LOW LEVEL LIGHT THERAPY – LLLT – “COLD LASER”
– Non-painful treatment.
– Simple and fast.
– Insurance covers.
– Tendonitis, Trigger Points, TMJ, Carpal Tunnel, Fibromyalgia, Myofascial pain, Wound healing; Scar recovery, Strain and Sprain, acute and chronic joint pain.
The Solaris D890 Therapy Probe incorporates one laser diode emitting a wavelength of 875 nm and 3 red diodes emitting a wavelength of 660nm with a maximum power output of 625 mW. The Solaris D880plus Infrared Cluster Probe uses 32 infrared super luminous diodes emitting a wavelength of 880nm and 4 red diodes emitting a wavelength of 660nm. The differences in LLLT units lies in the power with which the light is delivered. The D880plus Probe has a maximum power output of 1000 mW compared to the maximum output power of a 500 mW probe thus reducing treatment time to 30 seconds per burst, which is then typically repeated several times.
With the LLLT machine I can treat chronic pain conditions and trigger points, tendonitis, myofascial pain sites, and chronic joint pain in a way we had not been able to before. We have the system operating and it has been well received. Light Therapy is very non-invasive, and it is covered by insurance.
There are several pathways proposed to explain the results, but the bottom line is that this therapy may be useful to you.
Light Therapy is backed by extensive research with over 500 published studies covering a number of soft-tissue injuries, pain, and inflammatory conditions.
These include more than 100 positive, double blind clinical studies (12), hundreds of positive in vitro studies, lots of animal studies, all pointing
into one direction – it works. Since laser therapy works at a cellular level by improving the activity of cells in a reduced condition, almost any pathological
situation will improve through laser therapy. But according to the way we are used to looking at medical therapies, there is no such thing as “takes it all”.
Being skeptical is a good scientific quality and accepting a shift of paradigm takes a lot of documentation! As of 2003, there were more than 50 different medical indications described in the literature, 18 in the list of double blind studies.
At Blue Heron Chiropractic, we are using cluster probes with light emitting diodes (LEDs) as the active sources. Cluster probes often pair infrared diodes
together with laser diodes. The type of light we apply is a combination of red and far-red light using a multi-probe. We are typically applying non-coherent,
continuous or pulsed light.
Treatment once a week may be inappropriate for an acute condition but may be appropriate for a chronic condition. The pathology will determine the frequency of treatment. It is rather common to start a treatment series with two or three sessions per week and after some time go down to one treatment per week. In the clinical situation, the intervals can be related to the patient’s response.
Light therapy is a relative contraindication in persons with a history of cancer.
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