You may have heard of cold laser therapy, also known as low level laser therapy (LLLT), in the treatment of pain. Some people may feel apprehensive about trying it out, however, the procedure is entirely non-invasive and painless and takes only 5 to 10 minutes per session! Patients who suffer from temporomandibular disorder (TMD), other kinds of orofacial pain as well as injuries have benefited from laser therapy. We tell you more in this article.
How It Works
As implied by its name, laser therapy makes use of light photons to penetrate the soft and hard tissues of the skin. This light falls within the spectrum of the red to near infrared region. Penetrating deep into the tissues without causing any uncomfortable temperature elevation, laser therapy comes with a regenerative effect, stimulating the cells in the injured tissues, reducing inflammation and speeding up recovery. This lack of heat is also one reason it is known as cold laser therapy.
Laser therapy can achieve the following:
- Reduce tightness in muscles
- Bring down inflammation and swelling
- Stimulate the body’s natural endorphins, reducing the sensation of pain
- Speed up tissue repair and wound healing
- Improve nerve function
- Aid in the regeneration of healthy cells
- … and many more!
Why Laser Therapy?
You may be thinking, why opt for laser therapy when there are medications to manage the pain? For one thing, medications are only a short-term solution, masking the pain for a limited period of time. For some others, it may not even be that effective. Laser therapy is an effective and painless solution that targets the root of the pain and does not come with any unwanted side effects.
How Many Sessions is Needed?
As a perfectly safe and comfortable treatment option, a course of 6 to 12 sessions is usually recommended for patients who wish to reap the full benefits. Of course, this will also depend on your individual health condition. However, many patients have reported an improvement after just 2 to 3 sessions. Our cold laser therapy is backed by evidence-based diagnosis, hence you can enjoy peace of mind knowing you are in safe hands when you come to us for pain management treatments.
Why Choose Head Pain Institute for Cold Laser Treatment?
At Head Pain Institute, our team of head and orofacial pain specialists come with a combined experience of more than eight decades. Holding a Diplomate status from the American Board of Orofacial Pain (ABOP), we have successfully performed more than 12,000 procedures to date. We utilize only state-of-the-art treatment techniques and equipment to give our patients a chance at a new, pain-free existence. No longer wish to rely on over-the-counter medication to manage your pain, or find that it does not work for you? There is a way out at Head Pain Institute.
If you have any inquiries about our cold laser treatments or would like to schedule an appointment, please feel free to contact us.