This page is a summary about what Laser Therapy is, how it works, and what it can be used for.
To understand how that can be possible, one must first understand that the body is an extremely intelligent interconnected entity; the body knows when something is wrong and what needs to be done in order to fix it, issues only arise when the body does not have sufficient energy to carry out the necessary healing.
The process by which Laser Therapy effectively delivers adequate energy to the body to allow for expedited natural healing is through a process called photobiomodulation. Photobiomodulation is very similar to photosynthesis, which is how plants receive nutrients through absorbing sunlight. The process of photobiomodulation is quite similar, where the Laser Light is absorbed through the skin and regenerates and rejuvenates theoretically every type of cell in the body through various natural processes. “Theoretical” is stated as though Laser Therapy has been used in the medical field for 50 years and the practice and understanding of “light therapy” originates from ancient times, modern science has yet to analyze every different type of cell in the body to verify that it is truly every type of cell.
Types of cells for which Laser Therapy has been proven to greatly stimulate healing of include but are not limited to skin, nerves, tendons, cartilage, bones, internal organs, hair follicles, blood, areas of the teeth and more.
The simplest way to understand the difference between Laser SURGERY versus Laser THERAPY is that Laser Surgery cuts or burns-meaning it is an invasive process which destroys tissue, while Laser Therapy is NON-invasive and is actually healing tissue. The biggest difference in how this is possible that a laser can achieve both of these extremely different effects is in the delivery.
To visualize the difference between a surgical laser and a therapeutic laser one can relate laser to water. Water is a great analogy, as we require water to sustain life, but water can also be extremely destructive, all dependent on the delivery. The delivery of surgical lasers is similar to that of water through a pressure cleaner-a pressure cleaner is a high-pressured delivery of water, pushing a high volume of water through a small opening. This method of delivery of water makes it strong enough to cut off a barefoot toe. Therapeutic lasers would be likened to the delivery of water through a watering can. This method of delivery involves a wide distribution of water delivered at a slower pace. This means that there is much lower pressure, allowing it to be gentle enough to not disturb delicate petals on a flower.
HOT Laser is a very general way to refer to a SURGICAL Laser, while COLD Laser is referencing in a very general sense to a THERAPEUTIC Laser. Neither term refers to any specific type or classification of laser. A hot laser, (surgical laser) will always be hot as it is cutting and burning tissue, but a “cold laser” is never actually “cold” in temperature. Cold lasers may actually be hot, warm, or not generate any temperature at all, depending on their classification.
Low-Level Laser Therapy, or LLLT, refers to any Therapeutic Lasers classified as Class I, Class II or Class III. (To understand Classifications of Laser in depth, click HERE).
High-Powered Laser Therapy, or HPLT, refers to any Therapeutic Lasers classified as Class IV. Class IV lasers will always have a significant heat element and require certain precautions.
Healing properties of different wavelengths of light were first discovered in ancient times, but modern understanding of healing properties of Laser were discovered 50 years ago when scientists realized that non-invasive lasers had the potential to improve wound healing and reduce pain, inflammation and swelling. To see an in depth timeline of the history of Laser Therapy, click HERE.
HEALTH: Laser Therapy has been FDA cleared for pain relief, reducing inflammation and increasing blood flow since 2003. FDA clearance took place following a study done by General Motors on Carpal Tunnel which proved to show statistically significant results. In this study, 72% of those who received Laser Therapy were able to return to work, versus 41% who received the placebo. The study showed that physical therapy alone did improve grip strength, however, significantly more subjects had improved grip strength and overall improvement when Laser Therapy was added to their treatment. To view this study, click here.
HAIR: Laser Therapy has also been FDA cleared for hair regrowth since January of 2007, following a randomized, double-blind, shame device-controlled, multicenter trial in 110 men with androgenetic alopecia which showed statistically significant improvement.
Laser Therapy has been officially used for healing for 50 years in modern medicine. During this time, no significant adverse effects have been reported according to numerous scientific journals. Contact Elevated Health to request condition specific studies.
Laser Therapy is beneficial for a very wide range of conditions:
* reducing recovery time from injuries by up to half
* severe nerve damage
* chronic pain
* autoimmune disorders
* thyroid issues
* adrenal fatigue
* skin conditions
* organ complications and diseases
* issues regarding blood
* tumors & cysts
* breathing issues
* sinus issues
* digestion complications
* hair regrowth
* preventative treatment
* general vitality
* back/spine conditions
Using Laser Therapy both before and/or after exercise has been shown to increase athletic performance, decrease soreness, and has even been shown to increase muscle mass gains.
Acupuncture: Various forms and levels of Laser Therapy have been used successfully on acupuncture points in place of traditional needles. Low power lasers can stimulate these points, while higher doses of Laser Therapy can be used to deactivate trigger points.
Laser Therapy has been proven to alleviate damage from strokes, traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) and spinal cord injuries.
Skin Conditions: Studies support the combination of Laser Therapy and LED as a beneficial therapy to prevent and reduce wrinkles, acne scars, burn wounds, burn scars, UV damage, psoriasis, acne and other various skin conditions.
There have been studies that look positive in regards to regenerating portions of the teeth and also with blood irradiation, though further studies are being recommended for both areas. In regards to blood irradiation, it is theorized that Laser Therapy normalizes all types of blood lipids, renders platelets less likely to clot, and activates the immune system.
The science behind Laser Therapy supports its use as an effective preventative therapy.
For a more complete list of specific conditions, click HERE.
- Synergy is defined as: “The interaction or cooperation of two or more organizations, substances, or other agents to produce a combined effect greater than the sum of their separate effects.”
Magnetotherapy has been used in combination with laser since the 1970’s when the Russians developed MIL-Therapy, and has been used regularly in clinics since the 1990’s in Russia. MIL-Therapy has been shown to be more effective than either single modality.
Another non-invasive therapy that has been proven effective with countless health issues is the use of LED. Each color has unique healing properties, though LED target more superficial conditions, i.e. anything skin level. To receive an email specifically explaining the function of each color LED, contact Elevated Health.
Ultrasound at low levels also has numerous healing properties such as accelerating bone repair, increasing blood circulation, accelerating crucial processes necessary in wound healing, and increasing a myriad of biochemical responses on the body. Ultrasound is also key in preventing and dissolving clots.
Can you imagine the healing power of all of these therapies combined in one device? Since 2009 this specific combination of modalities has become known as coMra-Therapy.