What is Low Level Laser therapy for pain relief?
Low Level Laser therapy employs low power or ‘soft’ light to aid the natural healing process of the body safely and effectively. It has been used for over 30 years and is widely available in the medical field for treatment of pain, wound healing and musculoskeletal conditions.
Low Level Laser therapy achieves improved outcomes and rapid healing in the treatment of sports injuries, plantar fasciitis (heel pain), epicondylitis (tennis elbow), Achilles, tendonitis, acute and chronic back pain, adhesions, rheumatoid and osteo-arthritis, chronic edema and fracture healing.
How does it work for pain?
The physiological effects of Low Level Laser therapy have been extensively researched and the details of the mechanisms are increasingly becoming understood. Particular wavelengths of light stimulate the body’s healing cells. Essentially by directly treating the damaged tissue with appropriate light, this therapy helps the body to heal itself. It is especially effective for chronic conditions, or where the immune system is compromised, as it can also re-start a stalled healing process.
In addition to the local cellular effects, research on Low Level Laser therapy has demonstrated both enhanced levels of endorphin release, and the suppression of pain messages previously sent to the brain. Combining these effects with those from its use in stimulating acupuncture and ‘trigger’ points, Low Level Laser therapy is excellent for treating pain.
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The Advantages of Low Level Laser Therapy for Pain:
Patients can benefit from resolution of soft tissue injuries and pain syndromes without the discomfort and side effects of many other forms of treatment. Patients respond quickly when treating soft tissue conditions and pain, with results usually evident in the first 1-2 treatments. Treatment times per session are relatively short so overall treatment time shows no significant increase against that of most traditional treatments. Low Level Laser therapy used in combination with general osteopathic techniques can offer dramatic pain relief and help rapid resolution of acute and chronic pain syndromes.