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Cold Laser Therapy

Cold Laser Therapy Specialist

Patients of the Pro-Care Medical Center can visit the conveniently located offices in Austin and San Antonio, TX for state of the art cold laser therapy treatments.

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Cold Laser Therapy Q & A

What is cold laser therapy?

Low-level laser light is a compressed light of a wavelength from the cold, red part of the spectrum, hence the name “cold laser.” The cold laser is very different from natural light. When natural light hits your skin, it produces heat that can damage your skin. Since a cold laser is one color, it is a single wavelength, and its beam can be concentrated in a small area. It can penetrate the skin without heat, damage to your skin, or any known side effects. There are two types of medical lasers: high power and low power. High power lasers are used to cut through tissue while low-power lasers stimulate tissue repair and healing.

What does cold laser therapy do?

Cold laser therapy is an application of red and near infrared light over an injured area to improve soft tissue healing and relieve both chronic and acute pain. Non-heat producing or “cold” laser light energy directs light energy to the body’s cells without injuring them. Cold laser light dramatically boosts the body’s natural healing response. Since near infrared light waves penetrate the deepest of all the visible light waves, cold laser therapy optimizes the positive healing effects in the body, including:

  • Relieves acute and chronic pain
  • Increases the speed, quality, and tensile strength of tissue repair
  • Increases blood supply
  • Stimulates the immune system
  • Stimulates nerve function
  • Develops collagen and muscle tissue
  • Help generate new and healthy cells and tissue
  • Promotes faster wound healing and clot formation
  • Reduces inflammation (swelling)

In conclusion, when red and near infrared light are focused in a “cold laser” and applied through the skin to an injured area, the bodies natural healing response is stimulated, and in many cases, it heals faster and better than without the laser. Cold laser therapy is safe and effective for decreasing pain and healing many conditions.

What are cold laser treatments like?

Most cold lasers look like a flashlight and emit a red beam of light. That beam of light is placed over the cause of your injury or strain for anywhere between 3 and 15 minutes. The laser does not produce any significant amount of heat and is painless. Most patients say they do not feel anything at all. A few have reported a slight “tingling” sensation.

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