Laser Therapy

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 more than fifty years of clinical and research use, perhaps because laser therapy is generally given at gentle wavelengths and intensities. More than 5,000 studies and articles have been published.   The scientific research and clinical results have been stunning!


How effective is laser therapy in pain?

We believe that laser, pulsed electromagnetic field and light emitting diode therapies are the best treatments available for pain – and a broad range of other health conditions which have also been shown to respond.

Laser therapy’s effects to relieve pain include:

• Increased levels of endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers.
• Blockade of A delta and C fibers, nerves responsible for our perception of pain.
• Decreased synthesis of inflammatory cytokines, substances which amplify inflammatory reactions
• Increased microcirculation –> greater oxygenation of tissue –> relief of pain.
• Increased microcirculation –> correction of acidosis –> relief of pain.
• Increased lymphatic flow –> reduction of edema –>relief of pain.
• Regeneration of tissue and repair of underlying tissue trauma.
State-of-the-art laser therapy for pain can reach five centimeters deep in tissue.  Virtually all nerves, soft tissue, and other pathological targets in the head, neck, cervical spine and most of the rest of the musculoskeletal system are within range of laser therapy’s healing effects.

Most of our patients have reported improvement in function and immediate relief of pain at their first visit.

Will laser therapy help to heal chronic pain that I’ve been told can only be managed at best?

Most of our patients have reported improvement in function and immediate relief of pain at their first visit.  Laser therapy may heal or improve the underlying trauma to tissue at the root of much chronic pain.  When it does not eliminate pain completely, it may still reduce baseline pain scores significantly, improving quality of life.  There are no guarantees or panaceas.  The best test will be your response.

Pain is not a disease.  Pain is information to protect us.  We believe that if you are experiencing pain, there is always a reason.  Acute pain inadequately or incorrectly treated often becomes chronic.

Yet for many who have been living with chronic pain, laser therapy may provide welcome relief, allowing the central nervous system to rest and reset, reducing hypersensitivity to and the perception of pain.

Are there any risks?
An adverse reaction has never been documented. 

Will it hurt?
Most people feel no sensation whatsoever. You may feel a mild 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 usually passes in less than 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 be significantly improved.

How many treatments will I need?
This depends upon the nature of your condition. Yet 11 visits or less may be required on average for most painful conditions.  We generally follow the World Association for Laser Therapy’s dosage and treatment guidelines as a starting point and adjust therapy based upon your response.  Our goal is to achieve the best results in the shortest period of time.

Why the Center for Cooperative Medicine?  What results should I expect?

Energy-based methods are our focus, not a sideline.  We have the experience and the equipment to help in a broad range of conditions.   Clinic Director, David Rindge, has been practicing with energy-based therapies since 1999 and teaching them to health care professionals since 2001 through Healing Light Seminars. is co-author of the popular Laser Therapy: A Clinical Manual and has written a regular column for Acupuncture Today .

At the Center for Cooperative Medicine, we choose from a variety of devices and methods, seeking optimal outcomes in a broad range of conditions.

Laser Phototherapy Modes

Our goal is to reverse the underlying causes of pain or other health concerns quickly and efficiently whenever possible.  To view David Rindge’s qualifications and experience, please visit Who is David Rindge?


1 Laser therapy is the most commonly used term for the therapeutic application of laser light at low intensity. Low level laser therapy (LLLT), low intensity laser therapy (LILT), low energy photon therapy (LEPT) and laser photobiostimulation are some of the other terms which have been used.

2 Simunovic, Z. (2000) Lasers in Medicine and Dentistry Basic Science And Up-To-Date Clinical Application Of Low Energy-Level Laser Therapy LLLT, Zlatko Simunovic, M.D., F.M.H., Locarno, Switzerland/Rijeka, Croatia, pp 279-80.

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