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Cold Laser Therapy in Lethbridge

Are you experiencing pain that’s making it difficult to perform everyday tasks? If yes, cold laser therapy may help. Why is it called cold laser? Because the low levels of light are unable to heat your body’s tissue. Compared to other forms of laser therapy, the level of light is low. Cold laser therapy is low-intensity laser therapy that promotes healing while using low levels of light.

How Does It Work?

During this procedure, various wavelengths and outputs of low-level light are applied directly to the particular area of concern. The body tissue then absorbs the light. The red and near-infrared light produce a reaction, and the damaged cells respond with a physiological reaction that promotes regeneration. Surface tissue is typically treated with wavelengths between 600 and 700 nanometers (nm). For deeper penetration, we can use wavelengths between 780 and 950.

Cold laser therapy is painless and non-invasive. It’s a quiet therapy and you won’t feel any vibration or heat. Each treatment takes only a few minutes, making it an efficient modality.

What Is the Goal of Cold Laser Therapy?

The goal of laser therapy is to provide light energy units from red and infrared laser radiation, called photons, to cells that are damaged. It’s widely thought that photons absorbed by the cells through laser therapy encourage the mitochondria to accelerate production of ATP. This biochemical boost in cell energy is used to convert live cells from a state of illness to a healthy state.

Conditions cold laser can address includes:

  • Bursitis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Knee pain

  • Ligament sprains
  • Lower back pain
  • Muscle strains
  • Neck pain

  • Planta fasciitis
  • Tendonitis
  • Tennis elbow

Many people would like to avoid surgery and steer clear of medications. Cold laser therapy is completely non-invasive and chemical-free. There also are no side effects associated with cold laser therapy. That’s not the case with medication or surgery. It’s no wonder we have many patients who seek out this therapy at Achieve Health and Wellness.

Cold laser therapy is also beneficial for those who have had knee replacement surgery. We have two patients that we are treating postsurgical knee replacement and they love the laser!

If you’ve experienced whiplash as the result of a car accident or if you’ve been hurt in a work-related accident, cold laser therapy could provide effective relief.

Major Benefits of Cold Laser Therapy

Accelerates wound healing. The energy from the cold laser quickens cellular growth and reproduction and prompts the development of fibroblasts. These are cells that play an essential role in wound healing. The result—you can recover from your injury quicker.

Reduces swelling and inflammation. Swelling and inflammation can be considered part of the body’s natural response to an injury, but they often produce discomfort and impede a person’s ability to move the damaged area. With less swelling and inflammation, you can have less bruising and discomfort and greater mobility.

Decreases scar tissue. Cold laser therapy decreases the formation of fibrous tissue during the recovery process, so there’s less scar tissue formation as surgical incisions, scratches, cuts and burns heal.

Improves vascular activity. Treatment with laser energy encourages blood and lymph circulation, flooding the affected tissue with the raw materials the body needs to perform repairs on its tissues.

Stimulates nerve function. When nerve function in damaged tissue lags, numbness or loss of function can result. The light energy emitted by the cold laser promotes the recovery and reconnection of nerve cells. As a result you can experience feeing at the injury site.

Reduces pain. Cold laser therapy addresses pain in several ways. It supports quicker healing and a shorter recovery time which means less time spent being in pain. More directly, this therapy is effective in reducing the following: inflammation, swelling, scar tissue and nerve dysfunction.


Does it hurt?

No, cold laser therapy is painless. We tell people that they will feel gentle warmth in the area as the laser is on there for a few minutes. It’s increasing circulation and driving more oxygen into the damaged tissue that’s necessary for cellular healing.

How often do I need to get care?

Initially, we will have you come in every day for three days and then every other day to get a total of 4-5 treatments.

Have studies be done on cold laser therapy’s effectiveness?

Yes, more than 4000 studies have been conducted in recent years to validate the effectiveness of cold laser therapy.

Can laser therapy work with other types of modalities?

Yes, cold laser works well with chiropractic care, acupuncture and physical therapy, for example.

Book a Session Today

Wondering if cold laser therapy could benefit you? Contact our practice today to schedule a session!

Cold Laser Therapy Lethbridge AB | (403) 942-4357