There is a lot of talk about Low-level laser (light) therapy (LLLT) in chiropractic, physical therapy, and orthopedic world. The claims are that it helps everything from acne to broken bones. In today’s blog post we are going to discuss what exactly LLLT is, who can benefit from it and how we incorporate it into our treatment plans.
The procedure is incredibly simple we apply two large pads directly to the problem area and light of varying wavelengths, 600 (nm) to 900 (nm), depending on the depth of penetration desired, is absorbed by your skin and photobiomodulation begins. This encourages your body to enter a state of repair. Cells within your body are stimulated and begin to self-repair at an increased rate, significantly speeding up the body’s natural healing process. These devices are used throughout the medical world the science surrounding them is growing daily. The studies currently available demonstrate the undeniable benefits of these devices. That being said whenever something new comes out the marketing gurus of the world love to make outlandish claims on benefits that are not backed by research. Rather than debunk all the myths surround LLLT and focusing on what it is not proven to do, we are going to focus on what research demonstrates it does accomplish.
When you come to our office and receive LLLT therapy we are going to stress the top three benefits to each of our patients and those are tissue repair, decreased inflammation, and finally pain relief. When the body is injured whether that be a significant or insignificant injury, that doesn’t even result in pain, the body immediately rushes blood to the area to protect you from further injury. This results in edema (swelling) and is actually a positive thing initially, but after the acute phase of the injury has passed, we want to begin to decrease the swelling and provide the building block for the body to heal itself properly. This is exactly what LLLT can do for your body. When the device is applied to the skin photobiomodulation occurs increasing the body’s available ATP (adenosine triphosphate) which is a complex chemical whose overall function is to provide the energy necessary for most of the processes that occur in living cells. This means the body can begin to decrease inflammation and repair the damaged soft tissue (muscle, ligament, tendon, fascia, and skin)
Some of the best applications for LLLT include ligament strains and sprains, tendonitis, muscle strains and sprains, generalized low back and neck pain, disc disorders, and sciatica. When you begin your journey to health with us at Restore Chiropractic we utilize all the tools, modalities, and techniques available to us to provide the most efficient treatment plans possible, both with your time and your financing. Our goal is to get you back to living your life and doing the things that bring you joy as fast as possible. We wholeheartedly believe that incorporating several therapies rather than only performing spinal adjustments provides our patients with the outcomes. Our therapies have a cumulative effect that when combined provide far more benefit than any stand-alone therapy or technique.