What is LLLT?
Low-level laser therapy (LLLT) is a healthcare treatment that uses low-level (low-power) lasers or light-emitting diodes (LEDs) to the surface of the human body to help assist in pain relief. LLLT is also known as cold laser therapy. The Food and Drug Administration approved LLLT in 2002
High-power lasers are used in laser medicine to cut or destroy tissue. With LLLT, a low power laser is used to penetrate the skin and help stimulate and enhance cell function and accelerate the healing process. LLLT is beneficial for reducing many different types of pain associated with arthritis, back pain, fibromyalgia, neck pain, and tendonitis to name a few.
LLLT treatments are surgery-free, pain-free and drug-free. LLLT is non-invasive and is considered to a reasonable treatment option for a variety of pain by most healthcare professionals.
What conditions can LLLT treat?
Low-level lasers can stimulate all cell types including nerves, ligaments, muscle and cartilage. As a result, LLLT can treat pain caused by a wide variety of conditions, including:
- Arm pain
- Arthritis pain
- Back pain
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Fibromyalgia pain
- Knee pain
- Migraine headaches
- Neck pain
- Repetitive Stress Injuries
- Soft Tissue Injuries
- Wound Healing
In addition to treating musculoskeletal injuries, LLLT is also used to treat hair loss and dental issues.
LLLT is also used to treat Musculoskeletal injuries
Benefits of LLLT
LLLT is non-invasive and does not require a surgical incision. There is no prolonged recovery time when receiving LLLT. It does not involve taking any medications and does not cause any serious side effects when administered correctly by a doctor. LLLT has many health benefits and is known to:
- Alleviate acute pain
- Alleviate chronic pain
- Develop muscle tissue and collagen
- Facilitate tissue repair
- Improve blood circulation
- Increase cell metabolism
- Reduce edema
- Reduce inflammation
- Stimulates nerve function
- Encourage wound healing
- Support the immune system
How does LLLT work?
The lasers used in LLLT are handheld devices operated by a doctor. They are usually the size of a small hand-held device, such as a flashlight. The laser is placed directly over the particular area of injury for a brief period, anywhere from a half a minute to several minutes. The duration of treatment is dependent on the size of the area of treatment and the dosage of the laser therapy.
In LLLT, when the infrared light is applied to the injured area, the light painlessly penetrates the skin’s surface and the underlying tissues. The therapy triggers cellular activities and processes that promote healing and help reduce pain and swelling. In short, LLLT jump starts the healing process and can reduce pain and the length of time for recovery from injuries.
What to expect from LLLT
LLLT is considered a viable treatment option for those seeking an alternative to invasive treatment by most healthcare providers. LLLT helps provide pain relief and can speed up the healing process. LLLT is especially appealing as it can reduce pain without the use of surgery or drugs.
Depending on the extent of your injury, LLLT treatments range from anywhere from a half dozen to twenty-five or more treatments. LLLT treatments are usually provided anywhere from 2 to 4 times per week.