What Is Light or Low Level Laser Therapy?
Light and low-level laser therapy is the application of red and near infrared light over injuries or wounds to improve soft tissue healing and relieve both acute and chronic pain. Light therapy uses cold (subthermal) laser or LED light energy to direct bio-stimulative light energy of specific wavelengths to the body’s cells without injuring or damaging them in any way. The therapy is precise and accurate; and offers safe and effective treatment for a wide variety of conditions. The energy range of low level laser light lies between 1 and 500 mW (milliwatts), while for surgical lasers the energy range lies between 3,000 and 10,000 mW.
How Does Low Level Laser Therapy Work?
Low-level lasers supply energy to the body in the form of non-thermal photons of light. Light is transmitted through the skin’s layers (the dermis, epidermis and the subcutaneous tissue or tissue fat under the skin) at all wavelengths in the visible range. However, light waves in the near infrared ranges penetrate the deepest of all light waves in the visible spectrum.
When low level laser light waves penetrate deeply into the skin, they optimize the immune responses of our blood. This has both anti-inflammatory and immunological effects. It is a scientific fact that light transmitted to the blood in this way has positive effective throughout the whole body, supplying vital oxygen and energy to every cell. The local area stimulated by the laser light promotes energy production in the mitochondria (the ‘engine’ of the cells).
The Physiological Effects of Low Level Laser Therapy
Increase of cell metabolism
2. Improved blood circulation and vasodilatation
3. Analgesic effect
4. Anti-inflammatory and anti-edematous effects
5. Stimulation of wound healing
How Does Low Level Laser
Therapy (LLLT) Benefit Users?
* Relieves acute and chronic pain
* Increases the speed, quality and tensile strength of tissue repair
* Increases blood supply
* Stimulates the immune system (killer cells)
* Stimulates nerve function
* Develops collagen and muscle tissue
* Helps generate new and healthy cells and tissue
* Promotes faster wound healing and clot formation
* Reduces inflammation
Low-level laser therapy does not require constant, ongoing treatments, as is often required with traditional chiropractic or physiotherapeutic remedies.
Is Low-Level Laser Therapy for You?
1. Do you suffer pain from an old or new sports injury or accident?
2. Do you suffer from repetitive stress injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome?
3. Do you suffer from lower back pain?
4. Do you suffer from migraine headaches?
5. Do you take pain medications more than three times a week?
6. Do you ever wake up in the night with pain?
7. Do you suffer from skin ulcers, bed or other pressure sores?
8. Do you suffer from acne or rosacea?
9. Do you have potential scarring from a recent surgery?
10. Do you suffer from herpes simplex (cold sores)?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, low-level laser therapy may be for you.
Many acute and chronic conditions can be improved or eliminated with laser use, including:
- Pain Relief
- Wound Healing
- Migraine headaches
- Lower back pain
- Repetitive Stress Injuries (RSI)
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS)
- Sprains and strains
- Post-operative pain
- Tennis Elbow
- Golfer’s Elbow
- Soft tissue injuries
- Post-operative wounds
- Pressure sores
- Herpes simplex
Laser therapy has over 30 years of research and experience in Europe and is widely accepted.
However Laser/light therapy is new to the United States. Therefore the procedure may not be covered by your insurance company yet.
Light therapy is affordable to most patients as an out of pocket (cash payment) procedure.
Call for current pricing. We generally see improvement occuring in 3 to 6 visits or 2 to 3 weeks. Initial improvement may be seen in 1 to 5 days for many patients. Length of therapy depends on how long the condition has existed and other personal lifestyle factors that effect healing.
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