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How LLLT is Used for Pain Management

There are countless treatment options available for pain management, but it can be difficult to decide which treatment is the right one for you – and the condition you wish to treat. This can depend on whether your pain is caused by a skin disorder, overworked muscles, sports injury, tissue trauma after an accident, or simply tension due to stress. Well, did you know that there is a simple, pain-free treatment, backed by hundreds of clinical trials, that can provide pain relief for all of these conditions at once – and in just 20 minutes?

 

It’s called Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT). This non-pharmacological pain management technique has been used for decades, by health practitioners and professional athletes alike, to relieve and manage chronic pain. So if you want to know how you can use LLLT to provide pain relief for yourself or your loved ones, read on – here is everything you need to know about Low Level Laser Therapy for pain management.

 

How It Works

Put simply, light therapy works by triggering certain physiological changes below the skin’s surface. Photons (light energy) are absorbed by certain cellular organelles or photoreceptors, which can then stimulate a number of cellular messages and functions that ultimately reduce inflammation or improve cellular function. LLLT has been used in pain management for years, due to the high levels of scientific studies that demonstrate its effectiveness in reaching the source of pain, and stimulating those cellular functions that work to alleviate it.

 

Sources Of Pain

LLLT can be used to reduce pain associated with a multitude of conditions, including:

  • Neck and back pain
  • Sports injuries such as sprains or muscle tears
  • Sciatica
  • Temperomandibular Joint disorders (TMJ/TMD)
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Lymphoedema

 

While all of these conditions are very different in their pathogenesis, they share commonalities in their underlying sources of pain. The pain we feel in response to most injuries comes directly from the inflammation, and the damage to, or pressure on, nerves at the injury site. Light therapy or LLLT has been shown to have a positive effect on both of these facets. Take Osteoarthritis for example. This painful condition is caused by degradation of the joint cartilage between bones, which results in an increase of inflammatory mediators such as cytokines and nitric acid [1]. While the inflammatory cascade is important for tissue healing, it results in limited function and pain. There are certain things that may also extend the time it takes for our bodies to heal injuries, such as ageing, illness, impairment of the immune system, poor circulation, medication, and many other factors. Sometimes our bodies need a helping hand to speed things along. LLLT has not only been shown to hasten the cellular metabolism of inflammatory processes in order to reduce the healing period, but increases oxidation in the area which improves this also.

 

Light therapy doesn’t stop at reducing inflammation either. Pain caused by pressure on, or damage to, nerves can also be addressed with LED light, a concept which has been confirmed by countless clinical trials [2]. For example, those suffering Carpal Tunnel Syndrome will experience inflammation in the wrist joint, which will also often compress the nerve that supplies the hand and fingers. Therefore, treatments that both reduce inflammatory mediators and work to restore nerve damage and reinnervate injured sites may prove the most beneficial when it comes to addressing pain.

 

Power & Quality Matter

There are several considerations for LLLT to ensure the treatment and management of pain is effective. Consistent with LED light therapies for skin rejuvenation, different wavelengths of light will achieve different results. For example, green LED light is commonly used to address pigmentation. Yellow LED light is often used for anti aging, to improve skin tone, to energise skin cells, and speed healing after treatments like cosmetic injections. When it comes to pain relief and using LED light therapy treatments to address chronic pain throughout the body, LLLT has shown to offer the best results, and this utilises a combination of infrared and near-infrared light.

 

And it isn’t just the wavelength that matters. Not all LED devices are made the same, and the number of LED bulbs and the power output capabilities of the device will determine its efficacy. Aesthetic Bureau proudly operates under stringent testing and quality assurance standards, and base our technologies on the latest research and evidence-based practice. Aesthetic Bureau has certification of the latest standards of ISO 13485:2016 through accreditation with British Standards Institution (BSI) and is the only TGA-listed Australian manufacturer of medical IPL and LED systems.

 

LED light therapy is undeniably one of the most versatile therapeutic treatments on the market, offering customisable options for a vast number of indications. From skin rejuvenation and cosmetic enhancement to repair of injured tissue, what makes light therapy so desirable and multifunctional is its unique ability to optimise our body’s natural physiological functions. So no matter what you want to achieve, what your condition is, or what skin type you have, LED or LLLT can help to maximise what is already there, and allow you (and your skin, bones and joints) to function at their very best, with more freedom and less pain.

 

References

[1] Review of Literature on Low-level Laser Therapy Benefits for Nonpharmacological Pain Control in Chronic Pain and Osteoarthritis

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28987080/

 

[2] Low-Level Laser-Accelerated Peripheral Nerve Regeneration within a Reinforced Nerve Conduit across a Large Gap of the Transected Sciatic Nerve

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23737818/

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