Low Level Laser light therapy

What is Low Level Laser light therapy? (LLLT) 

A laser is a device that emits light. The word ‘laser’ stands for Light Amplification by the Stimulated Emission of Radiation. Laser light emits from a very small single source creating what is known as a coherent light source. In this state the light particles, or photons, penetrate deeply into the tissues of the body, uniquely maintaining coherence to generate a therapuetic effect on the cells. Low level or ‘cold’ laser, uses low intensity light in wavelengths between 400 and 950nm as part of a treatment plan designed to meet the clients health needs. It is painless, non-invasive and rarely has side effects.

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Where did it originate?

Lasers were first used in Russia in the late 1960s. More recently, therapeutic applications of Low level laser therapy (LLLT) have been studied world wide, building a

substantial body of evidence. Over 3000 papers are now available on PUBMED, building a body of evidence on the physiological basis and clinical benefits of LLLT.

 

How does it work?

LLLT increases the production of nitric oxide which is the body’s natural blood vessel dilator. Increased nitric oxide and subsequent blood vessel dilation delivers more oxygen and nutrients to injured tissue assisting in healing and pain management.

LLLT has an inhibitory effect on pain receptors. LLLT influences the stimulation of internally produced neurotransmitters, pain-killing compounds and modifying protein metabolism which combine to reduce the perception and processing of pain and pain states.

LLLT has been shown to stimulate the mitochondria in cells, increasing production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP)- the body’s energy molecule- within the mitochondria, creating abundant cellular energy and contributing to accelerated tissue healing and reduced oxidative stress.

 

What can be treated?

Low Level Laser is a well-tolerated therapy. No significant side-effects from treatment have been reported during 45 years of clinical use. Treatment possibilities include:

  • Neck and back pain (upper and lower back) especially chronic pain
  • Tendonitis and tennis elbow
  • Arthritic pain and joint pain throughout the body
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Carpal tunnel and RSI
  • Sciatic nerve pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Neuralgia
  • Migraine
  • Muscle sprains and strains
  • Nerve pain in the extremities
  • Lymes Disease
  • Inflammatory conditions auto-immune disorders

Post-treatment we recommend clients use the LaSpot (portable laser watch), a LLLT portable device which contributes to ongoing wellbeing and therapeutic benefit.

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PROGRAMS

We have programs that focus on pain relief, injury recovery, stress relief, enhancing fitness, addressing anxiety and anti-aging.

At our Health Chat you can discuss which of our programs best fits your need.

We recommend you complete the whole of one of our programs to achieve the optimal outcome. These therapies work best and elicit greater change on the body’s physiology when done in a consistent and methodical way.

To really achieve a difference in your health, you will need to commit to 2-3 sessions per week.

We realise that each of our programs involves a significant financial commitment. While we encourage people to book all of their sessions and pay for the program up front, we do accept sessional payments. For details of the cost of our programs click here.

While insurance companies all support the concept of wellness and wellbeing, they have a limited number of therapies that they will cover to achieve this: acupuncture and remedial massage are the only aspects of the programs that are covered.

If you decide to do one of our programs you will, subject to availability, have unlimited access to the infrared sauna and PEMF that relate to your program.

These therapies include one or more of the following: PEMF (pulsed electromagnetic field therapy), far infra-red saunas and intermittent hypoxic therapy. Ring and ask to speak to our wellness consultant and she will guide you to the therapy or therapies of most benefit to you.

While we recommend people attend three sessions per week, we recognise this may not be possible for everyone. We encourage you to think seriously about what your priorities are and how you can manage your commitments prior to beginning the program. We have had some clients who have derived benefit from doing two sessions per week as this is all they are able to commit to. The gains may be slower to perceive and are different for every individual.

The best time to start the program is when you are able to make the personal commitment to yourself to complete the program and you are ready to attend to the aspects of your wellbeing that are important to you. The wellness consultants are here to support you through wellness coaching and facilitation of the therapies. Your role is to be present, aware and committed to the process.

Yes. All therapies available at WoW can be accessed individually and plans are available for the Infrared Saunas, Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy and Intermittent Hypoxic Therapy.



FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

A laser is a device that emits light. The word ‘laser’ stands for Light Amplification by the Stimulated Emission of Radiation.. Laser light comes from a very small single source creating what is known as a coherent light source. In this state the light particles, or photons, penetrate deeply into the tissues of the body, uniquely maintaining coherence to generate a therapuetic effect on the cells. Low level or ‘cold’ laser, uses low intensity light in wavelengths between 400 and 950nm as part of a treatment plan indiviually designed to meet clients’ health needs. It is painless, non-invasive and rarely has side effects.

Lasers were first used in Russia in the late 1960s. More recently, therapeutic applications of LLLT have been researched in other parts of the world building a substantial body of research. Over 3000 papers are available on PUBMED on the physiological basis and clinical benefits of low level laser therapy.

LLLT increases the production of nitric oxide which is the body’s natural blood vessel dilator. Increased nitric oxide and blood vessel dilation brings more oxygen and nutrients to injured tissue thereby resolving inflammation.

LLLT has an inhibitory effect on pain receptors. It also stimulates the production of endogenous opioids, serotonin and acetylcholine. Additionally, through modifying protein metabolism, LLLT can change the sensory processing of pain at the spinal ganglion or nerve relay centre.

LLLT can stimulate the mitochondria in cells to produce significantly more adenosine triphosphate (ATP) which is the body’s energy molecule. This increased production can be used to accelerate healing of tissue and to reduce oxidative stress.

Some examples are:

  • Neck and back pain (upper and lower back) especially chronic pain
  • Tendonitis and tennis elbow
  • Arthritic pain and joint pain throughout the body
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Carpal tunnel and RSI
  • Sciatic nerve pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Neuralgia
  • Migraine
  • Muscle sprains and strains
  • Nerve pain in the extremities
  • Peripheral Neuropathy and nerve injuries

Low Level Laser is a well-tolerated therapy. No significant side-effects from treatment have been reported during 45 years of clinical use.



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