Cold Laser Therapy & Trigger Point Dry Needling
Anchor Physical Therapy Spine & Sports Medicine in Broomfield, Colorado offers an alternative to traditional pain relief and healing methods that use drugs or reinjures the tissues. We offer Cold Laser therapy for pain relief and healing, and trigger point dry needling therapy to treat painful muscle tightness and spasms. Request an appointment online or call (303) 460-0329 to schedule your preferred appointment.
How Cold Laser Therapy Works
Our staff is trained in using the 830Laser, which is FDA Approved. The 830Laser is a type of Cold Laser Therapy that emits low-level light energy through the skin. The Cold Laser targets injured tissue and spares healthy tissue. The light energy stimulates cell repair, reduces inflammation, and speeds natural collagen growth.
Cold Laser therapy is fast, safe, has no side effects, and involves no medications or surgery. Treatments typically last from 10 to 40 minutes. Treatments can be repeated if necessary.
Cold Laser Therapy can be helpful for most adult and pediatric joint, tendon, and nerve pain, including:
Functional Dry Needling (FDN)
Also known as Trigger Point Dry Needling (TDN), is a treatment for muscular tightness and spasms which commonly occur with acute injuries or chronic pain, such as neck or low back pain, running injuries, shoulder tendonitis, or other injuries. Muscular tightness and spasm can often cause compression and irritation of the nerves, decreasing the muscle’s ability to relax. With FDN treatment, small, thin needles are inserted in the muscles at the site of spasm or trigger point. When the needles are inserted, the muscles contract and release, allowing for improved flexibility, muscle function, and decreased spasms.
Because the needles are so thin, the patient often does not even feel the needle go in but will quickly feel relief from the muscle relaxing. The patient typically notices immediate increased flexibility of the muscle and a decrease in symptoms. Intramuscular electrical stimulation can also be used to facilitate this process in deeper, harder to reach muscle groups such as the hips and gluteal muscles. The primary goal of FDN is to desensitize supersensitive structures and restore motion and function through releasing shortened muscles, promoting healing, and decreasing muscle spasm.
FDN can be helpful for many conditions including but not limited to:
- Neck Pain
- Low Back Pain
- Cluster Headache
- Sprains and Strains
- Patellofemoral syndrome
- Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
And many others!