Cool Laser Therapy Offers Natural Pain Relief for Arthritis, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, & Fibromyalgia

If you have arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, or fibromyalgia, you’re probably searching for pain management strategies. One therapy you may not be aware of is cool laser therapy, and it provides drug-free, noninvasive, and effective pain relief.

A different kind of laser

When you think of a laser, you probably think of heat. Cool laser therapy — also called cold laser therapy or low level laser therapy (LLLT), among other names — works differently. Rather than generating heat, these lasers generate light.

The light doesn’t heat the tissues of your body, but it does appear to stimulate healing and limit inflammation. The light energy penetrates your skin and causes a healing physiological reaction in damaged cells. Scientists don’t understand exactly why cool laser therapy works, and research is ongoing. However, there’s no risk at all to having the procedure.

You can feel the device on your skin during the treatment, but you don’t feel heat or coolness, and there’s no sound or vibration. The treatment only lasts a few minutes and is completely painless.

Cool laser therapy and arthritis pain

There are more than 100 different conditions that fall under the umbrella of arthritis. They all have a couple of things in common. Arthritis affects your joints, and it is painful.

One study examined the use of cool laser therapy to treat osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. The researchers concluded that it should be considered to treat pain in those two conditions, largely because it has few side effects.

Another study examined the use of low level laser therapy in older adults who had osteoarthritis of the knee. Those researchers recommend adding cool laser therapy to an exercise program for maximum effectiveness.

Cool laser therapy and carpal tunnel syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a repetitive use injury that results in nerve damage and pain. When you have CTS, the nerves in your wrist are compressed, and you feel pain, numbness, and tingling in your fingers and hand. Surgery is often the recommended treatment, but there are risks to any surgery.

The noninvasive, low-risk nature of cool laser therapy means you may experience less pain after the treatment without the risks associated with surgery. Less inflammation in your wrist means less pain, and there’s some evidence that cool laser therapy may improve your grip strength, as well.

Fibromyalgia and cool laser therapy

Fibromyalgia affects people differently; your symptoms may not be like someone else’s. However, there are usually some commonalities. For example, most people with fibromyalgia experience extreme fatigue and tender joints and other types of pain.

Cold laser therapy relieves pain, which may allow you to exercise. Exercise is one of the most well-known and effective methods of combating fibromyalgia symptoms, but you may find it difficult or impossible to exercise when you’re exhausted and in pain.

If your chronic pain is due to conditions like arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, or fibromyalgia, book an appointment at Optimum Physicians Healthcare to learn more about cool laser therapy as a safe, natural, effective treatment. You can use our online scheduler, or simply give us a call.

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