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Photobiomodulation Therapy

What is Photobiomodulation Therapy (PBM Healing Laser)?

PBM Laser Therapy uses a patented multi-wave high power laser to significantly reduce pain and inflammation, while also promoting soft tissue repair and chronic pain relief. Two wavelengths are used in unison, penetrating the affected area of the body for optimal results.

Each wavelength delivers different results:

  • Wavelength 1: continuous laser at 808 nanometers; reduces inflammation and swelling

  • Wavelength 2: pulsed laser at 905 nanometers; reaches deeper into tissue and nerves for pain relief

An energetic synergy is created when delivering these wavelengths that produces greater anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving effects than either can produce on its own, while minimizing the risk of thermal damage. It is this unique combination and synchronization of continuous and pulsed emissions that characterizes PBM and distinguishes it from other Class IV lasers.

Once absorbed by the body, these specific wavelengths of light promotes a cascade of cellular activity, including: igniting the production of enzymes; stimulating mitochondria and ATP synthesis; increasing vasodilation and lymphatic drainage; and elevating collagen formation substances to prevent the formation of scar tissues. (1) 

As a result of exposure to the MLS Laser, the cells of tendons, ligaments and muscles can repair themselves up to 30% faster, getting you back to your normal life quickly and safely. 

 

How can Photobiomodulation Therapy help with my lower limb pain/condition?

PBM therapy is a light-based regenerative medicine modality. It boosts  your lower limb circulation and repairs acute nerve and soft tissue damage.

Conditions that can be improved by PBM therapy 

  • Chronic Joint pain (knee, ankle, hip) (1)
  • Painful peripheral neuropathy (2)
  • Tendonitis
  • Venous/arterial ulcerations located at shin, toes, heels, and bony prominences
  • Painful Oedema, Mass Subcutaneous contusion in geriatric patients (3)
  • Muscle strain/ Sports injuries
  • Ligament injuries

In addition, PBM therapy works in combination with a variety of regenerative treatment modalities to promote your quick lower limb pain recovery. For instance, PBM therapy will be used before growth factor injection therapies to boost the efficacy of the injection therapy to reduce swelling and potential bruising or nerve damage which underlies with any injection therapies.

 

How many treatments will I need?

The number of treatments prescribed depends on the nature of the condition being treated. Each treatment is cumulative in its effectiveness, building off the previous treatments; therefore, expect to see improvement as you proceed through your treatment plan.

Most patients experience positive results after 4 treatment sessions, with the average course of treatment being 6 to 10 sessions. It is critical that once you start, you complete the course of treatments recommended by your doctor or symptoms are likely to relapse.

References 

1.Kheshie AR, Alayat MSM, Ali MME HighIntensity Versus Low-Level Laser Therapy in the Treatment of Patients with Knee Osteoarthritis: a Randomized Controlled Trial. Lasers Med Sci, 2014, 29, 1371-1376.

2. Cg SK, Maiya AG, Hande HM, Vidyasagar S, Rao K, Rajagopal KV. Efficacy of low level laser therapy on painful diabetic peripheral neuropathy. Laser Ther. 2015;24(3):195-200. doi:10.5978/islsm.15-OR-12

3. Pasternak K, Nowacka O, Wróbel D,Pieszyński I, Bryszewska M, Kujawa J Influence of MLS® Laser Therapy Radiation on Erythrocyte Membrane
Fluidity and Secondary Structure of Human Serum Albumin. Mol Cell Biochem, 2014, 388, 261-267