Low Level Laser Therapy

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

WHAT IS LOW LEVEL LASER THERAPY?

LLLT is the application of a “cold” pure laser light applied to body points for certain conditions. It has been cleared by FDA for many kinds of musculoskeletal injuries because it promotes healing and tissue repair and reduces pain.

WILL I FEEL ANYTHING?

No. It is totally painless and non-invasive.

IS LLLT SAFE?

LLLT is non-invasive and medication-free. It has been used in England, Canada, and Europe for over 20 years. The effects of red light on cellular function have been known since 1880; however, the clinical benefits were only discovered by accident during laser safety tests in 1967. The first low-power lasers suitable for treating pain became available commercially in the late 1970’s in Europe and Canada. Now, after FDA approval in 2001, laser therapy is quickly gaining popularity in the USA.

HAS EFFECTIVENESS BEEN DEMONSTRATED SCIENTIFICALLY?

Yes. There are thousands of published studies demonstrating the clinical effectiveness of laser therapy. Among these, there are more than one hundred rigorously controlled, scientific studies that document the effectiveness of laser for many clinical conditions.

HOW MANY SESSIONS WILL I REQUIRE?

The number of treatments required depends on the nature of the problem and the length of time the patient has been affected by it. Total resolution of some problems are seen with as little as one treatment. Chronic and/or deep-seated conditions may take as many as 10 treatments and perhaps more with extreme cases.

 

ARE THERE ANY SIDE EFFECTS OR CONTRAINDICATIONS?

 

There are no known side effects from laser therapy but laser therapy is contraindicated for patients taking light sensitive drugs (such as Retin-A, St. John’s Wort, and tetracycline, for example), use in areas injected by steroids within 7 days, and is not to be used over the thyroid gland or in the eye. In addition, laser therapy may cause dark colored tattos to become uncomfortably hot so caution is warranted.

What does it do inside my body (give me the short answer)?

Laser Therapy has a strengthening effect on tissue repair, it improves blood flow and lymphatic drainage, is an effective means of relief for many pain syndromes, and can improve immune response. Research shows that injuries treated with LLLT tend to heal faster.

CAN YOU TELL ME, IN MORE DETAIL,  WHAT LLLT DOES?

As the light receptive chromophores in various tissues, in both cellular and sub-cellular locations, are irradiated with coherent laser light, energy transfers occur that stimulate more active levels of function and increased interaction. Laser light, penetrating much deeper than other light wave forms, activates increased mitochondrial ATP synthesis, produces increased mast cell inflammatory mitigation and stimulates increased Ca2+ ion presence and beneficial reactive oxygen species (ROS) production.

Through the action of photo bio-stimulation, oxidative metabolism is increased via cytochrome C oxidase and photosensitization of hemoglobin. Laser irradiation stimulates endorphin release and increases prostaglandin synthesis. Both localized and systemic cascade reactions occur that result in immunomodulation and inflammatory mitigation. Damaged skeletal, connective and neurological tissues and structures react with enhanced healing in the presence of low energy laser irradiation as collagen synthesis and production, satellite cell presence and cellular metabolism are increased as a result of the light stimulation and improved vascular, lymphatic and enzymatic activity.

I HAVE HEARD THERE ARE DIFFERENT TYPES OF LASERS. WHICH ONE DO YOU USE?

Kunisch Wellness Center uses an 810nm, 2000mW laser unit manufactured by Apollo Physical Therapy Products LLC. Because of the 2000mW probe cluster, treatment times are very short compared to many other low level lasers on the market today.

WHAT HEALTH PROBLEMS HAVE SHOWN BENEFITS FROM LASER THERAPY?

~Soft Tissue Injuries

~Tendinopathies

~Back and Neck Pain

~Herniated Lumbar Disc or Annular Tear

~Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

~Myofascial Trigger Points

~Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow)

~Medial Epicondylitis (Golfer’s Elbow)

~Sprains / Strains

~Repetitive Strain Injuries

~Chondromalacia Patellae

~Planter Fasciitis

~Neurogenic Pain

~Herpes Zoster (Shingles)

~Trigeminal Neuralgia

~Tempromandibular Joint (TMJ) ~Syndrome

~Headaches

~Diabetic Neuropathy

~Degenerative Joint Diseases

~Rheumatoid Arthritis

~Osteoarthritis