LOW LEVEL LASER THERAPY
(Now often called PHOTOBIOMODULATION)
All light has an effect on the cells of the human body. That effect is determined by the wavelength and power of light applied. The low level laser produces a beam of light that has a specific wavelength and frequency. When the light of the laser is applied around the tissue, that electromagnetic energy is converted to chemical energy via cytochrome c oxidase enzyme in the mitochondria within each cell, which sets in motion a chain of chemical reactions allowing the healing process to begin. This chemical reaction in the cell allows several things to occur:
- Stimulates Healing and Repair of Tissue
- Increases Tissue Strength
- Reduces Pain: by stimulating cells to produce their own endorphins (natural pain killers). Pain results from trauma, cellular disruption, malfunction, or less than optimal cellular function. Healing and pain relief come with cellular normalisation. Photons enable cells to perform optimally by stimulating them to initiate biochemical reactions, which produce enzymes and ATP (usable energy) as mentioned above in the mitochondria of each cell.
- Reduces Inflammation: by suppressing inflammatory enzymes and enhancing the release of anti-inflammatory enzymes.
- Decrease Swelling: by stimulating lymphatic drainage – opening lymph vessels.
- Promotes Faster Wound Healing: by stimulating cells to increase the production of healing enzymes by and enhances lymphatic drainage thereby increasing circulation and speeding healing.
- Increase Bone Repair Speed: by stimulating fibroblastic and osteoblastic proliferation
- Stimulates Nerve Function (at certain doses can block nerve function, almost like having a local anaesthetic)
- Promotes Cellular Oxygenation/Detoxification
- Release Tight Muscles and Muscle Spasms: which is a common cause of chronic pain, joint problems and decreased mobility.
- Enhance the Immune System: by increasing the number of “killer” T cells