Laser Health Spa
Gulf Coast Spine Care specializes in creating personal treatment plans for our patients.
How It Works
Low level laser therapy (LLLT), cold laser therapy, or photobiomodulation are the terms that describe the application of a light to promote tissue repair, reduce inflammation, or induce pain relief. Think of a light going through a prism and all the colors of the rainbow coming out. In the electromagnetic spectrum light is made of various wavelengths or colors in the visible or near infrared which have different effects. Each laser of light is monochromatic and coherent which can either stimulate or inhibit ATP production. The different colors represent wavelengths of light that are in a spectrum that include microwave, infrared, near infrared, visible light, ultraviolet, and x-rays. Used by high level amateur and professional athletes worldwide.
LLLT is where you take specific wavelengths of light and project them through the skin to get specific effects. Think of LLLT like photosynthesis in plants, where plants need sunshine to grow and stay healthy. LLLT causes an intracellular photochemical change that leads to a cascade of downstream intracellular, extracellular, and physiological changes. In addition, pain relief can be obtained by a nerve block without the use of xylocaine or numbing injection.
There have been 30 LLLT papers published in 2012, over 300 clinical trials, and over 3000 laboratory studies. There are several ongoing studies at Harvard. The device is FDA approved, and also approved in Europe and Canada.
The 4 common clinical targets for Low Level Laser Therapy are:
- site of injury to promote healing, remodeling and reduce inflammation
- lymph nodes to reduce edema and inflammation
- induce analgesia or pain relief
- trigger points to reduce tenderness and relax contracted muscles
The number of treatments required is dependent on several variables. The faster an injury is treated, the faster it resolves. But one must remember that if the treatment is started and not completed, often times the pain returns worse than before.