- The history of light therapy dates back to the 6th century when Herodotus observed that sunlight was required for normal bone growth.
- 1903 Nils Fensen awarded the Nobel Prize for treating surgical tb, rickets and lupus vulgaris with UV light
- Einstein theorized the physics of laser light in 1916 as an assumption to support the Theory of Relativity. (L.A.S.E.R = Light amplification by simulated emission of radiation)
- Naalt established in 1998, Walt in 1994 for promoting research, education and clinical applications in the field of photo-Therapy with lasers and other light sources.
- The question is no longer whether LLLT is effective, but how best to apply and understand its effects.
- LLLT in development now for over 40 years, with more than 2500 published studies.
- Light and other forms of energy are the therapies of the future.
What the effects of LLLT are:
- As cells absorb light, mitochondria produces more ATP, Cellular respiration and metabolism increase.
- DNA and RNA formation and protein synthesis quicken.
- The effects however are far more complex than the simple acceptance and conversion of photon energy by cells.
For what purpose is LLLT being used to list but a few:
- Addictions and Detox.
- Smoke Cessation.
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
- Weight loss, linked to Hypnosis.
- Face rejuvenation.
- Heel spurs, plantar fasciitis, Heel pain.
- Restless leg Syndrome.
- Neck Pain.
What To Expect From Low Level Laser Treatments?
Before going on a treatment, people usually have a lot of questions on mind. Would this treatment entail higher costs? How many times do I need to use low level laser therapy before I notice the results? How long would be the treatment? Would I feel pain? Are there side effects? Would the results take long? These are just few of the questions that you may ask if you are interested with undergoing low level laser therapy.
As they have said before going on any procedure, anyone would want to be certain with things that affect their body and of course, their time and not to mention their pockets. Though you might have read about the good therapeutic effects of low level laser therapy, you would not want to be left with the fear of not knowing.
Once you visit your physician or health practitioner, you may want to first discuss your options. Usually, the doctor will recommend this treatment if he or she finds that you are a good candidate for it. Once the doctor suggested this treatment, you might want to check their available package or payment options for treatment. Make sure to ask questions and weigh the best option for you.
How much would it cost?
Please remember that low level laser therapy is not really covered by health insurance. Depending on the area or condition of the body, the charge usually plays from R100 to R150 per area. And as mentioned earlier, there are actually affordable billing plans that you can choose from. Just make sure to discuss this matter with your doctor during your consultation.
How many treatments should you undergo?
Of course, this depends upon the severity of the condition, your age, your general health and the period of when you had the problem. The more serious the condition is, the more treatment will be required. Usually, the patient needs to go for the treatment twice or thrice a week. This will be required so that the tissues around the treated area will quickly heal. Also, the average number of treatments can be at twelve to twenty five sessions. But this is not a definite figure since it all boils down to how severe the condition is.
There are some that will see the effect after the seventh session. But ideally, 3 months program of therapy will give you the best therapeutic results.
How long does each treatment take?
This also depends upon the history and severity of the condition. Treatments can take as short as 5 minutes. It may also take as long as 15 to 20 minutes. Usually, the treatment is being administered in small or short quantities over time.
How does low level laser therapy feel?
During treatment, patients always say that they do not feel anything. Low level laser therapy is in reality very safe and painless. Low power lasers do not have the effect of warming the skin but there are few who might perceive a very slight heat during the treatment. Few patients also experience a very slight tingling feeling while having the therapy. These patients usually have severe condition. But you will be surprised to know that this tingling effect is comparable to the sensation created with a mosquito bite.
Are these results permanent and when will you feel the results?
Initial results can be first seen after hours of each session. And you will feel the results for days. Also, as you visit for this treatment as scheduled, you will be able to feel the effect as it builds up. Every time you visit, a whole new relief will be noticed.
Also, the results are permanent for acute conditions wherein there is lesser damage to tissues or body organs. However, for some serious conditions, there is a possibility that some symptoms may occur in the future. But it is suggested that a booster treatment be given to some sever conditions twice a year.
What are the risks and are there side effects?
Generally, there are no side effects for low level laser therapy. And the risks for this therapy are minimal. The known physical risk can be a damage of the eye. There are no reports yet for this but it is important that this be considered especially if you will be using invisible beam. Patients should be wearing protective goggles especially if treating an oral or dental condition.