Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT)
Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) improves tissue repair, reduces pain and inflammation wherever the beam is applied. Treatments take about 10 minutes and should be applied two or more times a week (usually by a doctor, therapist or technician).
LLLT has been used for many years on sports injuries, arthritic joints, neuropathic pain syndromes, back and neck pain. Over 200 randomized clinical trials have been published on LLLT, over half of which were written on pain.
LLLT users include British and US military, premier division soccer teams, olympic teams, Formula 1, and rugby and cricket teams. Pain specialists and therapists are also using it with great success in both the UK and USA.
LLLT is popularly used for soft tissue injuries, joint conditions, neuropathic pain, non-healing leg and pressure ulcers. It increases the speed, quality and tensile strength of tissue repair. It also resolves inflammation and relieves pain (analgesia).
Tissue Repair and Anti-Inflammatory Effects
The primary effect occurs when light is absorbed in cytochrome c oxidase, a protein within the mitochondria.
Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) at the correct wavelength and density, allows ATP to be restored and oxidative stress to be reduced. Once normal mitochondrial function is restored by LLLT then cell metabolism improves, oxygen and nutrients are better utilized and ultimately the patient improves.