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Low-Level Laser Therapy

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WHAT IS IT?

Low-level laser therapy (LLLT) is a form of electrotherapy. Specifically, it 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. Low-level therapy uses cold or subthermal laser light energy to direct biostimulative light energy to the body’s cells without injuring them in any way. The therapy is precise and accurate. It offers safe and effective treatment for a wide variety of conditions.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

When low-level light waves penetrate the skin, they stimulate mitochondria to increase their absorption of oxygen. This stimulates the mitochondria to produce more cellular energy known as A.T.P. This increase in cellular energy normalizes cellular function and speeds healing by approx. 75%. This has both anti-inflammatory and immunosupportive effects.

IS IT SAFE?

The first low-level therapeutic laser was developed in 1962. Since then, two types of medical lasers have been developed: high power and low power. High-power lasers are used to cut through tissue. Low-level lasers are used to stimulate tissue repair through a process of biostimulation. The energy range of low-level laser light lies between 1 and 500 milliwatts, while the energy range for surgical lasers is between 3,000 and 10,000 milliwatts.

This type of laser has been used in the United States for more than 20 years with remarkable and well-documented medical results. There are no side effects with LLLT and its benefits have been reported worldwide.

WHAT CAN IT DO FOR ME?

LLLT is a safe, non-invasive alternative to prescription or over-the-counter medications, which often have significant toxicity and adverse side effects. It can alleviate conditions that have previously been unresponsive to other treatment or for which surgery was considered the only option.

Low-level laser therapy can provide the following benefits to patients:

  • Relieves acute and chronic pain

  • Reduces inflammation

  • Stimulates nerve function

  • Helps generate new healthy cells and tissues

  • Promotes faster wound healing and clot formation

  • Stimulates the immune system

ADDITIONAL RESEARCH & INFORMATION

For additional research and information on low-level laser therapy, please visit www.laser.nu.

WHAT IS THE LENGTH OF TREATMENT?

The length of treatment with low-level laser therapy depends on the severity and history of the injury or condition. Treatment is given in small quantities over time. Improvements are usually noted in a short period. Also, low-level laser therapy does not require constant, on-going treatments as is often with traditional chiropractic or physiotherapeutic remedies.

HOW IS A TREATMENT PERFORMED?

After an initial consultation, LLLT treatments are performed in the office on a therapy table. The laser is applied to targeted areas. LLLT treatment require light-to-skin contact (in most cases).  Although some patients often experience a light sensation, no pain is involved.  A typical treatment will last two to three minutes per area.

IS IT EXPENSIVE?

The cost is $15-$30 per area, depending on the condition. LLLT is not covered by insurance, however affordable payment plans are available.

HOW CAN I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT LLLT?

There are more than 50 positive Double Blind Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) Studies that show clear evidence that LLLT is highly effective for the following conditions:

•chronic pain rheumatoid arthritis
acute (traumatic) pain fibromyalgia
neck, back pain lymphedema
tendonitis osteoarthritis
sports injuries migraines
painful trigger points postherpetic neuralgia
carpal tunnel syndrome scars and keloids
tennis/golfer elbow sinusitis, tonsillitis
acne, eczema TMJ disorders
inflammation skin conditions hearing loss
wounds and burns Meniere's Disease
non-healing ulcers tinnitus
vertigo  

To see a list of these studies and other references for Low Level Laser Therapy efficacy, please click here.