Cold Laser Therapy or Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) is a treatment that utilizes specific wavelengths of light to interact with tissue and has been found to help accelerate the healing process. It can be used on patients who suffer from a variety of acute and chronic conditions and diseases in order to help eliminate pain, swelling, reduce spasms, generate cell repair, increase functionality, enhance overall health conditions.
The effects of low level laser treatments are photochemical. Photons enter the tissue and are absorbed in the cell’s mitochondria and at the cell membrane by chromophores. These chromophores are photosensitizers that generate reactive oxygen species following irradiation thereby influencing cellular redox states and the mitochondrial respiratory chain. Within the mitochondria, the photonic energy is converted to electromagnetic energy in the form of molecular bonds in ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate). In order to interact with the living cell, laser light has to be absorbed by intracellular chromophores. Cell membrane permeability increases, which causes physiological changes to occur. These physiological changes affect macrophages, fibroblasts, endothelial cells, mast cells, bradykinin and nerve conduction rates. The clinical and physiological effects are obtained by the way in which tissues absorb laser radiation. This tissue absorption depends on the wavelength of the beam itself and the power to ensure that the laser energy reaches the target tissue at the necessary clinical levels.
Mitochondria are considered the “powerhouses of the cell,” generating most of the energy in your body in the form of adenosine-5’- triphosphate (ATP).
ATP is your body’s main source of cellular fuel. You are constantly using it, and your brain needs enough of it to work properly.
Proper mitochondrial function and ATP production is critical for neuroprotection, cognitive enhancement, and the prevention and alleviation of many neurological and mental disorders.
Research demonstrates that transcranial LLLT supports mitochondrial function and significantly increases the production of ATP in the brain.
Your mitochondria contain photoacceptors that absorb the photons from light and convert them into ATP – energy that can be used to perform cellular tasks and biological processes.
This process is comparable to plant photosynthesis, during which sunlight is absorbed by plants and converted to energy for the plants to grow.
By stimulating the mitochondria and producing more ATP, LLLT gives brain cells extra ATP energy to work better and heal and repair themselves.
On top of this, LLLT has also been shown to:
The use of LLLT for medical purposes has been around for more than half a century. The technology has become well established in physical and rehabilitative therapies. The therapeutic use of light has broadened to include medical conditions such as stroke, myocardial infarction, some brain disorders and traumatic brain injuries. Research is ongoing and promising to treat other brain issues, such as depression, anxiety, autism, addiction, Parkinson’s, and ALS.
Cold lasers are handheld devices used by the clinician and are often the size of a flashlight. The laser is placed directly over the injured area for 30 seconds to several minutes, depending on the size of the area being treated and the dose provided by the cold laser unit.
During this time, the non-thermal photons of light that are emitted from the laser pass through the skins layers (the dermis, epidermis, and the subcutaneous tissue or tissue fat under the skin). This light has the ability to penetrate 2 to 5 centimeters below the skin at 90mw and 830 nm.
Once the light energy passes through the layers of skin and reaches the target area, it is absorbed and interacts with the light sensitive elements in the cell. This process can be compared to photosynthesis in plants - sunlight is absorbed by plants, which is then converted to usable energy so that the plant can grow.
When cells absorb this light energy, it initiates a series of events in the cell that is theorized to eventually result in normalizing damaged or injured tissue, a reduction in pain, inflammation, edema and an overall reduction in healing time by increasing intracellular metabolism.
LLLT has been extensively studied and found to be safe and effective without harmful side effects. Unlike the high-intensity lasers used for surgery, low-powered lasers don’t cut or burn human tissue. Instead, light therapy encourages cells to function optimally promoting healing.
With depression and Alzheimer’s escalating to epidemic proportions, brain health is understandably a top concern for most everyone these days. From medications to meditation, people are seeking ways to improve their brain and keep it healthy for life. A proven tool, that is both economical and easily available to you to improve your brain is low-level laser therapy.
There is mounting evidence that LLLT could be a low-cost, effective treatment for depression and anxiety.
Research has found that nearly all studies to date investigating the effect of transcranial photobiomodulation on mood reported statistically significant antidepressant responses. In one study, participants experienced significant reductions in depressive and anxiety symptoms after just two weeks of LLLT. When treating depression, the prefrontal cortex of the brain, behind your forehead, is the primary target for stimulation.
Here are some ways in which LLLT may help depression:
For your convenience, we are located in Kingman AZ and Lake Havasu City AZ. In both locations, you will experience the highest quality attention and customer service in a serene and comforting setting, receiving painless cold laser therapy with the Erchonia XLR8 cold laser, the world leader in low level laser technology. Our mission is to provide positive physical and mental changes in your life. Treat up to three areas of complaints for just $30.00, two - ten minutes per area, depending on patient's status of conditions to be treated. It normally takes a series of treatments, usually 8 to 30, depending on the severity and duration of the condition. For best results, patients usually return for treatments a couple of times per week when initially addressing ailments. Also experience incredible results in regaining balance with treatment protocols to boost immunities, detox body, clear lymphatics, sinus, allergies, hormonal issues depression, anxiety, fatigue and more ... the benefits from cold laser therapy are endless. Make an Appointment by calling 928-530-6614 or emailing ColdLaserTherapyArizona@gmail.com