Cold Laser Therapy

Many people are curious about cold laser therapy and what advantages it may offer their health. As a practicing physician of chiropractic for nearly 20 years, this is what I have witnessed when treating my patients with the MLS laser therapy.

First, what is a cold laser therapy? Therapeutic lasers have been used in the healing arts since 1965 and are constantly being improved upon. They work by supplying energy to the body in the form of non-thermal photons of light. The body is able to absorb this external energy on a cellular level and transform light energy into chemical energy, which the body uses to accelerate the normal healing rate of tissue for a wide range of ailments.

Laser therapy is an FDA approved form of treatment that has shown reduction in inflammation and painful conditions. It’s effective in treating acute pain, chronic conditions, neuropathy, and post-operative pain. It provides therapy for pain relief and rehabilitation of numerous injuries. The laser light penetrates tissue where it is absorbed by cells and effectively stimulates healing and rapid pain relief.

The way that the laser works is a light energy that enters the damaged cells and stimulates intercellular activity. The laser goes deep into the affected areas, as much as 3 to 5 inches and does not cause tissue warming. The therapy will not burn your skin or cause any irritation; most patients report that they do not feel anything less than a slightly warm sensation. Some patients will feel slight tingling sensation brought on by the increased blood flow to the area being treated. The length of treatment is average about 10-15 minutes for each area.

Most patients experience positive results in 1 to 3 treatments. An average treatment plan, depending on the severity of the condition, age, genetics, etc., is anywhere from 6 to 20. The effects of MLS laser therapy are cumulative. Thus, it is very important once you start your treatment, you complete the treatment plan.

Some of the conditions that MLS laser therapy has demonstrated great success in reducing pain are a disc hernia, Arthritis, injuries and it tremendously helps with reducing inflammation.

Cold laser only being used in this state since 2002 but it’s been used widely in Europe and Asia for a long time. Cold laser therapy is a non-invasive procedure, meaning that it does not require a surgical incision. This means that there is no prolonged recovery time. Laser therapy also does not involve taking any medications, and many patients prefer to avoid taking medications.

Studies have thus far found that cold laser therapy does not have serious side effects when administered properly by a medical professional.

Cold laser therapy is one option among a variety of treatment approaches that can potentially provide pain relief or pain reduction, especially for patients seeking a treatment without the use of surgery or drugs. It can be used alone or in combination with a number of other therapies.

I’m very amazed how this MLS laser is effective for my patients; it has saved many from going under the knife. I have seen patients coming in on crutches and walking on their own within a few visits. I highly recommend it, as I believe it can be beneficial for most that are suffering from chronic pain, injuries, or disc hernias. Please visit us at for more information, or to make an appointment.


  1. Stephanei Williams on October 15, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    Hello. I will have Aetna HMO insurance soon. IS this therapy covered under insurance?

    • Robert Marr III on July 17, 2020 at 3:02 am

      I have neuropathy I hope the laser treatment works. please call me.

  2. Myra Cruz on November 2, 2018 at 12:31 pm

    I have problems with neuropathy and had several epidural injections . I am interested with the
    cold laser therapy. I have Kaiser Permanente and I am sure it will not be covered. How much will it cost?

  3. Tracey Bilodeau on September 9, 2019 at 11:55 pm

    I heard about laser therapy on the radio, and am searching for alternative relief for my mother’s chronic back pain, other than pills.
    She has Aetna Medicare… Is that accepted in your practice?
    How much are laser treatments, since they likely aren’t covered?

    • Cameron Hatam on September 10, 2019 at 9:20 am

      Good morning Ms. Bilodeau at this time insurance companies do not cover laser therapy. While we do accept Aetna insurance we are no longer in network with medicare. If Aetna is her primary insurance then she can use it for chiropractic services with us. If medicare is her primary then she cannot use it for chiropractic services. The laser alone is 75 dollars per one area of treatment. Thank you for reaching out to us. Please give us a call at 703-370-5300 if you would like to schedule a laser consultation.

  4. Lia William on October 19, 2019 at 1:42 am

    Very interesting blog! I was having knee pain and was in search of a cold laser therapist. I took several medicines but was unable to reduce knee pain. Then I saw this blog and decided to take treatment from Monroe Chiropractic and Massage. Now, I am satisfied and have seen much improvement in me.

  5. Roslia Santamaria on December 7, 2019 at 2:22 am

    I like this article.I was searching over search engines and found your blog and its really helps thank you so much

  6. Brian McIntyre on March 13, 2020 at 10:26 am

    Good Morning, I have burning sensation on my torso and back after going through chemotherapy. This sensation is worse with the slight touch such as wearing a shirt that moves when I walk. I believe this to be damaged nerve ending but not medical verified as of yet. The medications prescribe has yet to help calm the nerve ending thus looking for alternatives to meds. Has laser therapy been used to calm nerve ending that have been damaged from chemotherapy?

  7. Tondra on September 6, 2023 at 11:58 pm

    I have oestoarthiritis in Both Knees and I have Aetna Better Health Insurance? Do you accept that insurance for cold laser therapy.

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