• Dr. Valerie Girard

Is Cold Laser for You?


Cold Laser Therapy or Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) is a treatment that utilizes specific wavelengths of light to interact with the cells of the body. Each cell in the body has an ability to respond to different frequencies of light, measured in Hertz or hz.Cold lasers donate energy/photons to cells, which in turn stimulates the mitochondria to produce more ATP or in laymen’s term, ENERGY. More ATP energy means healthier cells to regenerate and help the body heal.


The effect? Cellular healing to include improved function of organs and glands, reduction of inflammation and inhanced healing of a variety of injured tissues. LLLT has no reported adverse effects. Lasers exist in varying formats from small handheld to larger units with multiple applicators. The laser heads are placed over injured tissues including wounds, incisions, contusions, and swollen joints. With professionally used lasers, specific frequencies are programmed and may run in sequence or simultaneously.


LLLT may also be used on acupuncture points and are specifically powerful when used as auricular therapy. There are corresponding acupuncture points that relate to organs in different states of health or disease. These entry points are closer to the brain and may be instantly effective when specific frequencies are administered.


In addition, there are areas on the body that have a direct and specific effect on organs when stimulation provided by the laser is applied. The Cold Laser, therefore, can be used to stimulate detox, immune function, reduce inflammation, promote healing and improve function in almost every aspect of the body.


Since owning and operating a Erconia Laser for the last three years, I have had tremendous success with healing a variety of health issues with my patients. By combining LLLT with specific chiropractic adjustments to the area of involvement as well as associated areas, a patient’s progress is maximized. Because the cold laser is able to re-establish nerve pathways, it enhances the healing process and decreases inflammation at the site of involvement.


Here are some examples of how chiropractic and LLLT work well together.

A patient came in with a chronic shoulder injury. She reported that it felt as if someone had shot her in the upper shoulder. I adjusted her shoulder and cervical spine then applied deep muscle therapy to the shoulder and the neck. I then used the laser on her shoulder and lower neck where the nerves to the shoulder exit. Because she continued to report pain and discomfort, I applied LLLT to her ear on the same side, using a progression of frequencies. Within two minutes, she sat up suddenly and pronounced that the pain was completely gone.


Recently, I have had several patients who have undergone major abdominal surgery, leaving sizable incisions with expanded bruising. Normally these incisions would take weeks to heal and for the bruising to subside. Within three visits during a one week period, the wound was almost completely healed with a thin scab that formed at the incision. In each case, the bruising reduced within the 10 minute treatment time. The patients concurrently presented with abdominal pain and tenderness that resolved by the end of each laser treatment.


They noted that healing progressed and accelerated both during and after the treatments and slowed when the laser was not applied for a week.


In other cases, patients have presented with significant wounds resulting from accidents, to include severe abrasions and jagged lacerations. The wound on the right presented with a significant area of skin abraded off of the knee joint. Notice the depth of the wound as well the surface area. There are signs of eminent infection. These shots are roughly 2.5 weeks apart. As the scars surface area reduced with each treatment, the affected skin returned to normal with no scarring.The laser was instrumental in not only accelerating the healing of the wounds, but reducing obvious signs of inflammation around the wound.


The third case of LLLT healing has to do with peripheral neuropathy. One patient presented with bilateral numbing of the feet. After ten treatments over several months that included laser therapy and adjusting his lumbar and sacral spine, he noted that symptoms were 75-80% improved in both his feet and other areas of the body.

Other rewarding applications of the laser helped patients who had undergone facial surgery, both elective and mandatory. In each case, the scars were reduced to appear only as thin lines on the face and could only be noticed only upon close examination.

These are only a few examples of the success of LLLT. If you have any persistent pain or questions about whether laser therapy can help you, please feel free to contact my office.

Dr. Valerie Girard

Chiropractic Care, Cold Laser Therapy, Nutritional & Functional Medicine

1725 State Street B

Santa Barbara, CA 93101

805-687-1617 Office

805-682-1365 fax

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