Low Level Laser Therapy
Stimulate Tissue Repair | Resolve Inflammation | Reduce Pain | Improve Function
What is Low Level Laser Therapy?
Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) can improve tissue repair and reduce pain and inflammation. Treatments only usually take around 10 minutes and should be applied twice a week or more. LLLT is the application of monochromatic red or near infra-red light over the site of injuries or lesions to improve healing, reduce inflammation and give pain relief. The effects are photochemical (like photosynthesis in plants) and when red and near infra-red light is used correctly it reduces the oxidative stresses in cells and increases ATP. This improves cell metabolism and reduces inflammation. The effect is dependant on the wavelength and density of light applied to the target tissues for an appropriate time period.
What can LLLT treat?
Clinical applications of LLLT include acute or chronic tendinopathies, sprains and strains, neck and back pain, osteoarthritis, post-operative pain, neuropathic pain, lymphoedema and tissue healing. There is strong evidence for the use of LLLT with the treatment of musculoskeletal pain, injury and dysfunction as well as muscle fatigue and oral mucositis.
LLLT can assist in tissue repair by improving the speed and quality of the regeneration of skin, muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones and nerves. Studies show the resolution of inflammation with LLLT is at least equal to that achieved with NSAIDs but without the side effects.
Benefits of LLLT
- Strong evidence base
- Better results - healing, anti-inflammatory, analgesic
- Very low risk
- Almost no side effects
- Clean conditions
- Patient satisfaction
- Fast results
- Can treat very acute conditions
- Can use on children
Research behind LLLT
There have been over 200 clinical trials (RCTs) and over 1000 laboratory studies published on LLLT. Studies have shown LLLT improves healing, reduces muscle fatigue, muscle damage and DOMS. It has been proven more effective and safer than pharmaceutical anti-inflmmatories (NSAIDs) across a range of muscuolskeletal conditions.