From 1967 to date 2500 clinical studies have been done on lowblevel laser therapy. Initiated in 1960 by Ended Mester a Hungarian physician low level laser therapy has been used as alternative medicine.
WHAT IS LOW LEVEL LASER THERAPY?
Low level laser therapy also known as low power laser, soft lase, biostimulation laser, cold laser or laser acupuncturerefers to an alternative medicine of increasing body healing.
Though not all clinicians out there are using this method of treatment , as LLLT is not fully understood and a lot of research is being done on its working and effects.And also it is still not taught in some medical training institutions.
HOW DOES LOW LEVEL LASER THERAPY WORK ?
It is an altealternative method of treatment. It refers to non thermal photons.Infrared of visible light of particular wavelegnth (about600-1000nM) that are emitted from a laser, a flashlight like device that can be handled comfortably with ones hand. The light particles are directed towards the area that wants to be treated. It penetrates through the skin to to the target tissues without any form of pain as low level lasers are non thermal as I had indicated earlier.The depth of penetration is directly proportional to tje wavelegnth of rhe laser.
Once it reaches the target tissues .The energy introduced to the tissues react with the light sensitive cell components.Which results to reduction in pain, reduced inflammation in the infected place , normalise the working of of damaged cells.Eventually enabling reduced healing g time.
A lot of research has been done to confirm the effectiveness of low level laser therapy.
WHERE IS LOW LEVEL LASER THERAPY APPLIED?
Because cold laser can stimulate any kind of tissues it can be used as a treatment of several ailments associated with tissue and muscle pain or damage.
- Back pains;
- Arthritis pains;
- Knee pain;
- Knec pain;
- Among many others.
LOW LEVEL LASER THERAPYVIN TREATMENT OF SPORT INJURIES
Getting injured players back on track as fast as possible is rhe ultimate goal of alteams medical stuff.Injuries frustrate athletes and even lower their confidence as they wonder of when they will get back on the field.
Low level laser therapy was just heavenly sent for athletes as it helps them heal quickly.
In a research done by pubmed.gov low level laser therapy was found to be 65.9% effective in the treaent of all sport injuries.
Sport injuries mainly involve damage to tissues muscles nerves, bones and joints .Low level laser therapy come in handy in the fast treatment and quick recovery from these injuriesinjuries.Hospitals have been treating athletes using low level laser therapy since the 90s.
Low level laser Therapy works best in the treatment of:
- Jumpers knee;
- Tennis Elbow;
- Achilles tenditis;
- Ankle sprains;
- Shoulder injuries;
- Plantar fascitiis;
- Chronic pain of elbow;
- Wrist and fingers.
Rehabilitation of athletes has never been easier.It saves athletes time and from taking complicated medicine prescription which span for days.It has also reduced surgeries.
The sports Fraternity has benefited most out of this invention of the 21st century.
Although a lot of research is being done to fully understand how Low level laser therapy works .How can exposing tissues to a form of light really help in healing? Even as Academicians do there work,Athletes all over the world are enjoying quick recovery.