Looking to increase your body’s healing process with a painless, non-invasive technique? Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) or Photobiomodulation is an alternative to other forms of pain relief that could be exactly what you are looking for.
LLLT uses infrared lights or low-level lasers to break down nitric oxide that has built up in the body. This occurs during disease or injury through stress. Mitochondria, when affected by stress, will produce vast amounts of nitric oxide. In turn, oxygen is displaced and inflammation occurs. Sometimes, the cells will even die. With LLLT, the oxygen supply increased, stimulating the cells and promoting healthier tissues.
Wherever low-level laser therapy is used on the surface of the body, be it head, neck, shoulders, back, legs, or elsewhere, pain can be relieved and inflammation reduced.
What Can Low-Level Laser Therapy Help With?
LLLT is used as pain management for a wide variety of issues, including:
- Degenerative Disc Disease
- Spinal Stenosis
- Pinched Nerves
Soft Tissue and Sports-Related Injuries:
- Muscle Strain
- Ligament Sprain
- Knee Injuries (torn meniscus, bursitis)
- Neck and Shoulder Pain
Repetitive Stress Injuries:
- Tennis Elbow
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Muscle Spasms
Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ)
- Lymphedemal (Swelling)
Benefits of Photobiomodulation
There is strong evidence supporting the usefulness of low-level laser therapy in the medical setting. The US FDA has approved LLLT use for slowly healing wounds, wrinkles, chronic joint pain, hair loss, and acne.
Some other known benefits of LLLT include:
- Rejuvenated skin and brightened tone
- Reduced appearance of wrinkles
- Sun damage repair
- Activated lymphatic system to assist with detoxification
- Decreased inflammation
- Short term relief of carpal tunnel syndrome
- Relief from skin conditions like acne, rosacea, and eczema
- Increased circulation
How Low Level Laser Therapy is Done
For most individuals, a low-level laser therapy session is very passive. You do not feel anything, be it electrical stimulation or heat. The most noticeable sensation is the probe, or head, of the laser. However, there is no pain, just a pleasant warmth. A very small percentage of patients may feel a tingling, but that is rare.
The session will last between 8-20 minutes. Following a low level laser therapy session, most patients (about 75-80 percent) will notice almost immediate improvement. However, this depends on the condition, body region being targeted, and the length of the session.
Often, chronic or severe conditions will take a few sessions to respond. Many conditions begin to lessen in severity between 4-5 or 10-18 sessions. Again, the frequency of LLLT sessions depends on the condition you have and how long you have had it. If your condition does not see improvements, give it 3-4 sessions before deciding whether LLLT is right for you.
LLLT is an excellent way to lessen the pain you feel and get back to doing what you love most. The best part is that low level laser therapy can be used by anyone. If you are curious, why not sign yourself up for a session? You have nothing to lose!