Low Intensity Laser Therapy for Inflammation
Low intensity laser therapy is a non-invasive option to treat nagging muscle and joint inflammatory conditions without any significant side effects. Generally, LILT is most effective on patients who have little to no benefit from traditional medical treatments for their conditions.
This new technology uses red and infrared light to irradiate abnormal tissues with photons. Photons are energy particles that are absorbed by molecules in the cells. This absorption triggers the cells to produce enough energy to achieve normal cellular roles and speed up the process of healing. In a typical LILT treatment session, the light source is placed so that it touches the skin at the point of the injury so that the photons can penetrate the tissue.
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Treating Inflammation with Laser Therapy
- Tendonitis - Inflammation of a tendon in joints like the elbow or knee
- Myositis – Inflammation of the muscles
- Synovitis – Inflammation of the joint-lining membrane
- Bursitis – Inflammation of the sac between a tendon and the skin
- Plantar Fasciitis – Inflammation in the foot, often in the heal
- Rheumatoid Arthritis – A disease that causes inflammation in the joints and their surrounding tissues
Using LILT for conditions like these can enhance the body’s healing capacity enough to repair damaged tissue, along with reducing swelling and inflammation. The pain from these inflammatory conditions can be significantly reduced with LILT, and it can help bring back mobility in the muscles and joints.
In the short term, LILT can reduce pain from inflammation because the energy created in the cells produces and releases endorphins into the body. Endorphins are similar to morphine in that they inhibit pain. LILT also increases production of cortisol, which lowers the body’s sensitivity to pain.
For successful treatment of these inflammatory conditions, LILT should be administered about three times a week. However, this varies depending on the severity of the problem. The long-term effects cannot be realized with only one LILT treatment per week. The cumulative improvements for inflammatory conditions like tendonitis, rheumatoid arthritis, and synovitis are significant when LILT is used properly.
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- The increased production of energy over time will result in the creation of healthy cells.
- Protein, the material that forms tissue is also increased with LILT treatments.
- New blood cells are produced allowing better blood flow to the affected area.
- The cortisol that the treatment produces also helps to enhance the body’s immune system and the healing process.
- LILT treatments also increase the body’s levels of the hormone serotonin, which is key in transmitting nerve impulses.