Cold Laser Therapy
Cold laser therapy, also known as low-level laser therapy, or LLLT, is a health treatment that uses a specialized medical laser light to stimulate points on the body, with the purpose of reducing pain and inflammation. Methods behind cold laser therapy are aimed at stimulating the body’s natural ability to heal itself, much like a modern form of acupuncture
. Some patients prefer this form of therapy over the needles necessary for acupuncture. Cold laser therapy is listed as a possible treatment for patients suffering from chronic or acute conditions. Those diagnosed with cancers such as mesothelioma may directly benefit from this sort of treatment.
Cold Laser Therapy Uses
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), list this treatment method as being in the experimental stage, and allows for them to be used in investigational studies. These studies are aimed at using the lasers to aid for various types of pain relief, inflammation, and wound healing. Lasers used in therapy vary as far as type, frequency, and technique of use. Cold laser therapy is promoted as a treatment for many different ailments. Some of these treatments include smoking cessation, reduction of blood pressure, migraine headache relief, anti-aging, and herpes treatment. Proponents of cold laser therapy claim cold laser therapy aids in body stimulation which releases endorphins. Endorphins are chemicals produced by the body that relieve pain and provide a sense of well-being.
The symptom relief associated with cold laser treatment can be especially enticing to patients diagnosed with mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a cancer that exhibits a long latency period
. Because of this fact, mesothelioma patients are not generally diagnosed until the later stages. Certain types of cancer respond only to palliative treatment
rather than curative ones. Therapies that offer symptom and pain relief are often components of palliative treatments. Alternative therapies
, such as cold laser therapy, used in conjunction
with standard practices could be especially helpful to those diagnosed with diseases such as mesothelioma. Reference: American Cancer Society