Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) - also known as Cold Laser Therapy - uses specific light energy (photons) from the visible red (630nm) to infrared (1000nm) wavelengths for tissue healing and pain reduction. Unlike surgical lasers, LLLT does not produce heat. Numerous studies have shown LLLT to accelerate healing, reduce inflammation and eliminate pain.
The light energy penetrates through the skin and is absorbed by the mitochondria (energy factories) of all cells that make up the body’s tissues. This energy is converted to bio-chemical energy (ATP) to accelerate the healing process by restoring normal cell function in the injured tissue. LLLT also increases Nitric Oxide (NO) production to reduce inflammation by dilating capillaries to improve circulation locally. This not only reduces inflammation but also brings much needed oxygen and other nutrients to the injured tissue necessary for natural healing. Also, LLLT increases the permeability of cell membranes thereby restoring the sodium-potassium balance in cells to remove the signal of pain from the nerve cells.
Effects of laser and light therapy
Accelerates tissue healing
Reduces inflammation and swelling
Reduces acute and chronic pain