Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) aims to biostimulate the body at a cellular level. Because of its low power nature, the effects are biochemical and not thermal (heat). The term ‘cold laser’ applies as it does not cause heating or damage to living tissue. The laser delivers light in the form of photons which directly communicate and speed up recovery of the affected tissues by delivering light energy (photons) directly to the cells. The cells use this energy to assist in the natural healing process. This process is also known as photobiostimulation, or laser therapy. It is safe, painless and has been in use for over 30 years with no known side effects.

With laser therapy, we are treating you at the cellular level. Laser therapy increases circulation, lymphatic drainage and gives cells the energy they need to repair. There are over 2,000 research papers on the effectiveness and therapeutic benefit of laser therapy.

LLLT has proven to be highly effective when treating a wide range of conditions including (but not limited to) musculoskeletal injuries, degenerative diseases, arthritis, joint replacement rehabilitation, back pain, ankle, knee, hip pain, whiplash and certain dermatological conditions.

Three distinct photobiological effects are known to occur when using LLLT:

1. Healing growth factor response through:

  • Increased ATP (adenosine tri-phosphate or energy) and protein synthesis
  • Improved cell proliferation
  • Change in cell membrane permeability for calcium uptake

2. Pain Relief through:

  • Increased endorphin release
  • Increased serotonin
  • Suppression of nociceptor action

3. Immune system support through:

  • Increasing levels of lymphocyte activity
  • Photomodulation of blood

LLLT optimises the speed of repair in acute injuries. It will also stimulate the body's repair processes in cases of non-healing or chronic conditions.

How Long Does a Laser Therapy Session Take?

This will depend on the area affected along with the needs of the individual. Typical treatments can range from 15-30 minutes or longer, depending on the individual’s needs.

How Many Treatments will I need?

Acute injuries typically respond quickly to treatment. Chronic conditions usually take longer. For example, if an injury occurred within the last 6 weeks, you may see significant reduction in pain and swelling in as little as 1-2 visits. If you have had the problem for years, it will generally take longer, from weeks to months.

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