Lower Level Laser Therapy

Low Level Laser Therapy on Plantar Fascia

What is Lower Level Laser Therapy (LLLT)?

Lower Level Laser Therapy (LLLT), Cold Laser and PhotoBioModulation (PBM) are all terms used to describe the use of specific frequencies and pulses of intense, energized light in the painless treatment of tissue repair, reduction of inflammation and pain relief.  As such, the accepted name for this treatment is now Photobiomodulation (PBM).  To clarify, it only takes a few minutes to deliver these safe and effective treatments.  But, they can be used for both the short-term relief of acute pain as well as safely long-term on chronic conditions and pain relief.

Originally discovered in the 1960s, more recent research and development have led to the use of PBM now being used in over 70 countries.  As a result, PBM has been adopted by many institutions including NASA, Harvard Medical School and armed forces in the USA.  Meanwhile, in the United Kingdom, The Royal Navy, The British Army, The Royal Air Force, The National Health Service (NHS), BUPA, Premier Division Football teams and British Lions Rugby, all use LLLT/PBM.

Proven Success with Lower Level Laser

  • Soft Tissue Injuries
  • Joint conditions
  • Back and Neck Pain

Lower Level Laser is also used successfully to treat the following conditions

  • Shin Splints
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Knee Cartilage Tear
  • Hamstring Strain
  • Morton’s Neuroma
  • Ankle Sprain
  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Lower Leg, Ankle & Foot Lymphoedema
  • Diabetic Ulcer
  • Plantar Warts / Verruca
  • Gout
  • Osteoarthritis of the Foot
  • Wound Healing
  • Fungal Nail Infection

The number of Lower Level Laser treatments required will depend upon the specific condition presented.   Contact us to book your appointment, to discuss how Lower Level Laser Therapy could help you.

How it works

When cells are stressed, a detrimental chemical reaction within the cells occurs.  Nitric oxide inhibits oxygen consumption by mitochondrial cytochrome c oxidase.  Subsequently, this reduces production of ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate) and causes oxidative stress leading to increased inflammation and reduced production of ATP.  However, PBM displaces nitric oxide.  As a result, thereby reducing inflammation and restoring ATP production.  Therefore, this helps tissues heal more quickly.

PBM creates a positive chemical change in the cells, similar to photosynthesis in plants and is not a thermal reaction.  Therefore, PBM does not cause any cell damage.  Importantly, clinical trials have shown that PBM can produce significant reduction in inflammation equal to or better than NSAID drugs like Ibuprofen within 2 hours of PBM treatment with analgesic (pain relief) effects that last for 48 hours and healing time of chronic tendonopathies is reduced by 70%.