What is Laser Therapy?

Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT)improves tissue repair, reduces pain and inflammation wherever the beam is applied. Treatments take anywhere from 10-30+ minutes depending on the area and type of condition being treated and should be applied three or more times a week.

LLLT has been used for many years on sports injuries, arthritic joints, neuropathic pain syndromes, back and neck pain. Over 200 randomised clinical trials have been published on LLLT, half of which are on pain.

In the last 3 years six systematic reviews have found in favour of LLLT

  • BMJ sports medicine journal, systematic review of surgical and conservative interventions for frozen shoulder found “strong evidence” for LLLT. (2010) click here
  • The International Association for the Study of Pain (Global Task force on musculoskeletal pain) found “strong evidence” for Low Level Laser Therapy on myofascial pain syndrome. (2010) click here
  • The BMJ clinical evidence recommendations for tennis elbow 2011 now include LLLT click here
  • American Physical Therapy Association guidelines recommend LLLT for Achilles tendonitis. (2010) click here
  • Lancet systematic review: “LLLT reduces pain immediately after treatment in acute neck pain and up to 22 weeks after completion of treatment in patients with chronic neck pain”. (2009) click here
  • World Health Organisation (Bone and Joint Task Force) for neck pain Low Level Laser Therapy “more effective than no treatment, sham, or alternative interventions” (2008) click here
  • In August 2010 The Lancet reported that the systematic review of LLLT for neck pain was in their top 20 most downloaded papers for 2010. click here

Conditions treated with LLLT

Soft Tissue Injuries:

  • Back Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Tendinitis (rotator cuff, Achilles, biceps, etc)
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Sprains and strains
  • Myofascial Trigger Points
  • Epicondylitis (tennis and golfer’s elbow)
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bursitis
  • Knee disorders (Chondromalacia Patella, Osgood-Schlatter, meniscus tears, etc)

Degenerative Joint Conditions:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis

The Advantages of LLLT

  • Highly effective
  • No side-effects
  • Non-invasive
  • Non-toxic
  • Cost effective

Short Term Effects

  • Reduction in pain via release of beta-endorphins and temporary inhibition of pain nerve fibres
  • Improvement in localized blood flow
  • Small localized increase in temperature

Long Term Or Cumulative Effects

  • Increase in cellular energy due to increased ATP (adenosine triphosphate) production resulting in improved cellular metabolism
  • Faster healing of damaged tissue
  • Improved elasticity and tensile strength of muscle, ligaments and tendons
  • Increased cell replication rates
  • Stimulation of macrophages, fibroblasts and other cells results in a faster healing time
  • Improved nerve conduction
  • Neurotransmission is facilitated due to elevated levels of serotonin and aceytylecholine
  • Reduction in scar tissue
  • Increase in collagen synthesis results in healing with normal muscle-tendon matrix
  • Increased blood flow to the damaged area via angiogenesis (formation of new blood vessels)
  • Faster resolution of edema (swelling)

Results cannot be guaranteed and may vary for different people.


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