Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) AKA photobiomodulation has been used for many years for musculoskeletal injuries. Recently, solid research has supported the use of LLLT for helping mTBIs/concussions in the healing process. So what exactly does the laser do? It offers many healing interventions including increasing blood flow, decreasing inflammation, promoting synaptogenesis and supporting the mitochondria of the cell. Mitochondria are the “power house” of the cell and this is where we make our ATP which as humans is akin to our battery. When we have insults to the central nervous system (CNS) we can experience mitochondria uncoupling leading to excitotoxicity from released glutamate and subsequent energy depletion as well as many other effects.
Not all lasers are the same. Many inexpensive lasers on the market are simply red light or infrared therapy. Chances are if the “laser” is available for a low price on Amazon and does not require a medical professional to purchase it, it is not doing what you’re hoping it will do. On the opposite side of the spectrum, stronger lasers does not equal better treatment for brain-based issues. Class IV lasers should not be used on the brain. Erchonia lasers are Class II and as an FYI Class III lasers do not exist and have been phased out of the FDA classifications.
One of the leading companies in research and FDA clearances for the use of LLLT is Erchonia. I am thrilled to announce I have added an Erchonia laser to my practice to improve patient outcomes. Not only will I be offering this therapy as a part of a normal patient visit, but I am now offering LLLT packages where a patient can come in and have a laser treatment for a reasonable price. This will be based on time and several areas can be treated in one session. If interested in learning more about how LLLT can help your musculoskeletal or brain-based conditions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.