Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) is a treatment that uses specific wavelengths of light to interact with tissue and is well known for its effects of accelerating the healing process. It can be used on patients who suffer from a variety of acute and chronic conditions in order to help eliminate pain, swelling, reduce spasms and increase functionality.
How low level laser therapy works
Lasers are handheld devices used by the clinician and are often the size of a torch. The laser is placed directly over the injured area for 30 seconds to several minutes, depending on the size of the area being treated. During this time, the non-thermal photons of light that are emitted from the laser pass through the skins layers. This light has the ability to penetrate 2 to 5 centimetres below the skin at 90mw and 830 nm.
Once the light energy passes through the layers of skin and reaches the target area, it is absorbed and interacts with the light sensitive elements in the cell. This process can be compared to photosynthesis in plants – sunlight is absorbed by plants, which is then converted to usable energy so that the plant can grow.
When cells absorb this light energy, it initiates a series of events that eventually result in mending damaged or injured tissue, a reduction in pain, inflammation, and an overall reduction in healing time.
Is cold laser the same as low level laser therapy?
Cold laser therapy is sometimes called low-level laser therapy (LLLT), low-power laser therapy (LPLT), or soft laser. You may also hear it referred to as therapeutic laser, biostimulation, or photobiomodulation. The technique is called “cold” laser therapy because the low levels of light are not enough to heat your body’s tissue. The level of light is low when compared to other forms of laser therapy.
Laser pain management in Launceston
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