Low Level Laser Therapy is a form of light therapy that utilizes a specific wavelength range (near the infrared part of the light spectrum), which has been shown to have a number of effects on our body. Injured cells use this type of light to increase cellular metabolism. This allows the cells to progress through the inflammatory cycle in a fraction of the normal time, while at the same time causing release of endorphins (a feel good chemical in our brain). The cold laser also causes angiogenesis (growth of micro-capillaries, which increase local blood supply, which increases the rate of healing. It’s effects are summarized below.
- Increased cellular metabolism
- Quicker resolution of inflammation
- Release of endorphins
- Increased local blood supply
It are these combined effects that make Low Level Laser Therapy an exceptionally powerful tool for speeding up the healing process and reliving pain.
Other current areas of global application and research of low level laser therapy include:
- Antibiotic-resistant wound closure
- Burn treatment