If you are experiencing pain and discomfort, you are probably considering which treatment options are best for you. While pain medication is a short-term fix, it doesn’t help for very long and is bad for you in the long term. One excellent therapeutic treatment that can provide you with the relief you are looking for is cold laser therapy.
What is Cold Laser Therapy?
There are a few ways to treat ongoing injuries and chronic pain. One very common way is with chiropractic care. Another popular option provided by Achieve Health and Wellness is cold laser therapy. Dr. Fisher provides outstanding cold laser therapy services for patients that need relief from ongoing discomfort. Cold laser therapy is a non-surgical technique that helps with alleviating ongoing pain and discomfort, while also improving function.
Photobiomodulation for Pain Relief and Healing
Cold laser therapy (also known as low-level laser therapy) is a procedure that utilizes therapeutic lasers to help provide pain relief and discomfort for patients. The form of lasers that are used are lower frequency than surgical lasers, making them very safe and pain-free. The beam passes through the skin to the nerves, muscles, and connective tissue below without cutting or burning. The laser energy facilitates a process called Photobiomodulation. Cells are signaled by amplified light frequencies to manufacture more ATP. This is the fuel the body needs for cell reproduction and self-repair. With additional ATP, the tissues of the patient can heal themselves thoroughly and quickly.
While cold laser therapy provides outstanding benefits within the cells, it also helps outside of the cells. Laser therapy causes blood vessels to dilate, which increases blood flow to the treatment site and encourages inflammatory substances to exit the tissue. This leads to a natural reduction in pain, swelling, and muscle tension without the need for any drugs. This makes it a safe alternative to painkillers.
What is Cold Laser Treatment Used For?
Cold laser therapy stimulates healing and eases pain, among a lot of other outstanding benefits. Cold laser therapy can be used for the treatment of:
- Arthritis pain and stiffness
- Chronic pain problems such as fibromyalgia and carpal tunnel syndrome
- Wound healing
- Nerve damage
- Muscle strains and sprains
Combined with other healing methods, cold laser therapy is that much more effective. One of the best treatments that you can benefit from in combination with cold laser therapy is chiropractic treatment.
What is Chiropractic Treatment?
Chiropractic treatment (chiropractic) is a form of medical care that focuses on diagnosis and treatment of the neuromusculoskeletal system. This includes muscles, nerves, tendons, bones, and ligaments.
Chiropractors are well-trained medical professionals that make adjustments to the spines of their patients in order to improve mobility, treat discomfort, increase functionality, and eliminate pain. This form of care is the perfect complement to cold laser therapy and may also be used in combination with massage and physical therapy.
If you require chiropractic treatment, reach out to Achieve Health and Wellness. We offer high-quality treatment services for patients that are experiencing discomfort, pain, limited range of motion, soreness, and other issues that affect the neck, spine, and other areas. If you would like to learn more about treatment or set an appointment, reach out today.
The Chiropractic Process
Chiropractic treatment is generally quick and pretty straightforward. During your first visit, you’ll be expected to fill out some paperwork discussing your medical history and current symptoms. Once this is complete, your chiropractor will perform an initial exam. This may include an x-ray. Then, an adjustment is performed. The chiropractor will use sudden jolts to realign your spine. They may do this by hand or with the help of a specialized tool.
You should expect your alignment to last around 30 minutes.
It’s important to understand that chiropractic treatment is not magic. While some patients leave experiencing complete relief, others do not notice any immediate changes. Multiple rounds of treatment are required for some patients to resolve the issues they are facing. Often, the severity of the injury will be a major factor.
Reasons for Chiropractic Treatment
There are a few reasons why you may be requiring chiropractic treatment. Some of these include:
- Car Accident
If you’ve recently been involved in a car accident and you are experiencing pain and soreness in your neck, you may be experiencing whiplash. This is a form of injury that occurs when the head is snapped back and forth. Chiropractic care can assist in recovery from whiplash.
- Sports Injury
Sports—especially contact sports—can lead to different forms of injury. This includes back and neck injuries. If you’ve been injured in a sport and you are experiencing neck and/or back pain, soreness, and discomfort, you may have a misalignment in your spine. Reach out to Achieve and we can take a look to see if an alignment is required to address the issue.
- Slips and Falls
Slips and falls are common reasons for injuries that cause misalignment. While it may hurt a little after you fall down, if this turns into chronic pain or you are experiencing severe pain, you likely have a more serious injury that needs to be addressed. Dr. Fisher will perform an exam and may take an x-ray to see the extent of the injury. He then may recommend chiropractic care and cold laser therapy to help with the healing process.
Contact Achieve Health and Wellness Today!
If you are experiencing pain, tenderness, stiffness, soreness, nerve damage, strains, and other discomforts, consider setting an appointment with Dr. Fisher at Achieve Health and Wellness. He will perform an examination and let you know what form of care is right for you. This may include chiropractic treatment, physical therapy, massage, and/or cold therapy treatment.
We look forward to speaking with you and helping you with your aches and pains.