Laser Therapy

Laser therapy, also known as low-level laser therapy (LLLT) or cold laser therapy, is a cutting-edge treatment method that utilises visible light energy on parts of the body to stimulate healing and alleviate pain. Below we explain how laser therapy works, where it's used, and the many advantages it provides for different health conditions. 

What is Laser Therapy? 

Laser therapy involves the use of low power laser beams or light-emitting diodes (LEDs) to deliver specific wavelengths of light to targeted tissues. These non-thermal photons of light penetrate skin deep into the body tissue, triggering a mass of cellular responses that promote healing and reduce inflammation. 

How Does Laser Therapy Work? 

The mechanism of laser therapy revolves around photochemical reactions within the cells. Here's a simplified breakdown of the process: 

Photon Absorption 

When the light energy from the laser beam is absorbed by the cells, it stimulates the production of ATP (adenosine triphosphate), the energy currency of the cell. 

Cellular Effects 

Increased ATP production leads to enhanced cellular metabolism, which in turn accelerates tissue repair, reduces inflammation, and promotes the release of endorphins, the body's natural painkillers. 

Healing Response 

During laser therapy, the stimulated cells initiate a healing response, leading to improved circulation, reduced pain, and enhanced tissue regeneration.  

Laser Therapy has the approval of the FDA, which means it has clearly demonstrated an ability to relieve pain in patients who are experiencing either acute or chronic pains in various areas around the body. 

Benefits of Laser Therapy 

There are a wide range of benefits that laser therapy offers to those with various conditions. 

Pain Relief 

Laser therapy provides effective pain relief for various conditions, including arthritis, muscle strains, and chronic pain syndromes. Laser therapy helps modulate pain signals and promotes the release of endorphins, resulting in reduced discomfort. 

Accelerated Healing 

By stimulating cellular metabolism and promoting tissue regeneration, laser therapy accelerates the healing process for injuries, wounds, and post-surgical recovery. Laser therapy enhances circulation and delivers nutrients to the affected area, facilitating faster recovery. 

Reduced Inflammation 

Laser therapy has anti-inflammatory effects, helping to reduce swelling, redness, and inflammation associated with acute injuries or chronic conditions like tendonitis and bursitis. 

Improved Range of Motion 

Individuals with restricted mobility due to musculoskeletal conditions can benefit from low power laser therapy. By reducing pain and inflammation and promoting tissue repair, it enhances joint flexibility and range of motion. 

Non-Invasive and Safe 

Laser therapy is a non-invasive treatment option that is safe and well-tolerated by most individuals. Low intensity laser therapy avoids the risks and complications associated with surgical interventions and medications. 

Versatile Applications 

Laser therapy can be used to address a wide range of conditions, including sports injuries, neuropathy, osteoarthritis, and wound healing. Its versatility makes laser therapy a valuable tool in physical therapy clinics, chiropractic offices and rehabilitation centres. Low level laser treatment can be used to kill cancerous or abnormal cells. This is not to be confused with 

Low power laser irradiation emerges as a powerful and effective treatment method that harnesses the healing properties of light energy. Whether you're seeking relief from chronic pain, accelerating tissue repair, or improving joint function, laser therapy offers a safe, non-invasive, and effective solution. Consult with a healthcare professional to explore whether laser therapy is the right choice for your specific needs. 

What Conditions Can Laser Therapy Help With? 

  • Bell's Palsy 

  • Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD) 

  • Muscle strains/tears 

  • Trigger points 

  • Ligament sprains 

  • Tendon conditions (eg. tendonitis) 

  • Bursitis 

  • Arthritis 

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome 

  • Wound healing (helps reduce scarring) 

  • Nerve pain (Neuralgia) 

  • Acute pain 

  • Chronic Pain and Chronic joint disorders 

  • Burns and ulcers 

Commonly Asked Questions: 

Is Laser Therapy Safe? 

Yes, laser therapy is safe when carried out by a practitioner. It is also non-invasive, medication-free, and virtually painless for most. It has been used in countries around the world for almost 20 years with no negative side effects. 

How Long Will the Treatment Take? 

The standard treatment duration ranges from 15 to 60 minutes, determined by the size of the treated area. Acute conditions, especially those accompanied by considerable pain, may undergo daily treatment. More chronic issues tend to show better responses when treatments are administered 2-3 times per week. Treatment plans are tailored to an individual’s specific needs. 

How Many Treatments are Needed? 

The number of required sessions varies based on the nature of the treated condition. Acute conditions may find relief with 2-6 treatments, while more chronic issues may necessitate 6-8 sessions. In cases like severe arthritis, ongoing top-up sessions might be necessary to manage pain effectively. 

What Does Laser Therapy Feel Like on The Skin? 

There is no sensation of tingling, buzzing, or heat. There will be only the sensation of the pressure from the laser device firmly pressing against your skinSometimes people have noted a mild warmth. After treatment you should feel no pain or discomfort. 

Who Should Not Receive Laser Therapy? 

Pregnant women are not advised to have laser therapy, especially during the first trimester of the pregnancy. 


Laser Therapy Medical Devices 

BTL-6000 High Intensity Laser 

A revolution in therapeutic laser technology 

The BTL-6000 High Intensity Laser (HIL) offers a powerful form of pain management, healing, and regeneration through a natural process of energy transfer. It’s effective in the treatment of a multitude of acute and chronic conditions and sport injuries including muscle strain or joint distortion, arthritis, low back pain & sciatica and impingement syndrome to name a few. 

Combining Shockwave and High Intensity Laser therapy allows you to maximize treatment results and to speed up the recovery process. You may choose from single shockwave or laser therapy treatment or use the treatment combination in one session for exceptional treatment results. 

BTL-6000 Scanning System Elite 

Next generation technology 

Automated high-intensity laser for treatment of acute pain, injury recovery, and delivering strong thermic therapies in large areas. 

The Robotic Scanning System is an operator-free procedure that saves therapists time and provides an opportunity to cover a wide spectrum of indications. 

The very first class 4 robotic intelligent Scanning System delivering the highest power using one wavelength. Due to the best tissue property interactions, 1064nm wavelength allows for targeting deep-lying tissues. The power of up to 30W gives you the opportunity to maximize the effects of pulsed analgesia, as well as delivering strong thermic therapies even in large areas within a shorter time. 

If you are interested in receiving Laser Therapy treatment, please contact the medical experts at BTL who will be happy to assist you. 

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