Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT)
A powerful ‘drug-free’ method for pain relief, tissue repair and healing
Treating acute and chronic pain
Since its inception in 1967, LLLT has been used on sports injuries, arthritic joints, neuropathic pain syndromes, and back and neck pain as it is scientifically proven to increase the speed, quality and tensile strength of tissue repair, resolve inflammation and reduce pain in whichever location on the human body the treatment is applied.
With over 200 randomised clinical trials published in a range of leading international academic journals, LLLT is known to help:
- Acute injuries: tendon and ligament tears; sprains and strains; facet joint syndrome.
- Chronic problems: lower back pain, bursitis, tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, piriformis syndrome, scar tissue, whiplash, bone healing.
- Sporting injuries: cruciate tears of the knee (ACL, PCL, MCL, LCL); ligament sprains of the foot; Achilles tendon tears; biceptial tendinitis, golfers elbow, tennis elbow, jumpers knee.
- Arthritic conditions: rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.
How does LLLT work?
LLLT is the application of red and near infra-red light that is applied over injuries or lesions by a laser, or high intensity LEDs, that increase cellular energy and reduce oxidative stress – this means LLLT reduces the imbalance in the body’s system that controls its ability to easily repair cell damage, hence leading to increased repair by improving cell metabolism and reducing inflammation. This process is similar to that of photosynthesis in plants. Just as a plant absorbs sunlight and uses this energy to grow, the human body absorbs the energy from LLLT in order to speed up cellular repair and cell production.
Understanding the science
When a cell becomes stressed due to trauma, disease, injury or ageing, a major change occurs within that cell’s mitochondria – the cellular power plant inside every cell – and nitric oxide is produced. This nitric oxide displaces oxygen within the mitochondria, reducing essential intracellular energy and extracellular signalling molecule (ATP), causing an over production in reactive oxygen that ultimately leads to oxidative stress. It is this oxidative stress that leads to inflammation and cellular death. By preventing the production of nitric oxide, LLLT allows oxygen back in to the stressed cell, subsequently restoring ATP and reducing oxidative stress. In other words, LLLT helps restores mitchondrial function, leading to improved cell metabolism, which means the patient gets better quicker.
Are there are any conditions during which it is inadvisable to have LLLT?
- Thyroid issues: LLLT should not be used over the thyroid gland.
- Immune suppressant drugs: For a patient taking such medication, it is imperative to inform the practitioner in advance of receiving treatment, as it may warrant the treatment ineffective.
Can I have LLLT during pregnancy?
Yes, LLLT may be used on pregnant women in conjunction with other treatments undertaken for back pain or other complaints.
How long does a session of LLLT take?
A typical session takes between from 3-10 minutes. The exact length of an LLLT session is naturally dependent upon the size of the area that requires treatment.
Is it painful?
No, it is not. LLLT is pain-free. Patients will hardly feel anything apart from the pressure of the applicator on the area. It is important to highlight that the intensity used with LLLT is not high like a surgical laser and there is no heating effect. Furthermore, it is important to highlight that it is highly unlikely that LLLT will harm your eyes, unlike class 3G lasers that can be potentially harmful to the retina. Safety goggles are worn by the patient and practitioner at all times.
How much does it cost?
LLLT costs £20 for 20 minutes, which includes complimentary soft tissue work at the time of treatment.
Bringing LLLT to Essex
Romford and Ilford Family Chiropractic, in association with Back2fit, is pleased to bring LLLT to Essex as it joins other LLLT customers including the British and US military, Premier Division soccer teams, Olympic teams, Formula 1, rugby and cricket team therapists and specialist pain centres in the UK and USA. Payal Patel is a professionally trained LLLT therapist.
“LLLT is really helping with the removal of scar tissue which has built up over a number of years due to a serious car crash and many years of heavy weight lifting. My improvement has been very noticeable and I thank Payal for the time and effort which she has put in. I hope that continued work with LLLT will improve more gains on the body for me and more comfort.” David Done, Road traffic accident patient
To book your appointment, call us on:
0208 252 1010