Introduction to Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT)
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Laser therapy is now widely accepted as a viable treatment for a variety diagnoses.

Penetrating low-level laser waves of the 820-840 nanometer wavelength has been effective at restoring balance (normalization) to the body's nerve network, lymphatic and circulatory systems.

A good example of how LLLT speeds up the normalization process can be demonstrated with sudden onset soft tissue trauma. After the trauma, swelling naturally occurs to protect the area. However, this swelling can decrease fluid exchange preventing the normal delivery of nutrition the the damaged area.

Low-level laser therapy first targets the lymphatic system, because it maintains the fluid balance in the body; and the infrared laser light also improves reabsorption of the swelling. With LLLT, swelling is reduced, allowing movement to return to the treated area.

Conditions Commonly Treated with Laser Therapy

Inflammatory conditions:

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Epicondylitis
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Bursitis

Connective Tissue Disorders:

  • Sprains
  • Strains
  • Tendonitis
  • Tendon ruptures

Pain Management:

  • Fibromyalgia
  • Myofascial Pain
  • Neck pain
  • Low back pain

Skin injuries / conditions:

  • Surgical incisions
  • Skin ulcers
  • Burns
  • Skin grafts

Muscle injury / Disorders:

  • Muscle bruises, contusions
  • Muscle ruptures
  • Muscle contractures
  • Myositis
  • Muscle Spasms

Joint Injuries / Disorders:

  • TMJ disorders
  • Osteo Arthritis
  • Dislocations
  • Ligament Injury

Neurological injury / disorders:

  • Prolapsed/ Bulging disk
  • Ruptured disk
  • Crush injuries
  • Neuritis
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The Effects of Low Level Laser Therapy

  • Increased cell metabolism
  • Simulated cell growth
  • Cell regeneration
  • Increased tissue activity
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Edema reduction
  • Reduced fibrous tissue formation
  • Stimulated nerve function
  • Collagen deposition
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Laser Therapy FAQ's

What is Low Level Laser Therapy?

Low-level laser therapy, sometimes referred to as Cold Laser Therapy, is a painless, sterile, non-invasive, drug-free treatment which is used to treat a variety of pain syndromes, injuries, wounds, fractures, neurological conditions and pathologies. Laser therapy can be used any time a patient needs a non-invasive procedure for the control of pain, when conventional therapies have been ineffective, or when the acceleration of healing from injuries is desired.

Is Laser Therapy Safe?

Laser therapy has been successfully used around the world for over 25 years, with no reported long-term or irreversible side effects. Our Laser has been cleared by the FDA for the treatment of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and other joint and muscle problems. It has successfully treated chronic and acute pain, wounds, sports injuries, and more

How Does Laser Light Heal?

Low-level lasers supply energy to the body in the form of non-thermal photons of light. Light is transmitted through the skin's layers (the dermis, epidermis and the subcutaneous tissue or tissue fat under the skin) at all wavelengths in the visible range. However, light waves in the near infrared ranges penetrate the deepest of all light waves in the visible spectrum. When low level laser light waves penetrate deeply into the skin, they optimize the immune responses of our blood. This has both anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive effects. It is a scientific fact that light transmitted to the blood in this way has positive effective through-out the whole body, supplying vital oxygen and energy to every cell.

What to Expect During a Laser Therapy Treatment Session?

For most people, laser therapy is quite passive. Some patients have reported a slight tingling or tapping in a nerve or along a nerve pathway. Some have noted that they are able to sense a slight feeling of warmth. But for the most part, the treatment, which may last from 15 to 30 minutes, is not noticed at all. Following (and even during) a laser therapy session, approximately 75-80% of patients being treated can notice an immediate improvement in their condition. This will depend primarily on the type of condition and the length of time the condition has been present. Generally, the more chronic or severe the condition, the longer it takes to respond. The majority of conditions treated will take anywhere from 4-15 treatments. Once again, the number of treatments depends upon the severity of the condition and its duration. There are some conditions that will never completely resolve but can be helped and maintained with laser therapy. If your condition does not change immediately, it may take 3-4 sessions before a dramatic or marked change is perceived.

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