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Cold Laser And Detoxification

Cold Laser Therapy from Your Durham Chiropractor

Medical advances during the past decade have transformed the way we think about - and treat - chronic and acute pain and injuries. At Durham Chiropractic Center, we’re committed to ensuring our patients have access to the most advanced, cutting-edge treatment options aimed at helping them achieve meaningful, long-lasting pain relief and a speedy recovery from their injuries. For many patients, those goals are achieved through the use of a special technique called cold laser therapy that can be customized specifically for the needs of each individual patient for optimal and long-lasting results.

What is cold laser therapy?

Like the name implies, cold laser therapy uses laser energy to treat an array of soft tissue injuries. Unlike traditional laser treatments that generate significant heat energy to break down tissue, cold laser energy relies on a lower level of energy to help eliminate pain and swelling and improve function and mobility.

What happens during a cold laser therapy treatment?

The cold laser is used to decrease pain and promote soft tissue healing in areas of pain and injury. Cold Laser Therapy is a treatment that utilizes specific wavelengths of light to interact with tissue and helps accelerate the healing process. It can be used on patients who suffer from a variety of acute and chronic conditions in order to help eliminate pain, swelling, and improve function. This therapy is a powerful adjunct to the chiropractic adjustment and spinal rehabilitation session. It is a part of virtually every treatment session with Dr. Essman.

Cold laser therapy is performed in our office on an outpatient basis so you can get back to your regular routine right after your appointment. During your treatment, the doctor passes a handheld device over the treatment area. The device emits a steady stream of cool laser energy that penetrates to the deeper layers of tissue - up to two inches (five centimeters) below the skin’s surface. Once at the target zone, the energy is absorbed into the surrounding tissues where it triggers systemic and cellular reactions that help promote natural healing in the area, reducing pain, inflammation and stiffness while promoting circulation. Depending on your specific injury or issue, the doctor will apply the laser energy for anywhere from 30 seconds to two minutes per area.

What types of conditions can be treated with cold laser therapy?

Cold laser therapy can be used to treat an array of medical issues, including:

  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Knee pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Inflammation
  • Bursitis
  • Nerve-related injuries
  • Heel pain
  • Fibromyalgia and other pain syndromes
  • Arthritis
  • Repetitive use and overuse injuries
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Tendinitis

Because cold laser therapy is highly customizable, it can be used alone or in conjunction with other therapies to enable each patient to receive optimized care for their needs.

Cold Laser Treatment from a Leading Durham Chiropractor

Like any type of medical treatment, provider experience is critical. Cold laser therapy requires a degree of skill and expertise in order for you to achieve optimal benefits, and that means it’s very important to choose a provider with a long and successful history of using laser to treat pain and dysfunction. As a top-ranked medical provider in Durham, Durham Chiropractic Center is a leading provider of cold laser therapy, using the safest and most advanced techniques and technology to provide every patient with customized therapy focused squarely on their individual needs and goals. If you’re suffering from pain, swelling, or loss of function or mobility, contact Durham Chiropractic Center today at (919) 401-5061 to schedule a consultation and learn how we can help you feel better and get back to the activities you enjoy.

21 Day Weight Loss and Detox Program

Our 3 week purification program from Standard Process helps the body release toxins by cleansing the liver and other vital organs from the inside out. Standard Process' purification kit includes: a 3 week diet plan of whole, unprocessed foods, tasty organic shakes, and whole food supplements to help your body purify, rejuvenate, and rest. Exercise and lifestyle recommendations are also included to increase weight loss and the cleansing effect. The program is modified for athletes and individuals without weight loss goals to cleanse and detox while maintaining an active lifestyle.

Ionic Detoxification Footbath

Healthy negative ions can be generated in water using a low amperage electrical current, which breaks apart the water molecule, producing the negative atom. By soaking our feet in a negatively charged ionic bath for 30 minutes, we can imitate/enhance the healthful benefits of natural bodies of water. Removing/neutralizing these harmful toxins naturally improves one's health and creates a sense of well being. People who use the Ionic Foot Bath have reported an alleviation of such symptoms as headaches, fatigue, joint pain, stiffness, numbness, cold hands/feet, swelling, allergic reactions, dermatitis, memory loss, mental confusion, attention deficit, insomnia, and stress. Additionally, many people have reported feeling more energetic, more mental clarity, freedom from pain, and increased circulation in feet and hands.

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  • "Wonderful treatments and a great staff to assist Dr. Rick Essman. I could not go through a season without their care. Comfortable environment an escape"
    Joanne McCallie April 2012
  • "I'm so incredibly thankful that I met you guys... you saved me from having serious nerve surgery 2 years ago on my wrist, and for that I am forever grateful. I look back at my first visit to your office, when I couldn't pick up a pen to write, let alone ride my bike anymore because my ulnar nerve was completely dead. Wow. You saved my cycling (and my ability to button my shirt up)"
    Jenn K. / Durham, NC November 2009
  • "I have been a client of Durham Chiropractic Center and Dr. Rick Essman for years. As an endurance athlete I am constantly putting my body through all types of stress. Dr. Rick has changed my life with his Chiropractic skills, helping me through countless bumps, bruises, and injuries. Dr. Rick sets himself apart from other chiropractors I have seen because of his dedication to his clients’ long-term success. His focus and dedication to finding the route cause of issues in addition to treating the immediate symptom is what has made me a lifetime patient and is why I send all of my family and athletes that I coach his way."
    Ben Turits July 2015

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