Low Level Laser Therapy

What is Low Level Laser Therapy?

Low Level Laser Therapy is the use of red and near-infrared monochromatic light to enhance the body’s natural healing processes. A laser is essentially a focused beam of light that emits photon energy. When light is focused properly, the photons are all traveling in the same direction and at the same wavelength; this is known as coherent light. Cells communicate to one another through coherent light.

Stucky Chiropractic Eau Claire Chiropractor performing low level laser therapy on patient.

How Does Low Level Laser Therapy Work?

The laser device is held close to the skin over the area being treated. During the painless treatment, the light energy is absorbed and converted to biochemical energy, which stimulates the cells. Laser energy increases circulation which draws water, nutrients, and oxygen to the damaged area. The natural healing process of the cells is activated. This results in reducing pain, inflammation, muscle spasms, and swelling. Increased blood flow stimulates repair of the tissue.

Unlike the more publicized heat lasers, low-level lasers (3LT®) do not have a thermal effect and are used to stimulate rather than destroy tissue.

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