Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT)

The term laser is an acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. It is a therapy that uses a low level laser or light-emitting diode (LED) to reduce inflammation, improve tissue repair and reduce pain. 

Laser is best used on superficial vascular tissues (those with a good blood supply) such as wounds, muscle, nerve and tendon sheath. Laser uses a combination of red (visible) and infrared (non visible) light, with infrared light penetrating deeper than red light. Laser light targets cell membranes. It is seen as a trigger for the alteration of cell metabolic processes. It up-regulates cell activity by targeting the chromophores (bio-molecules that absorb light) typically found in mitochondria. This light energy is transformed into biochemical energy stimulating tissue repair. 

Laser is useful for the following: 

  • Bruising 
  • Nerve compression 
  • Open & post surgical wounds 
  • Gross oedema 
  • Pain reduction 
  • Soft tissue injury 
  • Inflammation 
  • Enhancing circulation 
  • Helping to re-establish lymphatic drainage 
  • Arthritis