Since I have been using cold laser therapy in my practice and I have had great results with numerous patients. This week a patient came into my practice after being in a minor car accident. Her neck was in spasm and she could barely turn her head to the left. I pushed on her trapezius and levator scapulae muscles and she responded with an "Ouch that is really tender".
I performed sweeping movements with the laser for about 90 seconds on both of these muscles. When I touched these muscles after using the low level laser, she indicated that the tenderness had gotten better and had about 60% less pain in these muscles. After the laser treatment I performed a gentle spinal manipulation on her neck and she said that the adjustment was fluid, not painful, and she felt significantly better.
Another patient came into the practice with tennis elbow (pain at the lateral side of the elbow). I used the low level laser and he reported a significant decrease in pain after 6 sessions. There is a great article that discusses low level laser treatment of tendinopathy in the journal Photomed Laser Surg, 2010.
Many patients have discovered food intolerance and food allergy problems for their bodies through the nutrition response testing technique. I have recently introduced a desensitization technique that uses laser acupuncture to help the body to become tolerant to these foods again.
After using the laser on the master points and the patient complying with three weeks of abstaining completely from these foods, many have been able to tolerate these foods again. Using the laser on these points acts as a kind of rewiring, so the body doesn't react in the same way and responds better to these foods.
As we continue to discover and appreciate the benefits of light as a therapy, may there be increased light in all of your lives!