What Is Low-level Laser Therapy?
Unlike high power lasers that use heat and destroy tissue, low energy lasers affect the cellular energy of the underlying tissue. Cold or Low Level Lasers do not have a thermal effect on tissue with an output below 10mw (ten-one thousands of a watt). Low Level Laser Therapy (3LT™) refers to the modality of applying a “low” energy or “low level” laser to tissue that stimulates cellular processes and thereby enhances biochemical reactions. For example, studies show that LLLT increases ATP (energy) production in the mitochondria of the cell. Since more energy is now available, the cell may utilize this fuel to function or operate more efficiently.
How Does It Work?
This laser increases the amount of ATP in the cell by affecting the electron transport chain through frequency. Simply put, photonic energy is absorbed by the cells which initiate a cascade of signals that initiate, inhibit or accelerate biological processes such as wound healing, inflammation or pain management. Low Level Laser Therapy has been successfully used to treat many conditions such as acute and chronic pain reduction, repetitive use disorders like carpal tunnel syndrome, soft tissue strains and sprains, inflammation reduction, enhanced tissue wound healing, infections and cell regeneration.