Therapeutic Lasers or low-level laser therapy (LLLT) is an alternative form of medicine that
applies low-power, pulsing light laser to the surface of the body. High-power lasers are the lasers are used to cut or demolish tissue, whereas low-power lasers simply relieve pain by stimulating the cell function beneath the layers of skin.
Let’s take a look at 5 biological effects of therapeutic lasers:
1. Trigger and Acupuncture Points
Myofascial trigger points, also known as trigger points are the sensitive spots in the fascia (the sheet of connective tissue) that surrounds the skeletal muscle. An acupuncture point is much the same.
Low level laser therapy stimulates these trigger points in a non-invasive way which encourages pain relief.
2. Metabolic Rate
Your metabolism is the sum of all chemical reactions in your body, from your digestion to the transport of substances between your cells.
The application of low level light laser helps to increase metabolic activity. When a laser is applied to the body, higher outputs of enzymes and oxygen are available for blood cells. This consequently increases your metabolic activity. An increase in metabolism helps increase energy levels, helps burn calories faster and aids healthy cell repair.
3. Tissue Repair and Cell Growth
The science behind cold laser therapy; we have spoken about how laser therapy works. The harmless low level light laser or ‘cold laser‘ placed against the area of the body experiencing pain. Light is produced from the device, which emits through the skin and into the muscle tissue. The light stimulates the tissue, accelerating repair.
More light to the area means more energy for the cell to grow and/or repair. Exposure to light helps the cells around the tendons regenerate. This relieves pain and renews your energy.
4. Wound Healing
‘LLT’ is a common treatment for diabetic patients. The diabetes condition disallows the human body to effectively use sugar. Raised blood sugar levels stiffen arteries and narrow the blood vessels. This leads to poor circulation, blood flow and oxygen movement within the arteries. Without effective blood flow and oxygen, the body is unable to carry the white blood cells it needs to fight infection. The result is that wounds become infected, or don’t heal.
Laser light stimulates collagen in the muscle, the essential protein needed to repair tissue injuries as well as promoting elasticity in the cells, this reduces the stiffening and narrowing of blood vessels assisting with circulation and wound repair.
The Cold laser has anti-edemic effects on the body, reducing bruising and inflammation.
Edema is the abnormal infiltration and accumulation of serous fluid in the connective tissue or serous cavity. Laser light therapy has an anti-edemic effect on the body. It dilates blood vessels which helps decrease blood pressure and increase circulation. In doing so, inflamed muscles are restored and gain greater access to the much needed nourishment avaible in the blood stream.
Therapeutic lasers, cold lasers, or LLT are non-invasive, painless and a non-toxic treatment for pain relief. If you’re experiencing ongoing pain cold laser or LLT may be the solution you’ve been looking for. You may have some questions, so why don’t you get in touch with us today and we’ll see what we can do to help!