High Powered Infrared Light
Cold Laser or Low Level Laser Therapy
Low Level Laser Therapy, commonly known as LLLT, or Cold Laser, is a form of phototherapy which involves the application of low-power coherent infra-red light to injuries and lesions to stimulate healing. LLLT is used to increase the speed, quality and tensile strength of tissue repair, resolve inflammation, and give pain relief.
The developer of LLLT is Erchonia Medical, one of the leading research companies in laser technology. Their work has brought incredible advancement to what is possible for chronic injury healing, pain management, improving neurological impairments, and facilitating the general healing process in many disease conditions.
HOW DOES LOW LEVEL LASER THERAPY WORK?
The effects of Low Level Laser Therapy are photochemical (cold), not thermal (heat-related). Hot lasers are used for surgical precision in the medical world, while cold lasers are used for healing precision.
During treatment of the tissue with the laser beam, an interaction takes place between photons from the laser and cells at the injury site. This interaction produces a photochemical process in which photons from the laser alter the permeability of the cell membrane. Once the cell membrane is more permeable, the photons can move into the cell and reach the cell’s mitochondria, where the cell’s energy is generated.
The photons in this part of the cell generate several important benefits:
Rapid cell growth – The laser accelerates cellular reproduction and growth.
Faster wound healing – The laser stimulates fibroblast development in damaged tissue. Fibroblasts are cells involved in wound healing and their increased presence reduced recovery time.
Increased metabolic activity – Helps the body increase output of specific enzymes, allowing greater oxygen delivery to blood cells and more effective immune response.
Reduced fibrous tissue formation – The laser reduces the formation of scar tissue following tissue damage from cuts, scratches, burns, or following surgery.
Anti-inflammatory action – The laser reduces swelling caused by bruising or inflammation of joints to give improved joint mobility.
Increased vascular activity – The laser stimulates lymph and blood circulation, allowing injured tissue to receive optimal circulation.
Stimulated nerve function – Slow recovery of nerve function in damaged tissue can result in “dead” limbs or numb areas. Laser will speed the process of nerve call reconnection to bring the numb areas back to life. Laser also increases the amplitude of action potentials to optimize muscle action.
WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OVER OTHER MODES OF THERAPY?
Low Level Laser Therapy has been found to offer stronger healing and pain-relief effects when compared to other electro-therapeutic modalities. The results seem untouchable for both the early stages of acute injuries, and for chronic problems. Low Level Laser Therapy can also be used for acupuncture point stimulation.
Low Level Laser Therapy is broadly applicable, treating muscle, tendon, ligament, connective tissue, bone, neurological dysfunction or damage, and skin tissue with one simple piece of equipment.
When the laser is applied along with chiropractic care, the best results are achieved to organize the nervous system and promote healing.
Low Level Laser Therapy is a major advantage for athletes given the neurological applications and the extremely fast results that can be achieved. This goes for animals too ! In the racing world, LLLT is used for horses and for greyhounds.
LOW LEVEL LASER THERAPY IS EFFECTIVE FOR
- Soft Tissue Injuries such as Sprains and Strains
- Tendonitis and Tenosynovitis
- Chronic Back and Neck Pain
- Myofascial Trigger Points
- Acupuncture points and Meridian balancing
- Acute and Chronic Joint Problems
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