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Can Targeted Laser Therapy Reduce Chronic Pain?

Updated: May 17

Targeted Laser therapy, also known as low-level laser therapy (LLLT) or photobiomodulation therapy, is a non-invasive treatment that involves using specific wavelengths of light to stimulate healing and reduce pain and inflammation. Those patients who are seen in our practice as well as the Physicians and PT's we train understand why Thor Laser Systems used in Our Protocols for regenerative medicine, neuropathy and pain treatments applied manually to precise tissue locations is life changing for almost all who experience it.

  1. Cellular Effects: The light energy emitted by the laser penetrates the skin and is absorbed by cells within the body. This energy promotes cellular metabolism and increases the production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which is the energy source for cellular activities. Enhanced ATP production can lead to accelerated tissue repair and regeneration.

  2. Anti-inflammatory Effects: Laser therapy can help to reduce inflammation by inhibiting the production of inflammatory mediators and promoting the release of anti-inflammatory cytokines. This helps to decrease swelling, which in turn can alleviate pain associated with inflammation.

  3. Analgesic Effects: Laser therapy stimulates the release of endorphins, which are natural pain-relieving chemicals produced by the body. This can lead to a reduction in pain perception, providing relief for individuals suffering from chronic pain conditions.

  4. Improved Blood Circulation: Laser therapy can also enhance blood circulation in the treated area. Improved circulation helps to deliver oxygen and nutrients to the tissues, while also facilitating the removal of metabolic waste products. This can aid in the healing process and reduce pain and stiffness.

  5. Nerve Modulation: Laser therapy may modulate nerve function, including decreasing nerve sensitivity and interrupting pain signals sent to the brain. By influencing nerve activity, laser therapy can help to alleviate neuropathic pain, such as that experienced in conditions like diabetic neuropathy or sciatica.

  6. Faster Healing: By promoting cellular regeneration and tissue repair, laser therapy can accelerate the healing process for injuries or chronic conditions. This can result in reduced pain over time as the underlying cause of the pain is addressed.

Overall, laser therapy offers a non-invasive and drug-free approach to managing chronic pain by targeting multiple mechanisms involved in pain perception and tissue healing. It is often used as part of comprehensive treatment plans for so many in our practice for conditions such as arthritis, tendonitis, fibromyalgia, and sports injuries and so much more.





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