Cold Laser for Pain

services-cold-laserCold laser for pain is a treatment that improves blood flow to cells and tissues.  With increased blood flow comes pain relief, reduction of inflammation and swelling, and increased tissue repair.  The cold laser can be used on both chronic and acute musculoskeletal injuries and tight muscles in most locations on the body.  It is a procedure that is time-efficient, lasting just minutes, and the patient feels only a slight sensation of warmth.  We have been getting wonderful results from cold laser treatments at Insights to Health (for all kinds of aches and pains) and are pleased to offer this option to our patients!

Cold laser is extremely useful for:

Increase soft tissue repair and/or reduction of inflammation

Cold laser therapy or low-level laser therapy (LLLT) is a therapy that uses infared light to promote healing.  The light permeates 5-6 centimeters below the surface of the skin and stimulates cells in the body to increase soft tissue repair and/or reduction of inflammation of an acute or chronic nature.  This allows for pain reduction, increased healing, and improved tissue repair. Cold laser therapy can also assist people with chronic injuries through allowing the body to breakdown scar tissue and begin proper healing.

Although originally designed in 1967, the applications for this device have grown sharply in the last decade as more and more research has been dedicated to this area.  Areas such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, headaches, scar reduction, tendinitis, endometriosis, nerve regeneration, dry mouth, hypothyroidism, and many others are being researched currently adding to a growing body of support for this wonderfully effective instrument.

Cold Laser for pain is completely non-invasive

Cold laser can assist with a wide variety of conditions and patients.  A typical procedure can last anywhere from 2-10 minutes and is completely non-invasive (meaning there is no surgical intervention involved).  The doctor will place the instrument on the skin over the area of need and administer a treatment of a variable length.  Oftentimes patients feel no sensations during the treatment (except for maybe gentle warmth), however, the relief afforded by the treatment can last hours, days or months even.  Typically a patient will need multiple treatments; the amount of treatments required differs greatly from condition to condition and patient to patient.  It is best to have a visit with a doctor at Insights To Health to discuss if cold laser is right for your health goals.

Call us at 503.501.5001 today for scheduling!

 

Testimonials for cold laser treatment at ITH

Most of my life I have spent visiting doctors and nurses who were members of the American Medical Association. While many of them were good people, some of their methodologies perplexed and even disturbed me.  One year ago I injured myself in a dance class. It was enough to stop me from dancing, from doing pilates and most of the physical activity I loved. A short recuperation and I injured myself again. I also started to feel ill. Not a big “you are sick” kind of feeling, but one that my body was telling me things were not right. This went on for some weeks with this mystery illness affecting everything in my life, my state of mind, my eating patterns, my weight, my ability to handle my job.I was scared, concerned, and confused.

My search for a doctor led me to Insights to Health with the help of a very good friend of mine. She recommended Dr. Brooke Huffman to me.
Since seeing Dr. Brooke my entire life has changed. I am healthy, happy, and on a wonderful road of wellness and well being. To say I was skeptical and uneasy is an understatement at my first visit to a naturopathic physician, but I can say the staff and my doctor put all that uneasiness to rest. Dr. Brooke took time to get to know me, and what was going on in my life.
She set me on a path of eating and living for health.
I would, with every fiber of my being recommend this naturopathic clinic to everyone seeking a healthy, sustainable life.
B.G., 55 year old female, Portland, OR

I started seeing Dr. Noska because I was having pain in my foot. He suggested I start wearing a zero-heel shoe with the Correct Toes and he usually also does a cold-laser treatment on my foot/ankle/leg.  The cold-laser treatments and the new shoes seem to be lessening the amount of pain!  Dr. Noska seems very knowledgeable and I am impressed with how he listens to what I have to say.

Z.A., 47 year old female, Portland, OR

Dr. Noska began treating my daughter in October for dance-related pain to her feet and ankles.  She had been complaining of it daily and I was really concerned.  Dr. Noska was able to do a few adjustments to her feet, some cold laser treatments, and he also fit Correct Toes for her feet.  Within a few days I had not heard any complaints of pain, even after dance class!  She told me, “The pain is gone, Mom!”  She just went to a competition in Seattle this weekend and was pain free.  She continues to wear her Correct Toes for some time every day, and I am confident that this protocol will help prevent much dance related pain and injury in the future.  Thank you, Dr. Noska and Insights to Health Clinic!

