Laser Therapy or, to give it the full title, Low-Level-Laser Therapy (LLLT) is clinically used to;
- Reduce Pain
- Bring down Swelling
- Reduce Inflammation
- Enhance tissue Repair
The particular equipment I use in the clinic is the Super Pulse Laser, this type of laser technology is especially effective at penetrating damaged and/or painful tissue to quickly bring down pain and speed up repair.
How does it work:
LLLT involves the application of light photons onto injured area, with a view to block pain and promote the body’s natural healing processes. LLLT reduces inflammation and encourages cell reproduction, provides pain relief and assist in treating the deeper cause of the pain. Each treatment is tailored to the individual’s specific injury – the laser wavelengths are adjusted depending on the type of injury being treated and how deep the laser light needs to penetrate. Without getting excessively technical, LLLT is essentially a form of penetrating light that stimulates cells in our bodies that are functioning below par, thus speeding up repair from injury and pain. This effect is well-known for Laser Therapy in skin treatment but, depending on the type of equipment used, Laser does this for injuries that are much more than skin-deep too.
Low level laser therapy is an effective, painless alternative to traditional treatments for injuries.
What types of injuries can it treat?
- Sprains and strains
- Muscle fatigue
- Knee joint injuries
- Shoulder pain
- Tennis Elbow
- Rotator cuff injury
LLLT Treatment Benefits
- Treats muscles, tendons and ligaments, connective tissues, nerves and skin
- Relieves & potentially eliminates pain
- Positive effects on muscle fatigue
- Reduces muscle spasm
- Helps to restore the normal range of motion
- Suitable for all ages
- Can be used immediately after injury has occurred
- Safe & non toxic – in over 40 years of clinical LLLT, no serious or adverse effects ever been documented; I can’t think of another therapy that is safer; completely painless too!
In a 2012 study assessing the effect of low level laser on tendon healing , it was found that LLLT accelerated tissue repair by promoting the growth of collagen, one of the main components of a tendon. Similarly, a 2011 study into skeletal muscle repair suggested laser therapy encourages circulation at the site of injury, accelerating muscle repair.
Want to know more ? Download our comprehensive list of conditions that LLLT can be beneficial for.
Further information on Synaptic Lasers – visit their web site https://www.synapticlasers.com.au/
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