Low level laser therapy (LLLT) is the application of red and near infra-red light over injuries to increase the speed, quality and tensile strength of tissue repair; resolve inflammation and relieve pain.
The red and near infrared light commonly used in LLLT can be produced by laser or high intensity LEDs. The intensity of LLLT lasers and LED's is not high like a surgical laser and there is no heating effect.
The effects are photochemical (like photosynthesis in plants). When the correct intensity and treatment times are used, red and near infrared light reduces oxidative stress and increases ATP. This improves cell metabolism and reduces inflammation. These effects can be enhanced with pulses however when analgesia is required there is a second mechanism which works best when a strong continuous beam is applied.
LLLT is popularly used for acute and chronic pain on soft tissue injuries, joint conditions such as osteo and rheumatoid arthritis, neuropathic pain, post operation recovery and general body aches.
As well as tissue repair and pain relief, LLLT is used in sport as a performance enhancing aid. Increasing ATP and reducing oxidative stress gives the athlete an increase in endurance, allowing them to train longer with little or no effect from DOMs and an increased time on muscle repair.
LLLT users include British and US military, premier division football teams, Olympic teams, Formula 1, national rugby and cricket teams.
We successfully use the exact same system for treatments as the above users!