Low Level Laser Therapy is a fast-growing technology used to treat a multitude of conditions that require stimulation of healing, relief of pain and inflammation, and restoration of function. Although the skin is the organ that is naturally exposed to light more than any other organ, it still responds well to wavelengths produced by the cold laser. The photons are absorbed by mitochondrial chromophores in skin cells. Consequently electron transport, adenosine triphosphate (ATP) nitric oxide release, blood flow, reactive oxygen species increase and diverse signaling pathways get activated. Stem cells can be activated allowing increased tissue repair and healing. Increase pigmentation by stimulating melanocyte proliferation and reduce depigmentation by inhibiting autoimmunity. Inflammatory diseases such as psoriasis and acne can also benefit.
What Is Low Level Laser Therapy?
Low Level laser therapy is low-intensity laser therapy, or laser therapy that uses low levels of light to stimulate healing. Unlike surgical or aesthetic lasers, it does not cause your tissues to heat up.
Cold laser therapy is sometimes called low-level laser therapy (LLLT), low-power laser therapy (LPLT), or soft laser. You may also hear it referred to as therapeutic laser, biostimulation, or photobiomodulation.
How Does Low Level Laser Therapy Work?
Low-level light is applied directly to the problem area. The tissue then absorbs the light. In a basic sense, this leads to a biological or chemical reaction to red and near infrared light. Damaged cells have a physiological reaction that helps promote their regeneration.
Minor Injuries and Sprains
Low Level laser therapy is used in the treatment of minor injuries and sprains. It is used to help reduce swelling and promote healing of the joints and soft tissue, and its painless.
During the procedure, you’ll feel the device against your skin, but it creates no heat, sound, or vibration. Even better, it is completely non-invasive and painless.Doctors, dentists, physical therapists, and other medical professionals use cold laser therapy in a variety of ways. The main uses for cold laser therapy are tissue repair and relief from pain and inflammation.
Minor Injuries and Sprains
Sports medicine and physical therapy practices use cold laser therapy in the treatment of minor injuries and sprains. It is used to help reduce swelling and promote healing of the joints and soft tissue.
Dentists use cold lasers to treat inflamed tissues in the mouth and to heal ulcerations. Doctors also use it to treat inflammation caused by arthritis and other chronic autoimmune diseases.
Aches and Pains
Pain clinics use it to help people who suffer from chronic pain. Therapeutic massage therapy sometimes involves cold laser therapy.
Low Level laser therapy is used to promote skin rejuvenation. Dermatologists use it to treat various skin problems such as ulcers, burns, rashes (dermatitis) and inflammation of the skin (edema),
Low Level laser therapy is being used to treat hard-to-heal wounds as well as wounds related to diabetes.
The potential for new applications of cold laser therapy is virtually limitless. There is hope that it will someday be used to treat traumatic brain injury, degenerative nervous system diseases and spinal cord injury. Researchers are studying its use in Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease, among other illnesses.
What symptoms can cold laser therapy treat?
Because the machinery offers numerous settings and functions to treat a range of conditions the treatment is very versatile. It is able to treat the following conditions:
Body blemish conditions and scarring
Low Level Laser Therapy provides effective treatment for conditions such as rosacea, psoriasis, acne, allergic reactions (such as hives),bruising, red stretch marks and mature stretch marks. In addition, it’s an effective laser treatment for scars,facial scars, including new scars and keloid scaring.
Dermatitis, also known as eczema, is a common condition affecting almost one third of the population during the various stages of their lives. It is an inflammation of the skin that is characterised by dry, scaly and sometimes cracked skin ,red rashes or bumps, dry, scaly and sometimes cracked skin, tenderness,swelling and burning, as well as extreme itching. This condition can be caused by both genetic and environmental factors. Irritants may include shampoos,soaps and detergents, chlorine,dish washing liquids, pets, dust mites, extreme weather changes,bacteria humidity levels, and even certain foods. Hormonal changes and stress may also contribute.
The thickening of the outer layer of the skin is the predominant characteristic of this condition. It is associated with the presence of unusually high levels of keratin (a form of protein) and is part of what the skin does to defend against pressure, rubbing, and other forms of local irritation. Hyperkeratosis commonly causes whitish areas inside the mouth as well as warts and corns on the hands and feet and calluses, resulting in high levels of discomfort.
Folliculitis is an infection and inflammation of the hair follicles. Being a common condition it can manifest anywhere on the skin, including stomach, arms, chest legs and back. The only places where folliculitis cannot occur are the soles of the feet and palms of the hands. Appearing as small red bumps with a white tip, folliculitis results from follicles experiencing damage as a result of shaving ,blockage of the follicle,friction from clothing and certain hairstyles where the hair is pulled tightly and sits close to the scalp. The bacterium Staphylococcus infects these damaged follicles, resulting in the red dots.
These include inflamed muscles and joints ,arthritis, bunions, pinched nerves, and back and neck pain. Cold laser therapy works to maximise the production of serotonin,endogenous opioids, serotonin, nitric oxide and acetylcholine in the skin, which brings fuel molecules ,oxygen and other metabolites to injured tissues. By stimulating the natural healing processes, inflammation is resolved. Using Cold Laser Therapy for back pain and other complaints can have a selective inhibitory effect on pain receptors,affecting a reversible neural blockade.
Reflexology with Cold Laser Therapy
Some of the benefits of reflexology include its ability to increase energy,stimulate nerve function, eliminate toxins, boost circulation, induce a deep state of relaxation, prevent migraines, stimulate the central nervous system, clean up urinary tract conditions and accelerate recovery after injury or surgery.Cold Laser Therapy used in conjunction with reflexology enhances the treatment as it works deep into the reflexes to release blockages within the body and accelerates the body’s natural healing ability. Customised patient allows us to identify treatment areas via the reflexology assessment which are then treated with the cold laser, massage and other modalities to bring about best results possible during your session.
Lymph Drainage Facial with Cold Laser Therapy
Beneficial flushing of toxins from the body
Relieves sinus pressure from allergies and colds by assisting in draining the sinuses,and therefore shortens the duration of a cold.
As fluid retention in the face is reduced there is a defining of the jaw and slimming of the entire face.
The decongestion of the skin assists in a healthier complexion benefitting acne and other skin conditions. The addition of the Cold Laser Therapy stimulates the collagen and the skin is oxygenated to prevent the appearances of ageing. Other systems may be involved to complement the treatment in the presenting skin condition as Kylie works holistically to address other affected areas of the body eg laser and digestive massage to assist in alleviating the causes, not just treating the symptoms.
Massage with Cold Laser Therapy
- Digestive disorders.
- Insomnia related to stress.
- Soft Tissue injuries and strains.
- Myofascial pain syndrome.
- Sports injuries.
- General relaxation
- Assists with circulation
- Kylie specialises in Aromatherapy, Remedial Massage, Swedish massage and Lymph Drainage Therapy.
Providing the upmost care and pressure ranges from soft to deep tissue depending on the results to be achieved and how the tissue presents on the day.
Injury restoration and repair has a speedier recovery process. And the Cold Laser Therapy is used to soften the tissues and after tissue damage has been proven to break down scarring and restore stronger and more flexible tissue.
Advised highly for pre and post training sessions as a quicker recovery period is achieved.