Everything You Need to Know About Low Level Laser Therapy

What are the benefits of low level laser therapy?

After going through the laser light therapy process people usually experience an increased sense of strength and mobility, as well long lasting pain relief in the targeted area. This is the most common way to use laser light therapy and the most common reason for using it.

However, over time this treatment can also improve the body’s ability to produce protein, promote healthy cell growth, speed up wound healing, and boost circulation, tissue regeneration and the immune system!

jane treating a patient with low level laser therapy

My approach to low level laser therapy

At Smile Health we are dedicated to helping our clients live the best and healthiest lives that they possibly can. That’s why my approach to health is focused on dealing with the underlying causes of health issues. People often come to me with symptoms and expect to tackle them directly. However this is not always the best approach and I find it is often more effective to look for underlying issues that could be causing multiple symptoms to appear before isolating one specific problem.

For example, you might have some intense pain coming from a very specific point in your back. Now I understand that for you it feels like that specific point in your back is the issue, but the root of the problem often lies elsewhere. Low level laser therapy can help us to target all the nerve roots associated with that area in your back that’s causing you pain. Using the laser we can focus on this root of the problem and then also treat an isolated area in the same session to maximise pain relief. In other words, we use the laser to treat both the point of pain and the nerves, joints and muscles associated with the point of pain.

jane treating a patient with low level laser therapy

The scientific history of low level laser therapy

For those of you who are hearing about low level laser therapy for the first time, I can understand if it sounds a bit out there. Erchonia lasers have over twenty two FDA clearances and low level laser therapy has been making steady advancements for many years now.

“In 1903, Dr. Nils Finsen was awarded a Nobel Prize for his contribution to the treatment of diseases, especially lupus vulgaris, with concentrated light radiation [11]. In 1960, Professor Maiman TH built the first working red ruby laser, but it was not until 1967 when Mester E et al. was able to demonstrate the phenomenon of “laser bio stimulation”.

How effective is low level laser therapy?

You are absolutely right to question the effectiveness and legitimacy of any sort of treatment that you have not heard of before or that you don’t know much about. But if you have any doubts, you can rest assured that low level laser therapy is grounded in modern scientific research.

More than 4000 studies on pub.med.gov have demonstrated that low level laser therapy “has a positive effect on acute and chronic musculoskeletal pain.”

“LLLT is beneficial for pain relief and can accelerate the body’s ability to heal itself. LLLT has a long history and strong basic science evidence, which supports its use in pain management.“

If you’d like to learn more about the history and/ or effectiveness of this treatment then this article on The Use of Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) For Musculoskeletal Pain is a great place to start.

jane treating a patient with low level laser therapy