Cold Laser Therapy Huntington Beach, CA

Cold Laser Therapy

Cold laser therapy is the transfer of energy through light waves that do not have any heating or destructive effects on human tissue, unlike lasers used in surgery. Cold laser therapy is a treatment for scars, musculoskeletal pain, muscles, joints and inflammation that is growing in popularity. It is also widely used to treat chronic pain and nerve injuries.

Cold laser therapy has been deemed safe by the FDA, following extensive multi-year reviews.

Cold Laser Therapy, or Low-Level Laser Therapy, is a pain management technique that penetrates the skin with focused light waves, activating light-sensitive elements within the body’s cells.

Cold lasers can affect cells in muscles, nerves, cartilage, ligaments and other areas. Damaged or injured tissue that soaks up light through laser therapy, similar to the light-absorbing process in plants (photosynthesis), can eventually lead to reductions in pain, inflammation and healing time.

Cold Laser Therapy can help with:

  • Arthritis
  • Back pain
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Joint pain
  • Neck pain
  • Tendonitis


Benefits of Cold Laser Therapy

Since low-level laser therapy began in 1967, many studies have documented its effect on maladies like chronic joint pain. Results have showed that, when properly applied, cold laser treatments can significantly reduce pain and improve health.

Cold lasers are increasingly popular because, unlike surgery or medication, the treatments are easy to apply, non-invasive, non-toxic, and cause no side effects. Low powered, over-the-counter cold lasers were even approved for consumer use by the FDA in 2001. This method can be used alone or in combination with other techniques, such as acupuncture or traditional physical therapy, and is a viable option for those seeking alternatives to invasive treatment.

How Cold Laser Therapy WorksCold Laser Therapy

During treatment, the laser is placed directly over the injured area for anywhere from 30 seconds to several minutes, depending on the dose provided and the size of the treatment area.

According to, the laser produces an impulse of light energy, which pushes through the skin to a desired depth. Some conditions, like joint pain, require penetration as deep as 4-5 inches, which can only be reached with a powerful laser emitter. Lower wavelengths and weaker power emitters are used to treat shallow tissue, like the lymphatic system or surface scars.

No Quick Fix

Like many alternative therapies, patients typically do not get full relief from their symptoms after the first treatment. It takes a series of applications, depending on the severity and duration of the condition, and patients usually have to return about 2 to 4 times per week to maintain progress. Old injuries may become aggravated after initial treatments, but this sensation usually lasts no longer than a couple of days.

Cold laser therapy should not be used over the thyroid, carcinoma or cancerous lesions. Since even low-level lasers can cause eye damage, there should be no direct application to the eyes, and doctors and patients should use protective eyewear during the procedure. Pregnant women are recommended not to undergo cold laser therapy.


When applied properly, cold laser therapy is an effective and non-invasive method of pain management that can stimulate healing and improve quality of life. Qualified and knowledgeable practitioners, like the technicians at Southern California Aquatic and Physical Therapy, can provide you with additional information and recommend whether cold laser therapy is right for you. Send us an email, or give us a call at (714) 375-1755 today.

We provide relief for various conditions for the following areas:

Huntington Beach, Costa Mesa, Fountain Valley, Garden Grove, Los Alamitos, Fullerton, Newport Beach, Seal Beach, Sunset Beach, Westminster, Irvine, Cypress, Anaheim, Brea, Tustin, Long Beach, Laguna Beach, Aliso Viejo, Laguna Hills, Corona Del Mar, Anaheim Hills, Yorba Linda, Tustin Ranch, Newport Coast, Santa Ana and all of Orange County!