LLLT – Low Level Laser Therapy
LLLT (Low level laser therapy) is a painless, sterile, non-invasive, drug-free therapy which is used to treat a variety of pain syndromes, injuries, wounds, fractures, neurological conditions and pathologies. Cold laser is particularly useful when healing is slow to occur. Cold laser has been used to successfully treat pain, neuropathies (numbness and tingling of limbs), help with fatigue associated with cancer and other illnesses, and edema. It produces collagen to speed healing of musculo-skeletal inflammation and is used to avoid surgery and help reduce conditions that are difficult to treat with conventional means. Additionally, cold laser does not interact with other treatments or medications.
How Does Laser Light Heal?
Healing with the use of light is not new. Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, made references to light’s healing ability. With the development of the laser we can now use specific wavelengths of light and give accurately measured doses of energy directly to the appropriate treatment site.
Low level lasers supply energy to the body in the form of non-thermal photons of light. The light energy promotes a photochemical reaction which increases cellular metabolism. This, in turn, expedites cell repair and stimulates the immune, lymphatic, nervous, and circulatory systems. 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 immunostimulate effects. It is a scientific fact that light transmitted to the blood in this way has positive effects throughout 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. There are no pulsating shocks felt, as in forms of electronic stimulation, nor heat used as with ultrasounds. The most noticeable sensation is the touch of the probe head of the laser, as it comes in contact with the skin’s surface. Three to five percent of patients feel a slight tingling along the nerve pathway being treated. For the most part, the treatment, which lasts approximately 15 minutes for each area, 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. The majority of conditions treated will take anywhere from 6-8 to, perhaps, 10-18 treatments. The number of treatments depends upon the severity of the condition and how long the patient has been suffering with it.
Again, it cannot be stressed enough that cold laser therapy does not replace chiropractic care. If there are misalignments to one or more spinal bones, only chiropractic adjustments to those nerve impingements can fix the problem. Cold laser therapy, as an adjunct to chiropractic adjustments, can help reduce the symptoms associated with vertebral misalignments, i.e. pain and swelling, but, when used without the life giving realignments that chiropractic adjustments provide, LLLT/ cold laser is incapable of changing a patient’s health potential.
Should you seek cold laser treatments in our clinic, know that we will need to evaluate your spine for misalignments before beginning LLLT. It is a responsibility to tell you the truth about your health that we cannot ignore.