How does it work? If you place a plant in sunlight, the plant’s leaves will be able to absorb the photons of energy from sunlight and convert them into food through a process called photosynthesis.
In humans, when sunlight hits our skin we cannot make food, but photoreceptors in our cells can convert it into vitamin D, which can affect bone health and immune function, for example.
Since laser light is of a different, specific wavelength, power, and frequency than sunlight, we won’t make vitamin D, but we can make other molecules that have a huge impact on our bodies. The primary molecule that is made is ATP, which is an energy molecule that is critical to our body’s function. This is made primarily in the mitochondria of our cells, which are the little powerhouses or like a battery in the cells.
In addition to this molecule, studies show that laser can stimulate the production of: nitric oxide, which can promote blood flow; glutathione, which is a powerful antioxidant; mesenchymal stem cells; a decrease in inflammation; formation of new blood vessels; formation of new nerve tissue; improved lymphatic drainage; and much more.
Many theories exist as to the mechanism of action for low level Laser Therapy but simply put, photonic energy is absorbed by the photo acceptor sites on the cell membrane which trigger a secondary messenger to initiate a cascade of intracellular signals that initiate, inhibit or accelerate biological processes such as wound healing, inflammation, or pain management.
What conditions can be helped? Low Level Laser Therapy(3LT™) has been successfully used to treat many conditions. These include:
• Acute and chronic back and neck pain
• Carpal tunnel syndrome and tendonitis
• Soft tissue strains and sprains
• Inflammation reduction
• Enhanced tissue wound healing, and cell regeneration
• Nerve pain (Neuropathy)
• Headaches and Migraines
• Scars and scar tissue
Are there any side effects? There are over 1500 published studies and not one of them mentions any negative side effects of semi-conductor diode lasers at the 5mW range like the Erchonia 3LT™ Lasers. Low Level Lasers are safe, non-toxic and non-invasive, there has not been a recorded side effect in over 1700 publications. There are some necessary common sense precautions that need to be considered, such as avoiding pointing the laser beam directly into the eye and maintaining it there, which could prove to be damaging to the eye.
How long are the treatments? Treatments can vary in time from seconds to minutes depending on the condition. Research studies show that there may be a dose dependent response, so it may be more effective to treat at lower doses at multiple intervals than to treat a single time with a high dose.
How much does the treatment cost?
Individual treatments $25 per session