Synergy PT Sports Med March 2018

All About Cold Laser Therapy Feel the Chill

No, you won’t really feel a chill. It’s simply a name we use for a type of laser to differentiate it from the standard “hot laser,” which is used for tasks like precision cutting. Cold lasers are often used to heal nerve endings and cell degeneration. Cold lasers operate by firing light at a specific wavelength, which is much shorter than the wide wavelength of a standard laser. The light emitted by a cold laser mimics the healing power of UV light generated by the sun, and it speeds up the cell’s natural recovery process.

Reducing swelling caused by bruising or inflammation of joints to improve joint mobility Minimizing scar tissue formation after tissue damage due to trauma, cuts, scratches, burns, or surgery Increasing metabolic activity to help your body release specific enzymes, increase oxygen to blood cells, and encourage more effective immune responses Improving vascular activity by stimulating lymph and blood circulation to allow the tissue to maximize circulation Strengthening the immune system by increasing levels of white blood cell activity

Is cold laser therapy safe?

The use of cold laser therapy is FDA- approved, and it’s used for a number of different medical applications. You’ll find cold lasers used in dermatology, pain management, and sport medicine. Additionally, cold laser therapy is not painful or uncomfortable. Chances are you won’t feel a thing during treatment. At most, you may feel a slight tingle. The use of a cold laser works as a great addition to many therapies or as a stand-alone service. Some instances when cold laser therapy is not appropriate include when pregnant or breast- feeding, carcinoma, fever (greater than 100.4 degrees F), hemorrhages, or with a pacemaker. Your therapist will help determine if treatment is an option.

How are cold lasers used?

Relieving pain as a result of increased endorphin release

Creating shorter healing times, which may be less than one-third to one- half as long as treatment without the laser therapy

Zesty Zucchini

Laughter Is the Best Medicine

ENCHILADAS For a lighter take on enchiladas, go carb-free by swapping tortillas for zucchini! Ingredients

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4 large zucchini

1 tablespoon olive oil or ghee

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2 teaspoons chili powder

1 large onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced

3 cups cooked, shredded chicken

2 cups shredded cheese

2 teaspoons cumin

1 cup prepared enchilada sauce

Instructions

1. Heat oven to 350 F. In a large skillet, heat oil. Add onion, garlic, cumin, chili powder, and salt to taste. Stir to combine. Add chicken and 1 cup prepared enchilada sauce. 2. Use vegetable peeler to thinly slice zucchini. Lay out three slices, slightly overlapping, and spoon chicken mixture on top. Roll the zucchini “tortilla” and place on baking sheet. Repeat until all zucchini and chicken is used.

3. Cover the enchiladas with remaining sauce and sprinkle with cheese. Bake 20 minutes, and enjoy!

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Adapted from delish.com.

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