Do you suffer from back pain? Cold laser therapy is a non-invasive procedure that is growing in popularity because it offers pain relief without the risks of surgery or the negative side effects of pain medication. If your quality of life is being compromised by chronic, agonizing back pain due to a herniated disc, call the Back Pain and Herniated Disc Treatment Centers today to request a consultation.
What is Cold Laser Therapy?
Cold lasers are much different than high-frequency lasers that emit heat. Cold lasers emit no heat, sound, or vibration, and induce a reaction in the cells of the body that stimulates blood flow, increases the bodies natural healing ability, reduces inflammation, reduces spasms, increases functionality, and decreases pain.
How does Cold Laser Therapy Work?
Cold laser therapy is administered through a handheld device about the size of a flashlight. The laser is held directly over the affected area for anywhere from 30 seconds to several minutes depending on the condition of the patient and the dosage being given.
The light actually passes through the skin about two to five centimeters where it is absorbed and interacts with the light-sensitive elements in the cell. This process is similar to photosynthesis in plants and initiates a reaction in the cells that is believed to result in normalizing damaged tissue, reducing inflammation and edema, and accelerating healing time by increasing intracellular metabolism.
The results are not instantaneous, and it may take several sessions in order to fully experience pain relief. Some patients require two to four sessions per week, depending on the severity of their condition.
While this is a very low-risk procedure, there are a few precautions:
- Do not use over any suspicious cancerous lesions or carcinoma.
- Treatments should not be given over the thyroid.
- Cold Laser treatment should not be administered to pregnant women.
- Avoid direct irradiation of the eyes, as even a cold laser can cause permanent damage to the eyes.
If you dread both the uncertainty and high-risk factors associated with more invasive back pain remedies such as back surgery, cold laser therapy is a safe, effective alternative. It is also a positive alternative to high dosages of pain medication, which have several negative side effects, including possible addiction. If you are tired of back pain, call the Back Pain and Herniated Disc Treatment Centers and request a consultation today.
In my opinion, the best sleep experience brought by the best mattress can alleviate all chronic diseases including back pain. So, below we will talk about some common sense of mattress maintenance.
Breaking in a New Mattress
This is par for the course, not just to have a mattress get used to your shape, but also for your body to get used to the mattress. For some people it can take up to four weeks to really start getting the sleep benefits from their new mattress – during this time, make sure to rotate your mattress at least once in order to give both sides of the bed equal attention. If you are not enjoying your sleep after a month (your trial period may be anywhere from 90 to 180 days), consider sending your mattress back.
Beware of Sagging
Constant weight cause your mattress to sag over time – that is why you need to make sure to buy the right foundation with your mattress, as it will surprisingly take on a lot of the wear and tear. Every few weeks, rotating or flipping your mattress can help keep your mattress from sagging; also the addition of a mattress topper can take on some of the physical impacts and increase the longevity of your mattress. Also, don’t sit on the edge of your mattress so much especially if you have an innerspring or air mattress, as the edge is usually the weakest part.
Keep Your Mattress Covered
By having a mattress cover, you can help prevent the build-up of moisture, mildew, and bacteria and also protect the cosmetic surface of your mattress. Every couple of weeks you can remove the cover, wash it and put it back on for a fresh start. While certain mattresses like memory foam and natural latex are naturally anti-microbial and mold and mildew resistant, an extra layer never hurts.
Clean Your Mattress
It’s easy to forget that your mattress is still a piece of furniture that requires the same hygienic care that everything else in your home receives. When you can, vacuum your mattress or wipe it down with a cloth depending on the type of mattress you own and the corresponding care instructions (as a general rule, stay away from using too much water that will instead promote the growth of bacteria and mold).