What is LOW-LEVEL LASER THERAPY?
Low-level laser therapy is a form of alternative medicine that uses laser light at low levels. The light is applied to the surface skin of the body to decrease pain and inflammation, promote healing of wounds, tissues, and nerves, or for the preventing tissue damage. This is much different than the high-level lasers that we know for surgical procedures to cut and destroy unhealthy tissue.
How Does LOW-LEVEL LASER THERAPY WORK?
Low-level laser therapy is said to work through a photochemical effect (which also occurs with photosynthesis in plants). When cells inside tissue are stressed via disease and injury, the mitochondria (or powerhouse/place where metabolism takes place inside a cell) produce harmful nitric oxide. The nitric oxide displaces needed oxygen from the cells thus causing inflammation or cell death. When tissues absorb the light from the low-level laser therapy, the nitric oxide is disassociated (or irreversibly split) allowing more oxygen back into the cells and therefore increasing tissue oxygenation. Via this mechanism, cell metabolism and mitochondrial function is a restored allowing health of the tissue. The absorption of light is also said to increase cell proliferation and migration (regeneration) and to modulate levels of growth factors and inflammatory mediators.
Does it HURT?
No, Erchonia low-level lasers do not heat or freeze the skin.
How Long Do TREATMENTS TAKE?
The duration of treatments depends on the condition and severity of the condition being treated. Most treatments range from 5 to 15 minutes.
What Laser is used at Endpoint Wellness?
At Endpoint Wellness Dr. Geoffrey Hayes uses the Erchonia EVRL for the treatments.