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Cold Laser Therapy

WHAT IS COLD LASER THERAPY?

Cold laser therapy is a non-invasive, safe, and effective treatment where laser light is used to relieve pain, reduce inflammation and promote wound healing and soft tissue repair.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Light travels in bundles of energy known as photons. When these photons penetrate the skin, they trigger biological changes within the body. An example is sunlight, which triggers the production of vitamin D in the skin, and also the production of melanin. The light emitted by the Irradia MD Laser concentrates these photons and, when they are absorbed by the body, positive biological changes take place. Chief among these reactions is the photo-reduction of a key enzyme in the mitochondrial respiratory chain called cytochrome C oxidase. This increases the cells’ ability to produce ATP, the body’s “energy currency.” Cold laser therapy thereby energizes the cells, stimulating the body’s own healing ability.

HOW IS IT ADMINISTERED?

Treatment with the cold laser is very simple, painless and safe: the laser probe is held in contact with the skin, or a short distance away, until the desired energy dose has been delivered.

HOW EFFECTIVE IS IT?

Most people respond well to cold laser therapy. However, no treatment works for everyone, and approximately one in 10 people will not respond to treatment, or have such a limited response that it is clear that this therapy is not effective for them.

MIGHT IT INTERFERE WITH MY MEDICATIONS?

While cold laser therapy does not interfere with medications, certain medications may interfere with cold laser treatments. For example, steroid medication such as corticosteroid injections, reduces the positive effects of treatment. It is therefore important that you inform the laser practitioner if you are being treated with steroid-based medications.

IS IT SAFE? ARE THERE ANY SIDE EFFECTS?

Yes laser therapy is safe. When a chronic or long lasting problem is treated, pain reaction may occur within 6-24 hours following a treatment session. This is usually positive and means that the chronic situation is changing into a more acute phase, indicating that the healing process has begun. This pain usually lasts for a day and is not an injury caused by the treatment. Artificial implants, metal or pacemakers are not affected by laser therapy. However, as with any other treatment modality, laser therapy should only be administered by a well trained practitioner

WHAT TYPES OF PAINS AND CONDITIONS CAN BE TREATED USING LASER THERAPY?

All pain has some degree of inflammation and therefore can be treated using laser therapy. Laser therapy works to reduce inflammation, increase microcirculation, and promote tissue regeneration. The accelerated healing of tissues results in pain reduction. Low back pain, trigger point pain, sprains, strains, frozen shoulder, tooth pain, sinus pain, sciatica or other nerve pain, fibromyalgia, and osteoarthritis are just some examples of painful conditions that can be successfully treated using laser therapy.

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IS THIS A NEW TECHNOLOGY?

No. laser technology has been used throughout the world for more than six years.

IS IT SUPPORTED BY SCIENCE?

Yes, laser therapy is well documented scientifically. More that 3000 scientific studies have been published in peer-reviewed scientific journals, out of which more than 100 are double-blind trials.

HOW LONG DOES TREATMENT TAKE?

Each treatment session is individualized and can last from a few minutes to an hour. The number of sessions required can vary from just one treatment to 10+ treatments.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

Treatment is provided by our naturopathic doctors, Dr. Ana Lopez, Dr. Karen Nguyen and Dr. David Duizer, and cost is based on how much time is required per treatment. Treatment time can take anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour depending on the body area being treated. If you are a new patient to Finlandia, an initial consult by one of our naturopathic doctors will be required and will include a treatment at that time. Most extended health plans will cover naturopathic consults. Controlled, randomized, double-blind studies have shown that laser therapy is an effective treatment modality for a wide range of indications.