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The Benefits of Low-Level Laser Therapy

Posted: March 27, 2017
By: Dr. Ruminder Birk

Low- Level Laser Therapy also known as photobiomodulation, cold laser therapy and laser bio stimulation, is a medical treatment that uses low-level lasers to stimulate cellular function. Laser treatment has been tested for over 40 years, and has been shown to aid in damaged tissue regeneration, decrease inflammation, relieve pain and boost the immune system. This means there is a good chance laser therapy could be your pain solution, allowing you to live a more active lifestyle. 

The use of Low-Level Therapy (LLLT) has its roots in the late 1960's.  The first to use the laser were ophthalmologists and then dermatologists. However, it was not long before many other medical professions began to see the use of the laser in their fields. However, in 1968, Endre' Mester invented 'laser bio stimulation'. He believed that lower-powered beams could produce cold effects in tissues. He used lasers at low output powers to experiment on cellular behavior. By 1969, he had done a now-famous study on the healing properties of lasers with non-healing or slow-to-heal ulcers which were not healing with conventional therapies. Then Freidrich Plog in Canada used the laser for pain and I.B. Kovacs showed its effectiveness in wound healing acceleration.

Soon thereafter, the LLLT made its way into the Health Canada and FDA for approval for pain reduction. Today, LLLT has many different uses including sprains, back and neck pain, arthritis, chronic pain, nerve pain, ulcers, post-operative care and burns. LLLT has been shown to increase cellular function and regeneration, including cells that create muscle tissue.

Photosynthesis is the process whereby plants use sunlight to produce energy. The energy is then changed through cellular respiration to ATP, which is the fuel for all living things. Unlike what many think, not all laser treatments are heat oriented. LLLT is photochemical and works similarly to photosynthesis. LLLT stimulates the enzyme cytochrome coxidase, which, like sunlight for plants, produces ATP. ATP is needed for all human cells to function and controls other biochemical molecules that lead to cell aging and cell death. With LLLT, the cells metabolism is increased and they survive longer. This suggests the possibility that disease or injuries, since all occur at a cellular level, could be influenced.

Although we’ve seen it in movies for years, the idea of healing with light seems like something far off in the future. Nothing could be further from the truth. LLLT is already on the road to treating a wide variety of ailments, book your consultation today at Atlantis Chiropractic here in Woodbridge to see if this therapy is right for you.

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