Low-level laser therapy (LLLT) is a medical treatment that uses low power lasers directed at the human body to assist in pain relief. These low power lasers utilize specific wavelengths of light which interact with tissue accelerating the healing process. LLLT can be used on patients who suffer from a variety of acute and chronic conditions to help eliminate pain, swelling, reduce spasms and increase movement.
LLLT is also known as Cold Laser Therapy. It has been cleared by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) since 2002, as well as by Health Canada.
How LLLT works
Low Level Lasers are devices used by healthcare practitioners. The laser is placed directly over the problem area and other areas of the neuromusculoskeletal-fascial-meridian system for several minutes depending on the condition being treated.
During this time, the non-thermal photons of light that are emitted from the laser pass through the layers of the skin.
Once the energy passes through the layers of skin and reaches the target area, it is absorbed and interacts with the light sensitive elements in the cell. This process can be compared to photosynthesis in plants – sunlight is absorbed by plants, which is then converted to usable energy so that the plant can grow.
As the cells absorb the energy, it initiates a series of natural chemical events in the cell that eventually result in normalizing damaged or injured tissue, in a reduction in pain, inflammation, edema, and an overall reduction in healing time by increasing intracellular metabolism.
When the visible light is applied to the injured area, the light painlessly penetrates below the skin’s surface and the essential tissues. The therapy causes cellular activities and processes that promote healing and help reduce pain and swelling in a very short time.
LLLT can photo-stimulate all cell types including muscle, ligament, cartilage, nerves, etc. Therefore, numerous conditions can be treated. Some of the conditions that can be treated include but are not limited to:
- Arm pain
- Arthritis pain
- Back pain
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Fibromyalgia pain
- Knee pain
- Migraine headaches
- Neck pain
- Repetitive Stress Injuries
- Soft Tissue Injuries
- Wound Healing
Effectiveness of LLLT
For years, healthcare practitioners have been using Low Level Laser Therapy on patients who are seeking effective, alternative methods for pain relief. Since 1967 there have been over 2,500
clinical studies published worldwide. Our studies are double-blinded, placebo-controlled and have demonstrated Low Level Laser to be a proven method for pain relief.
Benefits of LLLT
LLLT is a non-invasive, painless, and no-down-time treatment. It does not involve taking any medications and there are no side effects.
LLLT has many health benefits:
- Relieves acute pain
- Relieves chronic pain
- Improves muscle tissue and collagen
- Expedites tissue repair
- Increases blood circulation
- Increases cell metabolism
- Reduces edema
- Reduces inflammation
- Stimulates nerve function
- Promotes wound healing
- Supports the immune system
- The only absolute contraindications are:
- Active Cancer
Low Level Laser Therapy, when applied with the right devices is the medicine of the future and the option for a variety of treatments that can offer pain relief, especially for patients seeking a treatment without the use of surgery or drugs.
It is one of the safest methods to help you attain relief from pain. Get ready to become active and welcome your healthier self once again at OHR Medical. Book an online consultation on our website today!