the compassion needed to be a well-rounded, successful Chiropractor in New York City.