Low Level Laser Therapy
What is laser therapy?
Freedom Care Clinics have invested in both low level laser therapy (LLLT) and High Intensity Laser Therapy (HILT). Typically called cold laser or LLLT, low level laser therapy is a treatment which can aid tissue repair, nerve regeneration and bone formation. Often used as an alternative to acupuncture, LLLT helps to speed up the healing process of fractures and soft tissue injuries. High Intensity Laser Therapy (HILT) treatment works in a similar way, however the additional power in the laser unit enables deeper penetration below the skin surface, and quicker treatment times. We’re now offering this innovative treatment at both our Leeds and Manchester clinics.
How does laser therapy work?
LLLT and HILT therapy works in two ways to accelerate the healing process. First of all, it increases cellular regeneration, and secondly it increases cellular communication.
During laser therapy, lightwaves penetrate up to three centimetres of soft tissue (muscles, tendons and ligaments) to support the vital work of cells and provide energy necessary for healing. The infra-red light frequencies stimulate cell mitochondria, causing them to oxidise and duplicate, accelerating healing time by up to twice the normal rate.
When cells are injured, they can lose their ability to communicate. The light frequencies used in laser therapy work to stimulate cells and restore this communication, further accelerating the healing process.
Low level laser therapy and high level laser therapy also workk on injuries by reducing inflammation, promoting calcium uptake, and improving the flow of blood and oxygen to the soft tissue.
Other benefits of laser therapy
Aside from increasing healing time, low level laser therapy and high level laser therapy boost protein production, supports healthy cell growth, improves circulation and increases immunity.
Will laser therapy hurt?
Because low level laser therapy uses low levels of light, the laser itself does not produce any heat or vibration, meaning you won’t experience any pain or discomfort during the treatment. During High Level Laser Therapy treatment, a sensation of warmth is sometimes noticed. However this does not result in discomfort and is usually described as pleasant.
How many treatments will I need?
Many patients feel a reduction in pain after the first session of laser therapy. However, in order to treat the underlying cause of the pain, a course of treatments is usually advised.
When should I start a course of treatment?
Low level laser therapy and high level laser therapy can be used on both new and chronic injuries. In both cases, the laser will work to reduce pain, increase muscle strength, improve mobility, aid healing and restore cell communication.
Conditions treated with laser therapy:
- Sports and dance injuries
- Bells Palsy
- Slipped or bulging discs
- Repetitive Strain Injury
- Soft tissue sprain or strain
- Temporal Mandible pain
- Trigeminal Neuralgia
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
For more information, call your local clinic on the number below.
Leeds : 0113 345 5060
Manchester : 0161 503 5656
Leeds Park Sq
Lower Ground Floor
29 Park Square West
Leeds LS1 2PQ
Manchester, Queen Street
Freedom Care Clinics
Same Day Doctor
28 Queen St