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Laser Therapy Injuries Croydon Chiropractic

Low Level Laser Therapy (Cold Laser)

Now Available at Croydon Chiropractic Centre

Low-level laser therapy (LLLT), also known as cold laser therapy or photobiomodulation therapy, is a medical treatment that uses low-level lasers or light-emitting diodes (LEDs) to stimulate cellular function. Unlike surgical or high-power lasers, which are used to cut or destroy tissue, LLLT uses low levels of light to promote healing and reduce pain and inflammation.

LLLT works by applying specific wavelengths of light to the body, typically in the range of 600 to 1000 nanometers. These wavelengths penetrate the skin and are absorbed by cellular components, such as mitochondria, which are responsible for producing energy in cells. This absorption of light energy can stimulate various biological processes, including:

  1. Increased cellular metabolism: Light energy absorbed by mitochondria can enhance ATP (adenosine triphosphate) production, which is crucial for cellular function and repair.

  2. Improved circulation: LLLT can dilate blood vessels, leading to increased blood flow to the treated area, which can promote healing and reduce inflammation.

  3. Reduced inflammation: LLLT has been shown to modulate inflammatory mediators, such as cytokines, leading to a decrease in inflammation and associated pain.

  4. Enhanced tissue repair: LLLT can promote the synthesis of collagen and other proteins necessary for tissue repair and regeneration.

LLLT is used to treat various conditions, including musculoskeletal injuries (such as tendonitis, sprains, and strains), arthritis, wound healing, neuropathic pain, and dermatological conditions. It is often employed by physiotherapists, chiropractors, and other healthcare professionals as part of a comprehensive treatment plan.

LLLT is considered a safe and non-invasive therapy with minimal side effects when administered by trained professionals. However, its effectiveness can vary depending on factors such as the condition being treated, the specific parameters of the laser (such as wavelength, power density, and treatment duration), and individual patient characteristics. As with any medical treatment, it's essential to consult with a healthcare provider to determine if LLLT is appropriate for your specific condition and to receive proper guidance on its use.

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