Cold laser (low level laser therapy) uses light within certain parameters to regenerate tissue, reduce inflammation and reduce pain.
Laser treatment for pain and inflammation
Patients who have experienced persistent pain understand how valuable any improvement is. While managing or treating pain has the obvious benefit of pain relief, the overall benefits can be much more significant. Persistent pain often causes fatigue and can begin to put a strain on your body. This can result in a host of other complications, including headaches and sleep deprivation.
Treating pain won’t necessarily solve your fatigue, but it has—in some cases—been shown to help. Then there’s also the fact that pain can limit movement in joints as well as affect your social and professional life. It is important to recognise that pain management won’t solve all your physical health problems, but reducing the symptoms of pain has been shown to have other physical health benefits.
What is low level laser therapy?
Low level laser therapy is the application of red and near infra-red light over injuries or lesions. When applied at the site for a period of time, LLLT can improve wound and soft tissue healing (skin wounds, muscle, tendon, bone, nerves), reduce inflammation and give relief for both acute and chronic pain. It does this by increasing cellular energy and reducing oxidative stress.
When applied by a doctor, therapist or technician, low level laser therapy can effectively treat a range of conditions, including:
- Acute or chronic tendinopathies
- Sprains and strains
- Neck and back pain
- Heal pain (Plantar Fasciitis)
- Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)
- Post-operative pain
- Tissue healing
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Low level laser therapy in the media
Video source: THOR Photomedicine Ltd
How does low level laser therapy work?
Understanding the treatment process
Every cell in our body has millions of energy generators known as mitochondria. These cell powerhouses are responsible for providing most of the required ATP for cells, which is the major energy currency of cells.
ATP also drives a multitude of cellular and physiological functions, including those specifically responsible for injury repair and pain relief.
As a result of injury or trauma, cell damage occurs. In the case of disease, minor injuries or ageing, cells become stressed. In these instances, the mitochondrion produces nitric oxide (NO).
Once cells are damaged or stressed, ATP production is significantly reduced. As a result, the speed of tissue regeneration and healing reduces dramatically.
The low level laser application delivers a specific wavelength and density of light to affected cells. Using the right parameters, nitric oxide ix released allowing oxygen back in. This process restores ATP and as a result, oxidative stress is reduced.
Once the regular mitochondrial function is restored, cell metabolism is improved, reducing inflammation and pain, and repairing tissue.
Cold laser therapy benefits
Low level laser therapy offers non-surgical and drug-free pain relief, regenerative healing, and improved tissue regeneration. By increasing ATP production, and reducing oxidative stress, low level laser therapy delivers a multitude of benefits, including:
- Restored joint mobility through reduction in pain and stiffness
- Improved muscle strength
- Reduced muscle fatigue or soreness
- Significant reduction of inflammation
- Analgesic effects that last for 48 hours
- Healing time of chronic tendinopathies reduced by 70%
These results are based on the clinically studies supplied by THOR Photomedicine Ltd.
LLLT typically takes 15 – 20 minutes and should be applied two or more times a week for 6 weeks. However, this is dependent on the patient’s severity of injury or condition. Treatments should be consecutive to gain optimal results.
The number of treatments to manage or treat your pain depends on:
- How long you’ve had the problem
- Where the problem is
Generally, LLLT should be applied two or more times a week for 6 weeks. While this may sound excessive, LLLT is an effective alternative to invasive procedures or lifelong medication. If your condition is dated or severe, the treatment plan and longevity will reflect this.
There have been some cases where patients feel relief after one appointment. However, it is important to remember that it does depend on the severity of your injury and duration as the laser has to regenerate or stimulate cells.
Low level laser therapy is a great option for patients looking for pain relief without surgery, or want to reduce the need for pain medications.
It’s important to keep in mind that the effectiveness of this therapy depends on a number of factors. The experience of the practitioner using the laser, the type of pain your experiencing, where the pain is located, and how long you have had the injury for.
When considering your options, you should speak to a qualified health professional to ensure low level laser therapy is the best treatment option for you.
Referral from your General Practitioner would be beneficial. For more information, please contact your GP or our friendly team on (03) 63347253
As the name suggests, low level laser therapy involves the use of low strength, cold lasers and LEDs. The light being emitted to the targeted area produces no heat. As such, most patients report little to no discomfort during treatment.
Low Level Laser Therapy in Tasmania
Patients seeking a pain management solution without surgery or drugs can benefit from the low-level laser therapy.