What is low level laser therapy? (LLLT)
LLLT uses different wavelengths and pulsing frequencies of visible and invisible red lights which are used to stimulate the cells involved in the body’s own healing process. The proven therapeutic effects of LLLT include improve/reduced healing time of injuries and wounds, reduced pain, reduced inflammation and swelling.
LLLT should be differentiated from the high powered lasers that can destroy or cut tissue such as those used in surgery. LLLT is pain-free, non-invasive, has no side effects as the technology stimulates and activates cell regeneration and function.
LLLT is especially effective for acute injuries, chronic conditions, infection, non-healing wounds and where the immune system is compromised. Laser therapy is a proven method of pain relief and can be safely used post-operatively.
Low level lasers should not be confused with surgical lasers which are a different classification of laser. Low level laser therapy cannot burn or harm the skin. Its effects are photo-biochemical, not thermal.
In addition to their direct healing applications, low level lasers also provide an alternative needle-free acupuncture, which was the same as Traditional Chinese Acupuncture and all of its healing benefits, but without the needles. Acupuncture is a 2500 year old ancient healing therapy that is used to rebalance the body and restore good health. Laser Light Acupuncture is completely pain and side effect free and can be used for patients who dislike needles or children and elderly people for whom needle acupuncture is unsuitable. If you have always wanted to try acupuncture but are afraid of needles then this treatment is perfect for you.
Conditions that can be treated with LLLT
- Arthritis both acute and chronic
- Sports injuries of Joints, ligaments, cartilage and muscles
- Skin conditions such as Psoriasis and eczema
- Back pain and sciatica
- Neck pain and headaches
- Plantar fasciitis (heel pain
- Tissue swelling, fracture healing
- Fluid swelling of joints
- Many more conditions
How does it Work?
The physiological effects of laser therapy have been extensively researched and the details of the mechanisms are increasingly becoming understood.
Particular wavelengths of light stimulate the body’s healing cells: initial absorption by the mitochondria leads to increased fibroblast cell proliferation and migration, with modulation of cytokine levels, growth factors, inflammatory mediators and increased tissue oxygenation – all part of the natural healing process.
Essentially by directly treating the damaged tissue with appropriate light, laser therapy helps the body to heal itself. It is especially effective for chronic conditions, or where the immune system is compromised, as it can also re-start a stalled healing process.
Established & Safe
Laser therapy is extremely safe. Low level lasers are used to treat a wide variety of conditions in medical organisations across the world. Often called ‘soft’ or ‘cold’ laser, the low intensity laser beam does not cut or burn and has no side effects, other than the feeling of relaxation. Laser goggles are worn as precautionary eye protection.
Most people are suitable for the therapy although there are certain cautions and contraindications as with any form of electrotherapy equipment – your clinician will advise.