Unlike high power lasers that use heat and destroy tissue, low energy lasers affect the cellular energy of the underlying tissue. Hot lasers have a thermal effect and have an output of 1MW or above. Cold (or) Low Level Lasers do not have a thermal effect on tissue, lasers that stimulate biological function have an output below 10mw-millwatts (ten-one thousands of a watt).
What conditions can be treated
Low Level Laser Therapy (3LT) has been successfully used to treat many conditions such as acute and chronic pain reduction, enhanced tissue wound healing, and cell regeneration. New studies published in (Podiatry Today, Issue Number: Volume 27 – Issue 10 – October 2014 ) show the effectiveness of low level laser treatment on pain and inflammation. Many professional teams from football, baseball, soccer and cycling have used laser therapy to enhance healing and speed recovery.
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How long are treatments
Treatments can vary in time with some requiring just 90 seconds up to 15 minutes, depending on the condition. The number of treatments and the length of treatment will very greatly on the problem, but most treatments require 4 to 6 sessions to make substantial progress. Research studies show that there may be a dose dependent response, so it may be more effective to treat at lower doses at multiple intervals then to treat a single time with a high dose.
How long does it last
A treatment plan may vary, depending on the condition, but the therapy is cumulative with the results lasting longer further in treatment. For instance, an acute soft tissue injury or open would may require multiple short treatments initially then the interval between treatments will lengthen as the condition improves.
How does it work
There have been numerous scientific studies and are many research articles that discusses different aspects of low laser light Therapy (LLLT), each with their own unique perspective, however the simple answer is through photonic absorption, laser light energy converts into chemical energy which initiates a cascade of events at a cellular level.
*LLLT promotes healing in many conditions because it penetrates the skin, increases the ATP and activates enzymes in the targeted cells.
*Growth factor response within the cells and tissue as a result of increased ATP and protein synthesis.
*Improved cell proliferation
*Pain relief as a result of increased endorphin release.
*Strengthening the immune system response via increasing levels of lymphocyte activity.
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