Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) / Cold Laser:
Cold Laser therapy uses light in the red spectrum to stimulate cellular activity encouraging tissues to heal faster. Human cells run on a fuel called ATP (adenosine Triphosphate). All activities in the body require the use of ATP, whether that’s breathing, healing or contracting a muscle.
How? The light from the Cold Laser stimulates microstructures within the cells called mitochondria (now think back to year 7 science). The Mitochondria are the powerhouse of the cell producing the body’s fuel, ATP. With this increase in ATP availability to the cells, tissue is able to heal faster, reducing the recovery time.
Cold Laser can also:
– Boost the oxygen supply to damaged cells. 1
– Stimulate parts of the brain to produce natural pain relievers called “endorphins”. 2
– Reduce inflammation and swelling by promoting lymphatic circulation. 3
– Reduce adhesions and scar tissue formation during the healing phase. 4
Cold Laser is highly effective for the treatment of:
– Acute soft tissue injuries
– Chronic pain
– Arthritic joints
– Neuropathic pain syndromes
– Disc injuries
– Tendon and ligament injuries
– Muscle strains and tears
– Pre and post-surgical treatment
Laser Therapy is effective, painless and there are no known negative side effects. Laser therapy is cleared by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).
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