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What is Cold Laser Therapy?

Find out how this non-invasive procedure could alleviate chronic pain.

Did you know that chronic pain is the most common cause of long-term disability in the US? From fibromyalgia to back pain, there are many issues that can be challenging to get under control. This is where an osteopath comes in.

An osteopath specializes in improving how the joints, muscles, ligaments, and other parts of the musculoskeletal system function. This, in turn, also improves how other systems within the body such as the lymphatic and circulatory systems function. So, what is cold laser therapy and how can it improve your symptoms?

Cold laser therapy is a non-invasive treatment in which a low-level laser is directed over certain areas of the body to treat a variety of conditions and to reduce pain, swelling and inflammation. It can also target pain caused by muscle spasms. Cold laser therapy has also been known to speed up the body’s natural healing process.

As you might imagine, there are a variety of applications for cold laser therapy. It is ideal for those dealing with severe or chronic pain. Those dealing with back or neck pain can find relief through this laser treatment, as well as those dealing with knee pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis, and tendonitis. Cold laser therapy works by facilitating efficient, often faster healing within damaged muscles, ligaments, cartilage, and even nerves within the body.

Who can benefit from cold laser therapy?

From what you know about this non-invasive procedure, you also know that it can be ideal for those dealing with musculoskeletal pain and swelling. This includes people dealing with:

  • Arthritis
  • Tendonitis
  • Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ disorder)
  • Sprains
  • Diabetic neuropathy
  • Leg ulcers
  • Fibromyalgia

During your cold laser therapy session, an osteopathic specialist will direct a handheld device over the injury for a couple of minutes, depending on the size of the treatment area. This laser will penetrate through the skin to provide pain relief, reduce edema, and speed up recovery time.

This treatment can be used in conjunction with other osteopathic treatment options such as massage therapy or physical therapy exercises. The treatment is completely painless, doesn’t require any downtime and is free of side effects.


If you are dealing with chronic or severe pain and you are looking for non-invasive therapies and treatments to manage your symptoms without having to turn to surgery or more aggressive measures, then it’s time you talked to an osteopath to find out whether cold laser therapy is the ideal treatment option for you.


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