What is low level laser therapy?
Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) improves tissue repair which can ultimately reduce pain and inflammation wherever the light ray is applied. Treatments take only a few minutes and can be applied two or more times a week.
LLLT has been used for many years on sports injuries, arthritic joints, neuropathic pain syndromes, back and neck pain.
Does low level laser therapy work for sports injuries?
For over a decade LLLT has been used by physiotherapists on sports injuries. LLLT improves healing, achieves better pain relief when compared in clinical trials and has no known side effects. LLLT is considered to be one of the safest forms of electrotherapy and has more published research evidence supporting it than any other form of electrotherapy. It is used by physiotherapists for pain relief, resolution of inflammation and tissue repair.
LLLT encourages cell reproduction, offering pain relief and treating the deeper cause of the pain. Cold laser wavelengths are adjusted depending on the type of injury being treated and how deep the laser light needs to go down.
LLLT can treat a wide range of sports injuries including:
- Sprains and strains
- Muscle fatigue
- Tennis elbow
- Rotator Cuff Injury
- Knee joint injuries
- Shoulder pain
- Shin pain
Benefits of low level laser therapy for athletes
The advantages of LLLT for athletes are:
- Non-invasive procedure
- Fewer complications
- No complications for athletes conscious of drug testing
- Simple administration
Low level laser therapy side effects
There are no known side effects of LLLT when used properly, following the user guidelines
- Wear protective eyeglasses during LLLT—looking directly at the light can damage your retinas.
- Do not receive LLLT if you are pregnant.
- Do not laser potentially cancerous lesions—LLLT can stimulate proliferation of existing cancer cells.
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