Treating Arthritis using Cold Laser Therapy in Chiropractic
Posted Jan 24 2011 4:09am
Chiropractic therapy has been widely used for the treatment of arthritis. As an alternative form of treatment, many people have attested to its effectiveness in alleviating the pain they felt and in providing relief to the symptoms of arthritis. One of the techniques employed by chiropractors in the treatment of arthritis is cold laser therapy.
Arthritis is degenerative illness that causes cartilage to wear down, making the afflicted person suffer. There are many types of arthritis, such as osteoarthritis, bursitis, tendinitis, and carpal tunnel syndrome. Arthritis is a condition that involves more than 50 million people in the U.S., and that number is expected to only grow. Pain is the usual symptom of all kinds of arthritis. Pain builds up because of various factors, like joint malformation and inflammation, and can lead to lack of mobility and partial disability.
Cold laser therapy is an effective procedure that yields great results. Chiropractors using cold laser therapy have found that this treatment provides remarkable benefits to patients afflicted with arthritis and suffering pain in their back, neck, shoulders, elbows, wrists, and knees. Cold laser therapy can help people with arthritic issues in their joints. It is also excellent in the treatment of different forms of chronic and acute pain, aside from pain caused by arthritis. Chiropractors employ cold laser therapy for those afflicted with back and neck pain, musculoskeletal pain, tendonitis, bursitis, neuropathy, fibromyalgia, pain in the Achilles tendon, sprains and strains, sinus blockage, migraine headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome, and other related issues.
The principle behind cold laser therapy is the application of laser light into the skin. By applying the laser directly on the skin of the area needing treatment, it blocks pain transmitted by nerve cells. This decreases the inflammation of the tissue, thereby averting further swelling in the joint and then also stopping the pain. The laser is also beneficial in that it has the ability to aid the body in the production of elevated levels of pain killing chemicals and by accelerating cellular reproduction and growth.
This is especially essential in degenerative diseases like arthritis, where the cells are damaged or injured. The failure to repair itself causes additional deterioration of the joint. As such, it is basic to helping the cells and tissues restore themselves so as to avert the deterioration and cause cellular reproduction and tissue regeneration.