• Pain

  • Short Term Effects of Laser Therapy and Laser Acupuncture

    • Production and release of beta-endorphins (these are morphine like substances produced by various cells in the body that inhibit the sensation of pain)
    • Cortisol production is increased (cortisol is the precursor of cortisone).  This enables the body to combat the stress associated with trauma or the disease process
    • The short-term effect is significant in 5-10% of cases during or after the conclusion of the initial treatment, but is not as important as the long term or cumulative effect

    Long Term or Cumulative Effect of Laser Therapy and Laser Acupuncture

    • ATP (adenosine triphosphate) production is increased resulting in improved cellular metabolism
    • DNA (desoxyribosenucleicacid) production, the protein building block of tissue is substantially increased
    • Neurotransmission is facilitated due to elevated levels of serotonin and aceytylecholine
    • Mitochondrial activity is stimulated resulting in cell replication etc.
    • Modulation of macrophages, fibroblasts and other cells
    • Angiogenesis (formation of new blood vessels)
    • Regulates cell membrane potential, essential in NA, CL and K ion transfer (electrolyte balance)
    • Cytokines and other chemicals enhancing cellular communications are released

    Other Effects

    • The immune response is stimulated
    • Lymphatic drainage is improved
    • The histamine response is positively altered
    • Production of growth hormone is increased
    • Stimulation of the healing processes is accompanied by relief of symptoms

    It should be noted that many other positive physiological activities are modulated and extensive research continues to progress this therapeutic modality.

    Summary

    Absorption as a result of photon bombardment of various bio-molecules in the cell results in the transformation of light into biochemical energy.  This is a cumulative effect and requires sufficient stimulation in order to initiate response.  The end result of low intensity laser treatment is the restoration of normal function of the cell unit.  Conversely, worldwide research to date has failed to record any negative effects from this process. In contrast to other therapies, Low Intensity Laser Therapy is curative rather than simply modulating symptomatology.  Continued research is further enhancing the effectiveness of this existing technology.