Cold Laser Therapy: How it Heals

Dear Dr. Chartrand:
How does cold laser therapy work and how does it differ from standard laser? Is it FDA approved?
óB. G.

Dr. Chartrand:
First, you need to know Cold Laser Therapy is FDA-cleared, and has a solid record of safety in the hands of a trained Occupational Therapist. It differs from standard laser in several ways, the most prominent is that it is athermic (no heat) and utilizes a controlled monochromatic light at frequencirs of 630 to 950 nanometers (nm) as the therapeutic window. In this range, the light is least absorbed by the skin, allowing it to penetrate 2" into the body, stimulating mitochondria of the targeted region.

The stimulating effect of photons on enzymes and Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP) in the mitochondria cause secretion of serotonin as the marker neurotransmitter. This causes an "enzyme cascade" that excites light-sensitive cytochromes. These provide surrounding cells the extra energy to grow, regenerate, and to heal. Increased ATP initiates vasodilation that brings more blood, oxygen, and healing nutrients to the site of lesion.

A wide variety of injuries and chronic conditions show remarkable response to cold laser: Muscle strains/sprains, ligament/tendon injuries, open wounds/bone injuries, fractures and joint dysfunction, & bone spurs. Neural conditions: Diabetic & peripheral neuropathies, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, neuralgia, and restless leg syndrome, all respond well to cold laser, especially within a specially designed Occupational Therapy program. Neck, back, leg, and foot pain are also relieved.

Through the four modalities of occupational therapy, therapeutic massage, and an intelligent dietary and hydration plan, cold laser produces remarkable results in every case, without surgery or medication. I invite all to read the author's How to Raise Your Body's pH to get a clearer picture of a complementary program of safe, gentle modalities that work together to heal chronic conditions.

Note:The above is intended only as consumer education, and is not meant as medical diagnosis or treatment of individual cases.


Max Stanley Chartrand, Ph.D. (Behavioral Medicine) serves as Associate Professor of Behavioral and Health Sciences, and as a Healthcare Consultant for SIRCLE Occupational Therapy, 1941 Lake Ave., Pueblo, CO, 719-696-8275