I use Cold Laser Therapy as an enhancement to the Rolfing sessions. It consists of shining light on the body for usually 2-5 minutes. This light penetrates the body, allowing it to heal itself. Cold lasers are regularly used in Asia and Europe. In the US, they are in use with some doctors, dentists, chiropractors, and Rolfers. They are common among professional sports teams.The laser speeds of the regeneration of healthy cells and increases the production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which releases cell energy. They are essentially bio-modulators. Just like a number of pendulum clocks on the wall will eventually “entrain” or synch up, cells in the body will entrain with the laser. If the body is doing too little or too much, the laser will up-regulate or down-regulate.During laser treatments, there is no thermal effect, and most people feel nothing at all. Although the wavelength remains constant at 635 nanometers to match the human body, there are thousands of different frequency settings that are used for the type of tissue and the desired result.Many of the structural issues I encounter in my Rolfing practice can be traced to a muscle or muscle group doing too much (and becoming tense and overworked) or too little, aka weak. Sometimes the best approach is to strengthen the weak muscle through exercise or movement education, but if the nerve pathway is blocked in some way, the muscle still will not fire properly. The laser opens up those neural pathways to allow proper functioning.
I use the state-of-the-art Erchonia PL5000 laser. To learn more about Cold Laser research, applications, and the Erchonia laser itself, click here.