Questions & answers
What is Cold Laser Therapy?
Cold lasers utilize a wavelength of monochromatic, collimated, unidirectional light in the 400 to 700 nanometre (nm range, known as the “therapeutic window”. This creates the ability to “inject” photonic energy harmlessly into tissue, “energizing” or “bio-stimulating” this tissue into an accelerated rate of healing and rejuvenation.
How does Cold Laser Therapy work?
Cold Laser Therapy beams light energy at your skin directed to a specific area while you are lying comfortably on a massage bed. The laser does not touch your skin, it stays on a distance. You can wear light clothing, the light will still go through the textile. Each treatment takes about 45 minutes. Depending on your condition, you will need at least 8 sessions.
The light energy from the laser passes through the layers of skin and reaches the targeted area. It is absorbed and interacts with the light sensitive elements in the cell. Several biological processes are then affected, such as ATP stimulation, that then initiates an increase in cell regeneration and protection, and help damaged cells regrow. This process can be compared to photosynthesis in plants – sunlight is absorbed by plants, which is then converted to usable energy so that the plant can grow. Healing is essentially a cellular process.
Is Cold Laser Therapy scientifically proven to be effective?
Cold Laser Therapy has a long history and strong basic science evidence, which supports its use in pain management and fat-loss management. Since 1967 there have been over 2,500 clinical studies published worldwide. Many of these studies are double-blinded, placebo-controlled and have demonstrated cold laser therapy to be a proven method for pain relief. Therefore, cold laser therapy is scientifically supported.
For a selection of research studies, go to the research section on this website.
What benefits does Cold Laser Therapy have?
- Wound healing
- Pain reduction, both acute and chronic
- Mental performance
- Acne healing
Does Cold Laser Therapy help to heal sport injuries?
Yes, Cold Laser Therapy is used in sports medicine and helps injured athletes to get back into the game faster. The application of cold laser therapy reduces short-term inflammation and significantly lowers the risk of arthritis frequently resulting from sports injuries. Laser therapy is used by professional sports teams and athletes to treat inflammation, provide deep-tissue therapy, and accelerate pain relief to help athletes minimize downtime.
Is Cold Laser Therapy safe?
Yes. Cold Laser Therapy is a non-invasive procedure. It does not involve taking any medications. Studies have so far found that cold laser therapy does not have negative side effects when used properly by a doctor or qualified practitioner.
The laser machines in the studio of Kerstin Kemper KK Cold Laser are from Erchonia Corporation, the world leader in cold laser technology. Erchonia is a highly research driven company and has established itself as a leader. For more information check out www.erchonia.com
How many treatments do I need until I see results?
The number of treatments depends on the issue to be treated. This will be discussed individually in a first consultation. The number of treatments start with eight sessions.
Who should not do Cold Laser Therapy?
Don’t have cold laser therapy if you have any of these conditions:
- Epilepsy, because pulsed light can trigger seizures.
- Cancer in the area being treated with lasers.
- Pregnancy, since no scientific studies have been done on pregnant women undergoing laser treatment.
What is the difference between Cold Laser Therapy and Light Therapy?
Light therapy uses LED light, a junction diode made from semiconductor and is very different to cold laser. LED light is not collimated, unidirectional or coherent, it is scattered, which is less ideal when treating deeper tissues. When trying to target deeper tissues, wavelength is a critical variable that plays a significant role in the light’s ability to penetrate tissue.