The biological effects of Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) have been shown to significantly accelerate and enhance the body’s natural defense and repair abilities when injured.
By reducing the duration of inflammation as well as enhancing specific repair and healing process, LLLT has been proven to provide pain relief, reduce damage due to the injury and loss of function.
LLLT enables the body to have a more rapid repair and stronger tissues once healed.
Low Level Laser Therapy(3LT™) has been successfully used for a large variety of conditions and has been effective in such uses as:
- acute and chronic pain reduction
- repetitive use disorders like carpal tunnel syndrome
- soft tissue strains and sprains
- inflammation reduction
- enhanced tissue wound healing, and
- cell regeneration
Unlike high power lasers that use heat and destroy tissue, low energy lasers affect the cellular energy of the underlying tissue. Hot lasers have a thermal effect and have an output of 1MW or above. Cold (or) Low Level Lasers do not have a thermal effect on tissue, lasers that stimulate biological function have an output below 10mw- milliwatts (ten- one thousands of a watt).
Low Level Laser Therapy (3LT™) refers to the modality of applying a “low” energy or “low level” laser to tissue that stimulates cellular processes and thereby enhancing biochemical reactions. For example, studies show that LLLT increases ATP production in the mitochondria of the cell. Since more energy is now available, the cell may utilize this fuel to function or operate more efficiently.
Treatments can vary in time from seconds to minutes depending on the condition. Research studies show that there may be a dose dependent response, so it may be more effective to treat at lower doses at multiple intervals then to treat a single time with a high dose.
A treatment plan may vary, depending on the condition. For instance, an acute soft tissue injury or open wound may require multiple short treatments initially then the interval between treatments will lengthen as the condition improves.
In San Diego and Southern California, Dr. Jeffers provides safe and effective cold laser treatment for pain relief and healing. Dr. Jeffers can be contacted for an evaluation at (858) 452-7770.