Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT)

Definition - What does Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) mean?

Low Level Laser Therapy (also known as Photobiomodulation Therapy) is the application of targeted light to wounded or inflamed tissue. The goal is to promote faster healing, and this form of laser therapy is used to reduce inflammation, relieve both chronic and acute pain, and improve wound and soft tissue healing

TheConsultation explains Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT)

Lower Level Laser Therapy uses small hand-held tools to channel low level laser energy, namely red and near infra-red light, targeting wounded or inflamed tissue. While medical lasers use the same infra-red light, unlike them, the lasers used in Lower Level Laser Therapy are of a much lower intensity and there is no heating of the targeted tissue, which is why the device used are often called “cold lasers”.

Instead, the low level energy is absorbed by the mitochondria (the parts of the cells which produce energy), which results in the increase of cellular energy production. When such low energy levels are used, the red and near infra-red light reduces oxidative stress, and increases ATP, which in turn improves cell metabolism. This way, inflammation is reduced and healing is promoted.

Lower level laser therapy is used to heal soft tissue injuries, ulcers, joint problems, chronic lower back pain, muscle fatigue, neck pain, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. Low level lasers are also used as parts of laser hair growth treatments.

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