J. T. (mother of 9 year old girl), Portland, OR

Cold laser and spinal adjustments at Insights to Health resolved some tendonitis I had had for a very long time. My shoulders are looser, which means I am using my aids more effectively, and working on the holding patterns in my back means I am sitting up straighter in the saddle and using my core muscles better.    Dietary changes have given me greater stamina and strength, and have helped my weight to be constant without effort.  I am a stronger, more confident rider as a result.  I am making amazing progress in my riding goals!! Thank you!!

C.T., 43 year old female, Portland, OR

I first came to Insights for Health to see Dr. Christie Winkelman about allergy and sinus issues. Within a few sessions she noticed that some of my headache problems were probably strongly muscular/skeleton in source and strongly recommended I make an appointment with their new associate, Dr. Nolan Noska.  I am very glad to say I followed up on her suggestion to see Dr. Noska.

Since childhood I had an area of my back that when pressed would cause a painful spasm. I would also get bad back aches from doing things such as washing dishes, canning foods, sitting at the computer and other activities. Another problem area was in my lower back.  It would start aching and I would develop migraine like headaches and this was starting to get fairly often. I would always get “wash day “ headaches from the lifting and twisting motions of doing the wash.

Well, after a few skeptical sessions with Dr. Noska I was very surprised and relieved by the load he literally got off my back.  No more “wash day “ headaches and backaches.  I now have much more twisting flexibility that I had before and that awful back spasm area is much much reduced. I have not had an intense headache stemming from my lower back since he popped some bones back into their proper place.  Between his manipulations, impactor tool, cold laser and some home exercise my back is so very much better. I am able to do my regular activities and more now without developing nagging backaches and headaches.

I would highly recommend Dr. Noska for muscular/skeletal issues.  I will also add that his friendly and inquiring personality is a plus. He seems quite knowledgeable. I was also working with another physical therapist about what was a separate issue but it became apparent there was some cause and effect things going on and I found both Dr. Noska and the physical therapist respected and supported and enhance the work each was doing on my muscle issues.

Dr. Noska genuinely wants to get you flexibly, painlessly moving again.

C.K., 57 year old female, Portland, OR

 

I had an old sprained ankle injury that had not healed in two years.  When Dr. Winkelman wanted to do cold laser on it, I was skeptical but agreed, since everything else she has done for me has been effective!  After one treatment, my pain was gone and has not returned in three months. Since then we have treated other areas of old pains and those have greatly reduced as well.  I cannot believe how much better my body is feeling, and how used to my prior level of pain I had become.  I am skiing again this year!  Thank you Insights to Health!

Pain Relief at Last – I am so thrilled to report that the cold laser treatments I have received from Dr. Nolan Noska have had an enormous impact on my life. I began having pain in my right shoulder last October and it was becoming debilitating. I found some temporary relief with acupuncture and chiropractic treatments, but the pain persisted most of the time.

I had my first cold laser treatment last December and today (end of January) I am no longer in pain. I was so impressed with the knowledge and caring of Dr. Noska that I referred my sister who lives in Southern California to him.  During a brief visit in January, she had two appointments that focused on knee pain. She is now singing his praises too! This kind of attention to patients is exactly what we all want from our care providers! Thank you!

 

 

I started seeing Dr. Noska because I was having pain in my foot. He suggested I start wearing a zero-heel shoe with the Correct Toes and he usually also does a cold-laser treatment on my foot/ankle/leg.  The cold-laser treatments and the new shoes seem to be lessening the amount of pain!  Dr. Noska seems very knowledgeable and I am impressed with how he listens to what I have to say.

Dr. Noska began treating my daughter in October for dance-related pain to her feet and ankles.  She had been complaining of it daily and I was really concerned.  Dr. Noska was able to do a few adjustments to her feet, some cold laser treatments, and he also fit Correct Toes for her feet.  Within a few days I had not heard any complaints of pain, even after dance class!  She told me, “The pain is gone, Mom!”  She just went to a competition in Seattle this weekend and was pain free.  She continues to wear her Correct Toes for some time every day, and I am confident that this protocol will help prevent much dance related pain and injury in the future.  Thank you, Dr. Noska and Insights to Health Clinic!

 

I sought out care from Dr. Noska for pain in my shoulder from a rotator cuff injury. Months of physical therapy had not been helping markedly, but after just one session of cold laser, my pain (which was limiting my activities and interrupting my life enjoyment substantially)  was reduced 90% and my mobility was greatly increased!  After 3 sessions I am closer to 100% healed.  I cannot believe this incredible technology and am telling everyone I know with pain of any type to visit Dr. Noska and Insights to Health.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart!