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A Brief Background of Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) 

The scientific application of particular wavelengths of light began in the 20th Century and benefits began to emerge in the use of lasers for their therapeutic effects when applied at low power intensity.

This type of laser treatment is often referred to Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) or cold lasers where the irradiation of tissue at low doses resulted in an increased rate of healing.
 
LLLT stimulates and optimises the body’s natural healing process through controlled application of specific wavelengths of light which have particular physiological effects. Used primarily for wound healing, pain relief and soft tissue repair, it is a drug-free, non-invasive treatment employed in public and private health care institutions worldwide.
 
Low Level Laser can be used in conjunction with acupuncture or as an alternative to needles and it is particularily effective in treating the following conditions: 
  • Arthritis: From personal experience I know that LLLT is excellent for treating the pain associated with arthritis
  • Skin disorders: Cold sores (herpes), dermatitis, warts including verruca, chilblains, eczema, psoriasis and scars 
  • Smoking cessation: Many studies have shown how LLLT helps in reducing the withdrawal effects, but a sincere desire to quit is essential
  • Sports injuries: musculoskeletal problems can be relieved using LLLT 

How Laser Therapy Works

Low Level Laser Therapy aims to stimulate the body on a biochemical level. LLLT does not heat and won’t damage living tissue.   Low level laser therapy optimises the speed of repair in acute injuries but will also stimulate the body's repair processes in cases of non-healing or chronic conditions. Three distinct photobiological effects are known to occur when using Low Level Laser Therapy:
 
1. Healing growth factor response through: 
  • Increased ATP and protein synthesis
  • Improved cell proliferation
  • Change in cell membrane permeability to calcium up-take
 2. Pain relief through:
  • Increased endorphin release
  • Increased serotonin
  • Suppression of nociceptor action
3. Immune system support through:  
  • Increasing levels of lymphocyte activity
  • Photomodulation of blood