What Is Low Level Laser Therapy?

low level laser melbourneMillions of people in Australia and around the globe visit a family physician each year for one common complaint – chronic pain. It is estimated that 1 out of 3 Australians is affected by some form of chronic pain annually. A while back, medications (such as NSAIDs, steroid injections, Pain Killer), alternative or complementary therapies (such as acupuncture, yoga, remedial massage, etc) and surgery were considered to be the only accepted therapies in alleviating or managing pain. However, all of these therapies carried their own specific risk profiles. There was a need for an effective treatment for pain that carried no or very low-risk profile. Low level laser therapy (LLLT) aka cold laser therapy was studied and its role in managing chronic pain was investigated for many years in Eastern Europe and Asia. After years of research and experimentation, it was finally concluded that LLLT is effective in reducing pain and edema, promoting healing, and inducing analgesia. Today, LLLT is used worldwide by healthcare professionals for the effective treatment of a wide variety of medical conditions and health problems. Let’s explore today what is low level laser therapy, how does it work, and what are some of its advantages?

What Is Low Level Laser Therapy?

laser therapyLow level laser therapy aka cold laser therapy or soft laser therapy; is actually a form of alternative medicine which involves the application of laser light of low intensity to the surface skin of the body to alleviate pain, decrease inflammation, prevent tissue damage, and promote healing of wounds, tissues, and nerves. It is an extremely effective non-thermal, non-invasive, drug-free, and safe medical procedure used to treat pain and speed up the healing process. Since this type of therapy addresses the root cause of the problem, instead of masking the pain, the patients are able to feel a marked decrease in the intensity of pain and a boost in the healing process. As a result, the patients are able to regain an active and healthy lifestyle with a short period of time.

Mode of Action

LLLT devices are handheld devices of the size of a flashlight that are used by the doctors/clinicians directly over the affected area for approximately 30 seconds to several minutes. Depending on the size of the area being treated and the intensity of the laser light being used, the doctor may increase or decrease the application time.

laser treatment of kneeThe cold laser light passes through the different layers of the skin and reaches the targeted area where it interacts with the light-sensitive elements in the cell. Within the cells, this photonic energy is then converted into chemical energy and utilized in the form of ATP. As a result of these events, oxidative stress is reduced, cell metabolism is improved, and the patient is able to enjoy a speedy recovery.

Treatable Conditions

Cold laser therapy or LLLT has been shown to be effective in the treatment of the following medical conditions and health problems:

  • chronic and acute pain
  • sprains and strains
  • inflammation
  • wounds and abrasions
  • joint injuries
  • hematomas
  • post-surgical wounds
  • myofascial trigger points

More recently, dermatologists have also started using LLLT to encourage skin rejuvenation. Today cold laser therapy is used to treat a number of skin problems such as burns, acne, vitiligo, acne scars, dermatitis, psoriasis, and rashes.

The Benefits | Low Level Laser Therapy Melbourne

Following are some of the advantages of Low level laser therapy:

  • Low level laser therapy can effectively treat a wide range of pains, wounds, and other medical conditions
  • It is a non-invasive procedure, so there are no surgical incisions in this type of treatment
  • Low level laser therapy does not involve taking any medications
  • The recovery time is usually much shorter than the surgical procedures
  • There are no side effects from this type of treatment
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