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.
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
- 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.