Benefits of Low-Level Lasor Therapy (LLLT) to Users
- ·Relieves acute and chronic pains
- ·Increases the speed, quality and tensile strength of tissue repair
- ·Increases blood supply
- ·Stimulates the immune system
- ·Stimulates nerve function
- ·Develops collagen and muscle tissue
- ·Helps generate new and healthy cells and tissue
- ·Promotes faster wound healing and clot formation
- ·Reduces inflammation
Applications of LLT
According to published Medical Reports, many acute and chronic conditions may be improved or eliminated with laser use; including:
- ·Acupuncture Points
- ·Arthralgia/ Arthritis
- ·Back Pain
- ·Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- ·Herniated/ Bulging Discs
- ·Knee Pain
- ·Migraine Headaches
- ·Muscle Pains/ spasms
- ·Neck Pain/ Whiplash
- ·Nerve Pain/ Radiculopathy
- ·Planter Fasciitis
- ·Post-Operative Pain
- ·Sprains/ Strains
- ·TMJ Pain/ Dysfunction
- ·Tennis Elbow
- ·Trigger Points
- ·Wound Healing
Introduction to Low-Level Laser Therapy (“LLLT”) Technology
Medical researchers began using laser biostimulation in the late 1960’s with low-powered laser beams that produced non-thermal effects on human tissue. The first reported cases involved slow-healing ulcers. The efficacy of this low-level laser therapy, or “LLLT,” is substantiated by objective research that continues (See “Studies”).
Laser wavelengths between 820 nanometers (nm) and 840 nm have an extremely low absorption rates in human tissue. This means that laser light penetrates deeply at those frequencies
Experimenting clinicians found that an 830 nm laser is optimal for treating chronic pain. An example of how LLLT works involves soft tissue trauma. These types of injuries consist of damage to the deep, sensitive layers of tissue beneath the epidermis, including muscular, neural, lymphatic, and vascular tissue.
The human body normally reacts to this soft tissue trauma by “splinting” the injury with edema, a thin or watery fluid in tissue spaces or cell interstices. However, excess edema causes swelling that inhibits movement of the damaged tissue.
These injuries result in two types of pain. The first is actual traumatic pain from the injury itself, and the second pain is from the swelling that results. LLLT focuses first on the lymphatic system which maintains the body’s fluid balance, while the laser light also helps absorb the excess edema. LLLT thus provides relief in two ways.
MicroLight has FDA clearance for devices under both the “NHN” and “ILY” classifications.The MicroLight ML830® was cleared by the FDA for treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome. (See “About Us”). This clearance followed a double-blind study on CTS that was conducted at General Motors.
What is LLLT?
LLLT (Low level laser therapy) is a painless, sterile, non-invasive, drug-free treatment which is used to treat a variety of pain syndromes, injuries, wounds, fractures, neurological conditions and pathologies. Laser therapy can be used any time a patient requests or needs a drug-less procedure for the control of pain, when conventional therapies have been ineffective, or when the acceleration of healing from in-juries is desired.
Around the world, laser therapy is rapidly becoming a medical therapy that can heal wounds and fractures up to 60% faster and also reduce the cost of treatment for many conditions. In the UK, LLLT has become the treatment of choice for soft tissue “whiplash” injuries and for the treatment of painful post-herpetic neuralgia (shingles pain).
How does Laser Light Heal?
Healing with the use of light is not new. Light therapy was reported to be effective for many conditions by Hippocrates. With the development of the laser and it’s special properties, using light as a treatment has gained more popularity. This is because we can now use specific wavelengths of light and give accurately measured doses of energy directly to the appropriate treatment site, which was not possible with other light sources.
Low level lasers supply energy to the body in the form of non-thermal photons of light. Light is than transmitted through the skin’s layers (the dermis, epidermis and the subcutaneous tissue or tissue fat under the skin) at all wavelengths in the visible range. However, light waves in the near infrared ranges penetrate the deepest of all light waves in the visible spectrum. 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 immune stimulate 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 is 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 uses 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.
Some patients (3-5 % of those undergoing light therapy) have reported a slight tingling or tapping in a nerve or along a nerve pathway. Some have noted that they are able to sense a slight felling of warmth. But for the most part, the treatment, which may last from 2 to 20 minutes, is not noticed at all. Following (and even during) a laser therapy session, approximately 75-80% for patients being treated can notice an immediate improvement in their condition. This will depend primarily on the type of condition and the length of time the condition has been present.
Generally the more chronic or severe the condition, the longer it takes to respond. The majority of conditions treated will take anywhere from 4-5 or 10-18 treatments. Once again, the number of treatments depends upon the severity of the condition and its duration. If your condition does not change immediately, it may take 3-4 sessions before a dramatic or marked change is perceived.
Carpal Tunnel & The ML830 Cold Laser
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is a problem that affects the wrist and hand. If you have CTS, tingling and numbness can make even simple tasks hard to do. However, CTS can be treated and your symptoms can be controlled. Reading this will help you better understand how Low Level lasers can help you.
Non-Operative Carpal Tunnel Treatment
One of the most fascinating and used healing advances is the ML830 low level laser. On February 11, 2002 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration cleared the ML830 Cold Laser to be used in the non-surgical treatment and management of CTS.
The Physiological Effects of LLLT
Biostimulation, including improved metabolism & increased cell metabolism. Improved blood circulation and vasodilatation. Analgesic effect. Anti-inflammatory and Anti-edematous effects. Stimulation of wound healing.