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Cold Laser Treatment for Shingles

Excruciatingly painful and often debilitating, shingles is caused by the varicella-zoster virus (VZV), which causes chickenpox in the young. There’s a 30% lifetime chance people will develop shingles, which is highly prevalent when you get older. Once the virus goes into hibernation, it settles into your nervous system, high up in the nerve near your spine. It sits there and stays quiet for a long time.

What Wakes up the Virus?

There are several things that can activate the virus:

  • Trauma to the areas of the nerve
  • Poor nutrition
  • Chemotherapy treatment
  • Radiation treatment
  • Severe stress

The use of anesthetics in surgery can weaken the body’s immune system and allow the virus to spread down the nerve.

What Do Shingles Feel Like?

With shingles, the skin supplied by the nerve can erupt in blisters and seep fluid. Shingles is very disfiguring to look at and causes intense searing pain that is not controllable with medication. Even the strongest narcotics will not control the pain, and the drugs also come with side effects.

Some people don’t get a rash, but they will experience headaches, dizziness and weakness. Even without the rash symptoms can be debilitating. Scarring of the skin and eyes (if the virus goes into the eyes) can be very detrimental, and the pain can last for months, sometimes years and in some cases the rest of a person’s life.

Healing with Cold Laser

I have found that, through reading scientific literature and my experience with patients, the use of cold laser especially soon after the shingles erupt has been very beneficial. Cold laser can alleviate the pain and increase the healing rates. Though there are many types of cold laser, some are not very efficient. We use a Type 3B medical laser that’s a 900-nanometer laser, which has a variety of uses. The laser is very powerful at 17 times the brilliance of the sun but you must never shine it in someone’s eyes.

This non-cutting, non-burning type of laser can penetrate deep down into the surface of the body, and it stimulates the surrounding tissue. The laser stimulates the mitochondria (the little organelles inside each cell) to speed up the energy production to produce these small energy cells called ATP that give you faster energy for repair.

In short, the Type 3B medical laser speeds up the healing process, reduces inflammation and can be used over acupuncture sites. (I’m also a certified acupuncturist).

Shingles Free After Three Treatments

One of my patients was an 83-year-old woman who was the first case of shingles that I used the laser on. She had presented to her doctor with neck and arm pain down to her third finger. The doctor said, “Are you sure it’s not something in your neck?” He gave her anti-inflammatories and muscle relaxants. Then a rash appeared, and she thought it was from the medications she was prescribed. When she returned to the doctor, he saw the rash, thought she was allergic to the medications and said that he couldn’t help her.

When she came to me after being referred by a friend, she showed me the rash that looked like a strip down to her middle finger. I told her right away that she had shingles and that there’s a vaccination available. When she got to the MD, she was told that she waited too long and that she would have trouble for a very long time as it was a severe case.

After going home and googling the best current treatment for shingles, cold laser came up as a result. After she searched for cold laser in Edmonton, our office came up as #1 in the search results. After providing her with three treatments, everything was healed up, and she was pain-free. I’ve treated many other shingles cases since then. The earlier we catch it, the better cold laser works!

Cold laser is a safe, effective and affordable treatment for shingles. If you’d like more information or would like to schedule a consultation, call our office today!

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