Laser therapy1 is the term most commonly used to describe the therapeutic application of laser light at low intensity. In general, laser therapy is given at gentle, non-ionizing wavelengths within the red to near-infrared portion of the spectrum and at modest output powers below the threshold of heat damage to tissue2.
An adverse reaction has never been documented in over forty-five years of clinical and research use, perhaps because laser therapy is generally given at gentle wavelengths and intensities. More than 4,000 studies and articles have been published. Results have been stunning.
What can laser therapy treat?
Conditions in which positive results have been reported include:
- Adult Respiratory Distress Syndrome
- Allergic Purpura
- Alopecia Areata
- Back Pain
- Bone Healing
- Burger’s Disease
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Dental Applications (many)
- Gastrointestinal Disorders
- Hearing Disorders
- Maxillofacial Disorders
- Meniere’ s Disease
- Nerve Regeneration
- Pain (many kinds)
- Peyronie’s Disease
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Post-herpetic Neuralgia
- Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
- Respiratory Disorders
(Asthma, Bronchitis, Pleurisy, Pneumonia, Sinusitis, Tuberculosis)
- Skin Disorders
- Sports Injuries
- Temporomandibular Joint Disorder
- Trigeminal Neuralgia
- Wound Healing
Click on Laser Research Library to view research related to any of the above and much more.
What are the effects of laser therapy?
Four effects of low intensity laser light reported in the scientific literature are:
- Biostimulation/Tissue Regeneration
- Reduction of Inflammation
- Relief of Pain
- Antimicrobial/Immune Enhancement 2
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Is there any risk?
In more than forty-five years of research and clinical use, an adverse reaction has never been documented. Perhaps this is due to the fact that gentle, non-ionizing wavelengths below the threshold of heat damage to tissue are generally used.
Will it hurt?
Most people feel no sensation whatsoever. You may feel a slight warmth. Occasionally, patients will report a transient increase in pain following laser therapy. This is more likely in long-standing, chronic conditions within the first few sessions and will usually pass within 24 hours. It is not an adverse reaction, and, in fact, it indicates that laser therapy is working. Sensation should then normalize, and pain and function may then be significantly improved.
How many treatments will I need?
This depends upon the nature of your condition. Ten visits or less may be required on average for most painful conditions. Our goal is to achieve the best results in the shortest period of time.
What sets the Center for Cooperative Medicine apart, and what results should I expect?
We use a wide variety of devices and methods, seeking optimal therapy across a broad range of conditions. We generally use the World Association for Laser Therapy’s dosage guidelines as a starting point and adjust treatment based on your response. Clinic Director, David Rindge, has the knowledge, experience and skills gained over many years in the clinic and in teaching these methods. He, is co-author of Laser Therapy: A Clinical Manual and has taught phototherapy and bio-electromagnetic therapy to others through Healing Light Seminars since 2001.
Depending upon what needs to be addressed, we may administer therapy with Apollo, Irradia or Medical Laser probe systems, WARP 75 and WARP 10 LED systems and/or Laserneedle-Touch, a fourth generation,10-channel German laser needle acupuncture system with which we are conducting clinical research in the treatment of pain. Our goal is to reverse the underlying causes of pain whenever possible. To view David Rindge’s qualifications and experience, please visit Who is David Rindge?