What is LLLT?
LLLT (Low Level Laser Therapy) is the application of red and near infra-red light over injuries or lesions to improve wound and soft tissue healing, reduce inflammation and give relief for both acute and chronic pain. First developed in 1967, it is now commonly referred to as LLLT.
LLLT is used to: increase the speed, quality and tensile strength of tissue repair; resolve inflammation and relieve pain (analgesia).
• Acute or chronic tendinopathies
• Sprains and strains
• Neck and back pain
• Post-operative pain
• Tissue healing
An excellent alternative to NSAIDs
NSAIDs slow healing and often have side effects whereas LLLT actually improves healing, as well as reducing inflammation and pain. LLLT IS SAFER AND MORE EFFECTIVE Over 400 LLLT clinical trials (RCTs) and over 4,000 laboratory studies have been published. It has proven more effective and safer than pharmaceutical anti-inflammatories across a range of musculoskeletal conditions. LLLT also improves healing and reduces muscle fatigue, muscle damage and DOMS.
Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) improves tissue repair, reduces pain and inflammation wherever the beam is applied. Treatments take only a few minutes and can be applied two or more times a week.
Significant reduction of inflammation equal to or better than NSAIDs within 2 hours, analgesic effects that last for 48 hours, healing time of chronic tendinopathies reduced by 70%.
HOW IT WORKS
When cells are stressed, nitric oxide (NO) inhibits oxygen consumption by mitochondrial cytochrome c oxidase. This reduces production of ATP and causes oxidative stress leading to increased inflammation and reduced production of ATP. Cells need to have ATP because it’s the gasoline that powers all living things. ATP is a high energy nucleotide which acts as an instant source of energy within the cell.
LLLT displaces nitric oxide (NO) from cytochrome c oxidase thereby reducing inflammation and restoring ATP production, helping tissues heal more quickly.
With over 3,000 customers using THOR lasers in 70 countries including Harvard Medical School, NASA researchers, US Navy, RAF, British Army, Royal Navy, NHS, BUPA, premier division football teams, British Lions Rugby , THOR can rightly claim to be the number one supplier in the world of LLLT technology and training.
“The use of low levels of visible or near infrared light for reducing pain, inflammation and edema, promoting healing of wounds, deeper tissues and nerves, and preventing cell death and tissue damage has been known for over forty years”
Prof. Michael Hamblin, Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology
"I use laser immediately on acute injuries, it is a very useful adjunct to have at major sporting games, treating acute and chronic injuries alongside manual therapy for pain relief and reduction of inflammation."
Sarah Cooper BSc (Hons), physiotherapist to the British Olympic Athletic Team.
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