Laser Therapy for Pain: The Most Versatile Healthcare Tool of the 21st Century
The goal of Laser Therapy for pain is to photo-bio stimulate chemically damaged cells via specific wavelengths of light.
Laser energy applied through the skin excites kinetic energy within cells by transmitting healing stimuli known as photons or light beams. The skin absorbs these photons via a photo-chemical effect, not photo-thermal; therefore, cold laser therapy does not cause heat damage to the tissues.
Once photons reach the cells of the body, they promote a healing cascade of cellular activities. Laser therapy light can ignite the production of helpful enzymes, stimulate mitochondria, increase blood flow and lymphatic drainage, increase energy production, and promote collagen formation- thereby reducing inflammation and scar tissue.
These mechanisms of action disrupt the pain cycle bringing faster healing and pain relief. This is a critical step in reducing long-term disabling chronic pain syndromes.
Lasers also have an immune modulating effect by activating macrophages within injured tissues. These special white blood cells help to clear cellular debris and remove toxic waste from cells. Simply stated, lasers enable patients to get out of pain faster and heal at the same time.
The Barr Center offers two of the most advanced cold laser therapies used in the industry.
The red light laser is very effective in treating pain and promoting healing and violet light laser is helpful in fighting infections and addressing chronic conditions such as neuropathy.
The cold laser has been called “The Therapy” of the 21st century. In over 1,700 publications, there have been no recorded negative side-effects. This versatile tool is totally safe, non-toxic, and easy to use.
Over the past thirty years of using cold laser therapy, it has become one of the most versatile conjunctive tools we have ever used. It has potent synergistic effects with regenerative and nutritional therapies. It is both doctor and patient friendly.
This promising tool is called the cold laser, the soft laser, the low-power laser, or the low-level laser. The term laser is an acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emissions of Radiation.
All lasers emit coherent, focused light that travels in a narrow beam in one direction.
- High Power, “hot” lasers have shorter wavelengths, which have catabolic effects that can deliberately destroy tissue in cauterizing and surgical applications
- Low Power, “soft”, “cool”, or “cold” lasers have longer wavelengths that have anabolic effects that promote rapid reduction of pain, accelerate healing time, and accelerate growth and repair
Cold lasers or low-level laser therapy (LLLT) have stimulative effects rather than destructive ones. Clinical applications of the cold laser have included acute and chronic pain reduction from many etiologies, inflammation reduction, enhanced tissue healing, and cell regeneration. The results have shown very rapid pain reduction and accelerated recovery times, far exceeding conventional methods.
Therapeutic Laser Biological Effects:
- Rapid Cell Growth — Laser light accelerates cellular reproduction and growth.
- Faster Wound Healing — Laser light stimulates fibroblast development and accelerates collagen synthesis in damaged tissue.
- Increased Metabolic Activity — Higher outputs of specific enzymes, greater oxygen and food particle loads for blood cells and thus greater production of the basic food source for cells, Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP).
- Reduced Fibrous Tissue Formation — Laser light reduces the formation of scar tissue following tissue damage from cuts, scratches, burns or post-surgery.
- Anti-Inflammatory Action — Laser light reduces swelling caused by bruising or inflammation of joints to give enhanced joint mobility.
- Increased Vascular Activity — Laser light induces temporary vasodilation increasing blood flow to damaged areas.
- Stimulated Nerve Function — Slow recovery of nerve function in damaged tissue can result in “dead” limbs or numb areas. Laser light speeds the process of nerve cell reconnection to bring the numb areas back to life
For over 20 years, clinicians found that laser therapy for pain treats a variety of chronic conditions including:
- Acute and Chronic Pain
- Back Pain
- Carpal Tunnel
- Ligament Sprains
- Muscle Strain
- Soft Tissue Injuries
- Tennis Elbow
- Peripheral Neuropathy
Decreases pain and inflammation while increasing range of motion.
The Barr Center lasers made history by becoming the first to receive FDA market clearance for the treatment of chronic pain and increasing range of motion, proven through two double blind IRB studies.
Our Erchonia Lasers are the most advanced lasers on the market, with their sleek revolutionary design, patented line generated beam, and the ability to program independent frequencies in all of their family of lasers. It has been found to be extremely beneficial for enhancing and accelerating wound healing and reducing acute inflammation.
Unlike high power lasers that use heat and destroy tissue, low energy lasers affect the cellular energy of the underlying tissue. Hot lasers have a thermal effect and have an output of 1MW or above. Cold (or) Low Level Lasers do not have a thermal effect on tissue: lasers that stimulate biological function have an output below 10mw- milliwatts (ten- one thousandths of a watt).
With over 200 clinical studies – many of which are double-blind, placebo-controlled – and in excess of 2,000 published articles on LLLT (low-level laser therapy), this innovative technology has a well-documented research and application history. Having grown far beyond its distant Institutional Review Board (IRB) and experimental treatment status, LLLT is now being considered a therapy of choice for difficult pain management challenges such as fibromyalgia and myofascial pain.
Low Level Laser Therapy for pain is FDA-cleared to successfully treat many conditions such as acute and chronic pain reduction, repetitive use disorders like carpal tunnel syndrome, soft tissue strains and sprains, inflammation reduction, enhanced tissue wound healing, and cell regeneration.
Barr Center cold laser therapy for pain is low risk and has a high therapeutic benefit.
- Virtually No Contra-Indications
- Easy to Apply
- No Side Effects or Pain
- Very Safe
- Highly Effective for Patient (more than 90% efficacy)
- Superior Alternative to: Analgesics, NSAID’s, Other Medications, Other Modalities
- Can Reduce the Need for Surgery
Find out how cold laser therapy for pain may be helpful to you by contacting us via email at [email protected] or give us a call at 757-578-2260.