Low Level Laser Therapy

Used for the treatment of all musculotendonous complaints including:

• Heel and ankle pain.
• Tendonopathies.
• Sciatica and lower back pain.
• Knee pain
• Nerve pain
• Post injury or surgical inflammation and wound healing.

What does it do?

Low Level Laser Therapy is a laser or LED light therapy that improves tissue repair (skin wounds, muscle, tendon, bone, nerves), reduces inflammation and reduces pain wherever the beam is applied.

How does it work?

  • Scientific explanation:
  • Low Level Laser Therapy works predominately on a protein in mitochondria (cytochrome c oxidase) to increase ATP and reduce oxidative stress. This creates a cascade of mitochondrial and intracellular downstream effects which leads to improved tissue repair and reduced inflammation.
  • Straight forward explanation:
  • Low Level Laser Therapy increases the energy in the area to create a more efficient inflammatory response. This leads to an increase in healing rate, reduction in inflammation and a decrease in pain.

 

What is the evidence

• 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.

• Achilles tendonopathy= “For the LLLT group, the results at 4 weeks were similar to the placebo LLLT group results after 12 weeks” (Stergioulas, 2008).
• Oedema (Swelling) post ankle sprain= “presented a statistically significant reduction in the volume of the edema after 24 h” (Stergioulas, 2004).

What is the evidence?

• LLLT also improves healing and reduces muscle fatigue, muscle damage and delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS).

• Wound healing= “The LLLT resulted in enhanced healing as measured by wound contraction” (Hopkins, 2004)
• Muscle fatigue= “Compared to the first session (on day 1), the mean number of repetitions increased significantly by 8.5 repetitions (+/- 1.9) in the active LLLT group at the second session (on day 8), while in the placebo LLLT group the increase was only 2.7 repetitions.” (Leal 2008)

Treatment

  • Acute:
  • • Recommended two sessions per week for three weeks or until out of the acute pain and inflammatory phase.
  • • A further one session per week for a further three weeks and then as required.
  • Chronic:
  • • Recommended two sessions per week for six weeks or until the pain resolves.
  • • A further one session per week as required.

 

Talk to your podiatrist today about Low Level Laser Therapy to find out more.