WHAT IS COLD LASER:
Cold laser is also known as, LLLT (Low Level Laser Therapy) or Photobiomodulation Therapy which is the best technical term, is the application of red and near infra-red light over injuries or lesions to improve wound and soft tissue healing, reduce inflammation and give relief for both acute and chronic pain. First developed in 1967, it is now commonly referred to as LLLT.
LLLT is used to: increase the speed, quality and tensile strength of tissue repair; resolve inflammation and relieve pain (analgesia).
• Acute or chronic tendinopathies
• Sprains and strains
• Neck and back pain
• Post-operative pain
• Chronic pain
• Neuropathic Pain
• Tissue healing
Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) improves tissue repair, reduces pain and inﬂammation wherever the beam is applied. Treatments take only a few minutes and can be applied two or more times a week.
Signiﬁcant reduction of inﬂammation equal to or better than NSAIDs within 2 hours, analgesic eﬀects that last for 48 hours, healing time of chronic tendinopathies reduced by 70%.
LLLT devices are typically delivering 10mW – 500mW (0.01 -> 0.01 Watts). The power density typically ranges from 0.005W/Cm² -> 5 W/Cm².
LLLT is popularly used for soft tissue injuries, joint conditions, neuropathic pain, non-healing leg and pressure ulcers.
HOW IT WORKS
When cells are stressed, nitric oxide (NO) inhibits oxygen consumption by mitochondrial cytochrome c oxidase. This reduces production of ATP and causes oxidative stress leading to increased inﬂammation and reduced production of ATP. LLLT displaces NO from cytochrome c oxidase thereby reducing inﬂammation and restoring ATP production, helping tissues heal more quickly.
The effects of LLLT are photochemical (like photosynthesis in plants). When the correct intensity and treatment times are used, red and near infrared light reduces oxidative stress and increases ATP. This improves cell metabolism and reduce inflammation. These effects can be enhanced with pulses however when analgesia is required there is a second mechanism which works best when a strong continuous beam is applied.
LOW LEVEL LASER THERAPY (LLLT) or NSAIDS
NSAIDs slow healing and often have side eﬀects whereas LLLT actually improves healing, as well as reducing inﬂammation and pain.
LLLT IS SAFER AND MORE EFFECTIVE
Over 400 LLLT clinical trials (RCTs) and over 4,000 laboratory studies have been published. It has proven more eﬀective and safer than pharmaceutical anti-inﬂammatories across a range of musculoskeletal conditions. LLLT also improves healing and reduces muscle fatigue, muscle damage and DOMS.
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