Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) is the use of near-infrared light to enhance the body’s natural healing processes. The healing potential of Low Intensity Laser Therapy (LILT) extends to a wide range of medical conditions and provides a non-invasive treatment alternative. Some of the conditions most effectively treated are listed below:
- Temporo-Mandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJ)
- Ligament and Tendon Tears
- Fractures with Associated Soft Tissue Injuries
- Bulging and Herniated Discs
- Calcifications (bone spurs)
Light Therapy for Injuries
A therapy introduced to western medicine over the past 15-20 years is photo-biostimulation, or light therapy. Phototherapy is the application of specific light wavelengths and energies to body tissues that elicits a complex chain of biochemical responses, to improve injury recovery.
Light Therapy and Tissue Healing
Light therapy stimulates the body’s natural healing mechanisms. Evidence suggests that this occurs at both the molecular signaling level and through circulatory modulation. One of the most important mechanisms for light therapy is the release of nitric oxide. A naturally occurring chemical in the body, nitric oxide (NO) is a key signaling molecule which can set off a number of beneficial effects. It has a critical role in promoting blood flow to tissues and increasing lymphatic drainage. Through the increase in lymphatic drainage, light therapy indirectly inhibits inflammation processes and reduces swelling. Results in clinical studies suggest light therapy can contribute to increased strength of tissue repair and decrease scarring.
Light Therapy and Pain Reduction
Light Therapyhas also been shown to have direct effects on pain signaling pathways. Studies of the effectiveness of light therapy on a number of chronic pain conditions suggest that it may have activity on specific nerve fibers involved in “slow conduction” of pain signals.
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- Discogenic and Vertegrogenic Radiculopathy
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