Probably the most commonly used application of Low Level Laser Therapy is for pain relief. There are many clinical studies proving the efficacy of Laser Therapy (LLLT) for treating pain to explain biological processes within the body that are stimulated by light wavelengths, applied at particular powers and frequencies. Low Level Laser Therapy (also known as Cold Laser Therapy) is used as a stand alone therapy, or in combination with other rehabilitative therapies such as physiotherapy, osteopathy, sports massage, pilates and so on. The benefits of using Low Level Laser Therapy for pain are many. LLLT is a non-invasive procedure, there are no adverse effects, it reduces the need for analgesic medication (which does carry side-effects), and in many cases Low Level Laser heals the source of inflammation or pain, rather than simply providing relief from it.
At Laser Medicine we successfully employ Low Level Laser Therapy to reduce pain and inflammation for many health conditions. Often, we find patients who have been in pain for many years (from chronic injury or fibromyalgia, for example) experience instant relief after a Cold Laser treatment, significantly improving their quality of life. Moreover, they find that the results are long lasting. In many cases, traditional medication has been unable to resolve pain successfully. In our experience, we feel that pain management is the greatest single benefit of Cold Laser or Low Level Laser Therapy.
Laser Therapy for Musculoskeletal Conditions
We offer treatments for the improvement of many inflammatory musculoskeletal conditions, including:
Sports injuries relevant to ligament, tendon, muscle and soft tissue damage.
Acute & chronic back pain, including sciatic nerve pain.
Plantar Fasciitis (heel pain).
Epicondylitis (tennis elbow).
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (wrist pain).
Achilles Tendinitis (leg pain).
Adhesive Capsulitis (frozen shoulder).
Laser Therapy for Inflammatory Disease
Pain is also relevant in many cases relating to the following health conditions. With Peripheral Neuropathy and Neuralgia, where there is nerve damage, Low Level Laser both resolves pain and heals the nerve, resulting in long term pain relief. We have developed highly effective protocols over many years for healing the following conditions:
Rheumatoid & Osteo-arthritis.
Chronic oedema (swelling & fluid retention).
Headaches & migraines (including TMJ / jaw pain).
Neuralgia (Post-Herpetic, Trigeminal).
Pain relief is also relevant for the treatment of mental wellness.
Here’s the science: Therapeutic Laser works at three fundamental levels so that pain is addressed in a number of ways. We balance the lymphatic system to encourage the distribution of white blood cells to the necessary areas of the body for healing. As part of this process, endorphins (the body’s natural pain reliever) and enkephalins (related to endorphin) are released into the blood stream, which results in an analgesic effect. Laser Therapy (LLLT) also decreases nerve sensitivity by decreasing bradykinin, a pain eliciting chemical. Laser Therapy (LLLT) has a pain-blocking effect on certain nerve fibres, which are also play a major role in natural pain relief. Furthermore, Low Level Laser reduces inflammation, which is often the source of pain and discomfort for many of our patients.
Low Level Laser Therapy for Pain, Clinical Studies
Many clinical studies in Low Level Laser Therapy for pain relief now support a wide range of FDA approved equipment in the USA and across Europe.
On UK soil there is an increasing body of research studies, recognised by NICE that supports the efficacy of Low Level Laser Therapy for pain. View this work in the Laser Therapy field, recognised by NICE here.