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.

laser therapy treatments

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.

laser therapy device

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.