What is Low Level Laser Therapy?
Laser in an acronym for Light Amplification by the Simulated Emission of Radiation. Lasers emit coherent and direct light that can target specific processes in the body. Low Level Laser, also known as cold laser does not radiate heat in the tissue and the depth of penetration is determined by its specific wavelength. Due to these unique properties Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) has been widely researched and used since the 1960's. Today LLLT is used in wound healing clinics, allied health professional clinics and medical centres throughout the western world.
Low Level Lasers have shown to:
- Bio-modulate processes in the tissue.
- Increase ATP production in the mitochondria.
- Stimulate lymph fluid movement and the removal of cellular debris.
- Give a natural analgesic effect.
- Temporarily increase vasodilation to assist in blood flow to the affected area.
- Reduction in fibrous tissue formation.
What can be treated with LLLT
Low Level Laser can help with a multitude of conditions such as:
- Natural pain relief.
- Assist in lymph node stimulation and lymph fluid movement.
- Acute and chronic inflammation.
- Pre and Post cosmetic or elective surgery.
- Post mastectomy lymphoedema.
- Soft tissue injury.
- Wound healing
- Scar therapy
- Stimulates ATP production
- Alliviates pain through the gate control theory.
How many treatments are needed?
The frequency and number of treatments depend on the conditions being treated.
Each individual will respond differently as low level laser works on the cels processes for the effect. Low level laser is suitable immediately before and after surgical procedures.