Light as therapy can heal injuries and reduce pain
The use of laser and LED light as therapy is known as low level laser therapy (LLLT). LLLT improves tissue repair – skin wounds, muscle, tendon, bone, nerves –, reduces inflammation and reduces pain wherever the beam is applied.
LLLT is used to treat wounds, injuries, neck pain, osteo-arthritis, the side-effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy and is being trialed on even more conditions, including Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease.
LLLT has been used to treat injuries in extreme conditions where standard medicines are considered less effective. Low level laser therapy is even being used by NASA on missions into space.
Most people suffering from pain, soft tissue injury, osteoarthritis or a chronic illness would prefer to take fewer medications, especially considering the potential side-effects that can occur. By comparison to standard medication, low level laser therapy is a good alternative to drug prescriptions, and has been known to work effectively where drug therapies have had no effect. It also lacks the side-effects that can be found in other treatments.
LLLT is often safer and more effective than standard drug therapies.
How does it work?
LLLT uses lightwaves to increase the body’s ability to heal itself. By stimulating cells to grow and work faster, they can regenerate and repair tissue damage at an increased rate in muscles, skin, bones, the spinal cord, and even nerve tissue.
Usually applied by a doctor or nurse, treatments typically take one to 10 minutes and should be applied two or more times a week.
Five authorities have endorsed LLLT, establishing it as a mainstream first-line treatment for musculoskeletal pain relief and rehabilitation:
The World Association for Laser Therapy (WALT) has played a critical role in establishing treatment guidelines and holding forums for clinicians and academics to present papers, exchange information and network.
The first systemic scientific research on the biological effects of low level laser was conducted by the late Professor Endre Mester of the Semmelweis Medical University in Budapest, Hungary, 1967.