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Cold Laser Therapy at Mills Chiropractic & Wellness Center

cold laser therapy on armAt Mills Chiropractic & Wellness Center, we’re passionate about helping our patients heal faster and find relief from pain and inflammation. One of the most promising therapies we offer is non-invasive cold laser therapy, also known as low-level laser therapy (LLLT) or photobiomodulation (PBM). This innovative treatment harnesses the power of light to accelerate healing, reduce inflammation, and alleviate pain.

How Cold Laser Therapy Works

During a cold laser therapy session, Dr. Mills directs a beam of fine-tuned red/near-infrared light toward the area of concern, such as a site of pain, injury, inflammation, or scar tissue. The body absorbs the light energy, which stimulates the production of ATP in the mitochondria of the cells.

This boost in cellular energy turbocharges the cells’ natural healing processes, allowing them to repair and regenerate more efficiently. The result is reduced pain, decreased inflammation, and faster healing times.

What Conditions Can It Address?

Our state-of-the-art cold laser can effectively treat a wide range of musculoskeletal conditions and nerve entrapment syndromes. Some of the most common conditions we address include

  • Injured or inflamed joints throughout the body
  • Muscle, ligament, or tendon injuries (e.g., tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, plantar fasciitis, shoulder tendonitis)
  • Nerve-related conditions (e.g., carpal tunnel syndrome, sciatica)

Why This Therapy Over Other Treatment Options?

One of the most remarkable benefits of cold laser is that it only adds energy (light) to your body. We trust the body’s natural ability to heal and see our role as supporting that process. By adding energy to struggling cells, the laser enhances their repair efforts without overriding or altering your body’s natural functions.

What to Expect During a Session

Most sessions are quick and comfortable, lasting only 5-10 minutes. You’ll be positioned comfortably in a private room while Dr. Mills or an assistant places the handheld laser device directly on your skin over the treatment area. The laser settings will be customized to your specific needs, and you may feel a gentle warmth as the laser increases blood flow to the area, but the therapy isn’t painful.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is cold laser therapy safe?

Yes, this therapy is generally considered safe when performed by a trained practitioner like Dr. Mills. The low-level light used in this therapy does not generate heat, making it a non-invasive and comfortable treatment option.

How many sessions are needed?

The number of sessions required depends on the individual and the condition being treated. Many patients notice improvements after just one or two sessions, while others may need a series of treatments to achieve optimal results.

Is this therapy suitable for everyone?

While most people can get cold laser therapy, there are some contraindications. These include electrical implants, surgical devices, tattoos, wounds, and cancers. Individuals with epilepsy and pregnant women may need special considerations or should avoid this therapy altogether.

Does it feel cold? Why is it called cold laser?

The “cold” is used to distinguish this type of laser from other types of lasers which produce heat. For example, surgical lasers that are used to cauterize tissue, or laser hair removal devices that burn hair follicles. The wavelengths of light used in cold laser therapy produce no heat on their own. However, some patients report a feeling of warmth in the treatment area as the laser increases blood flow.

Resources and Education

Glass GE. Photobiomodulation: The Clinical Applications of Low-Level Light Therapy. Aesthet Surg J. 2021 May 18;41(6):723-738. doi: 10.1093/asj/sjab025. Erratum in: Aesthet Surg J. 2022 Apr 12;42(5):566. PMID: 33471046.

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Take the First Step Toward Healing

If you’re struggling with pain, inflammation, or slow-healing injuries, contact Mills Chiropractic & Wellness Center today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Mills! We want to help you achieve lasting relief and accelerated healing.

Cold Laser Therapy Olathe KS | (913) 764-5900