Low level laser therapy (LLLT) is fast becoming a part of mainstream medicine as a solution for pain relief and healing. The therapy delivers a combination of laser radiation and monochromatic light and excludes the heat, sound and vibration associated with other treatments.
The actual procedure lasts approximately 10 minutes and may be administered twice a week depending on your needs. If you’re suffering from unrelenting neck pain, rheumatoid arthritis, and pain caused by inflammation, then laser therapy might significantly improve your quality of life.
How Low Level Laser Therapy Works
According to research, LLLT works to increase serotonin and endorphins to improve blood circulation. This improved circulation will speed the rate at which wounds heal – especially beneficial for diabetics. LLLT has also shown benefits for arthritis sufferers as it maximizes lymphatic flow, which results in reduced edema. LLLT has been proven to reduce the chronic inflammation that contributes to pain and permanent joint damage experienced by people who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis.
The photons of light released during the therapy penetrate tissue to speed up cellular growth and reproduction. Laser therapy, therefore, helps cells in the tendons, muscles, and ligaments to heal and repair faster.
Nerves heal slowly and may not fully heal. But laser therapy can accelerate the healing process and reduce the numbness, pain, and impaired function associated with damaged nerves. LLLT speeds up the amplitude of action potentials to restore the integrity of the nerve and reduce pain.
Getting Low Level Laser Therapy Treatment
As LLLT continues to gain mainstream acceptance, your insurance company might cover the cost of the therapy. Some insurance companies deny claims because they state the treatment is still experimental. But this will change soon as the therapy gains widespread acceptance.
If you suffer from a chronic condition that have not been responsive to traditional medical treatment, you might want to try LLLT to gain some relief. You have nothing to lose, except the constant pain.