Whilst many of us associate lasers with Star Wars movies or hair removal, not all lasers are designed to cause destruction or heat. Low Level Laser Therapy (also known as LLLT and Cold Laser) is a specialised laser that uses controlled infrared light wave lengths to painlessly stimulate, accelerate, normalise and balance skin function. Unlike the lasers used for permanent hair removal, Low Level Laser Therapy offers a host of skin, muscle and pain relief benefits for long term correction and maintenance. As the Low Level Laser Therapy device does not generate any heat (hence the name Cold Laser), it can be used on every skin type, colour and condition for customised and effective results. No preparation with products required!
Light has the power to activate and create many biological effects – when it hits the retina in our eyes, a chemical reaction is produced that allows us to see. When sunlight hits our skin, it stimulates the synthesis of vitamin D, but can also activate our pigment cells and create a tan to guard us against UV. LLLT filters light to specific infrared healing wavelengths to activate a photo-chemical response within the skin and surrounding tissue (such as muscles and ligaments) that enhances healing and reduces inflammation. Low Level Laser Therapy has been successfully used medically for over 50 years and was originally designed to treat the effects of cancerous and sun damaged skin. These days, it’s an effective therapeutic procedure used to re-create effects similar to acupuncture or a visit to a physiotherapist.
As the low level laser light is absorbed by the communication hub of cells, energy and rejuvenation become activated, synthesising DNA and structural proteins and stimulating nutrient-rich microcirculation. As a result, stem cells and healing white blood cells are mobilised, promoting the re-building, re-structuring and repairing process. Youth-energising collagen and elastin fibres are triggered and stimulated, further enhancing skin integrity, volume and density. Ligaments and muscles become oxygenated and stimulated to increase repair and reduce chronic pain and inflammation.
The normalising and immune-building effects of Low Level Laser Therapy enable the treatment and management of a range of skin conditions, including eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis and rosacea. Low Level Laser Therapy may also be used on chronically inflamed, sensitised and reactive conditions including acne, post-operative, sun burnt and irritated skin. With cumulative therapy, redness is diffused, heat reduced, swelling diminished and discomfort decreased. The healing effects of Low Level Laser Therapy may also be used to treat viral or auto-immune conditions including cold sores, shingles, scleroderma and lupus.
The Low Level Laser Therapy device is also commonly used in sports medicine for the treatment of arthritis and acute and chronic muscular or ligament pain. This allows for greater flexibility, recovery and comfort.
LOW LEVEL LASER FOR ARTHRITIS
BEFORE & AFTER – ALSC CLIENT
(Performed by Senior Therapist Jess at our Reservoir Clinic)
IMAGE BEFORE – Hands out stretched at maximum.
IMAGE AFTER 1- Hands outstretched and relaxed.
IMAGE AFTER 2 – Photo that patient sent from home, showing excess skin as a result of reduction in swelling and inflammation.
After 2 x Low Level Laser Therapy Treatments:
LOW LEVEL LASER FOR BACK PAIN
LOW LEVEL LASER FOR SKIN REPAIR
As Low Level Laser Therapy activates an organic repair response, treatment programmes vary patient to patient. For treating skin conditions, infrared Low Level Laser Therapy can effortlessly be combined with many other therapeutic procedures to increase results and healing. Cold Laser treatments require no formal preparation are painless and comfortable with no downtime. Whilst an initial course may require more frequent sessions, maintenance may be performed at monthly intervals or incorporated as part of combination therapies.
The Low Level Laser Therapy device offers various settings that enable skin and muscular conditions to be treated simultaneously. Immediately following the procedure, the area instantly feels more comfortable, with visible redness significantly reduced and calmed.
Cold Laser therapy goes just beyond skin care to deliver an effective total body solution.
By: Andrew R. Christie
Beauty & Skin Industry Specialist