How The Cold Laser Can Help You
How a Cold Laser works can get somewhat complicated.I would like to put it into easy to understand terms. The first concept to understand is that your body needs energy to heal, repair and regenerate.
The way a body gets that energy is to break down food and convert that food to energy.This is done within every cell of the body through biochemical processes within the mitochondria. The Mitochondria provide about 90 percent of the energy that cells, and thus tissues, organs and the body as a whole, need to function.Every cell in the body (The body has about 10 trillion cells) contains hundreds of mitochondria that produce the energy that the body requires to heal, repair and regenerate.
The energy that the cell uses is in the form of a high energy molecule called ATP.The more ATP you have the more energy your cells have to do all the functions it needs including repair and regenerate.
The cold laser directly increases ATP without relying on the bodies ability to get fresh oxygenated blood to the cell.This is why the cold laser has been shown to heal diabetic ulcers even though the diabetic patient has terrible blood flow to the hands and feet.
Possibly, the most authoritative text on low-level laser therapy is the 2002 book by Jan Turner and Lars Hode, titled "Laser Therapy Clinical Practice and Scientific Background." This book contains 1,281 references. These authors note:
1."Today, we can safely say that therapeutic lasers have an important biological effect and a very positive one at that."
2."We believe that lasers have a tremendous and, as of yet, untapped potential in the field of healthcare."
3."Therapeutic lasers have no undesirable side effects in the hands of a reasonably qualified therapist."
4.Lasers are "sterile, painless, and often less expensive than methods already in use," and do not have side effects as does pharmacotherapy (drugs).
5."Laser therapy of wounds is ideal, since it promotes healing and reduces pain at the same time." 6."Laser light increases the cell's ATP energy."
In summary, mitochondria present a paradox. They are the major producer of ATP energy, but they are also the major producer of free radicals. As the mitochondria produce the ATP energy that our bodies require to function, the mitochondria also produce the free radicals that damage and age our bodies.
Lasers increase the mitochondrial production of ATP without increasing the production of free radicals. Anything that increases the production of ATP energy will speed healing and improve symptoms. Since lasers can achieve this without side effects or risks, low level laser therapy is here to stay.