Low Level Laser Therapy using Erchonia PL Touch
Our office began offering Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) in March of 2017 and what a difference it has made in treating tight muscles, painful muscles, back pain, plantar fascitis, headaches, migraines, numbness and tingling and so much more. In fact, anywhere a person hurts, just shine the laser on that area and they usually feel improvement. The list of complaints that LLLT can treat is too numerous to mention.
LLLT does what stretching, massage, dry needling, guasha (scraping) try to do. I’m not trying to put down other therapy’s. It’s just that none of these free up your cells mitochondria to make energy. No Energy–> Poor Cellular function–> Dysfunction.
As of November 2018 I have four laser systems in my office. I’m the only one in Dane County that has the FX 635 machines that are FDA Cleared for Chronic Lower Back Pain. Other FDA clearances include treatment of Chronic Plantar Fasciitis Pain, Chronic Neck and Shoulder Pain and even treatment of Acne using the EVRL (Erchonia Violet Red Laser). Many other conditions can be treated however including the brain to help with concussions and more.
LLLT appears to be new, but Russia has been using LLLT since 1974 with great success. They’re way further ahead than the rest of the world in their understanding of LLLT since they’ve been using it for so long. They have 200,000 LLLT devices in clinics across their country and another 200,000 for home use. Every person in Russia most likely knows about LLLT. But here in America it’s getting a slow start. The article on Russia using LLLT is shown below. Just scroll down.
Does LLLT work through clothing? Yes it does because the photons emitted from the laser are so small they go through the clothing. However, when possible I prefer to have the treatment area more exposed.
Will I feel it? You won’t feel anything because it’s working on a molecular level. Just like you don’t feel medications working at the molecular level, you won’t feel this either. You notice the effects afterwards however in most cases…either right away or later. Remember, the laser gets your cells working better and it’s your cells that heal your body. This happens after the laser has been applied. There are other more immediate effects that tell you right away something good has happened.
Are there any side effects? There are no side effects. Nice!
How often should a person get treated? Two to three times a week can be adequate. How long you get treated in a session also matters. I change the position of the laser every ten minutes or so to cover more territory in the affected region. Just by feeling around the painful area I can find other muscles that are tight and contributing to your pain even though those muscles might not hurt. People often do a 20, 30 or 40 minute session to cover an entire region.
What’s the difference between other laser systems?
Erchonia patented the optics used to turn a laser dot into a laser line. No one else can make LLLT devices with this type of optical system which allows for greater treatment coverage.
You can identify LED systems just by looking at the paddles that put out light. Now don’t look at them when they’re turned on for eye safety reasons, but look at the paddles when they’re off. Now if you see rows of LED lights then it’s an LED system. They still have benefit but they’re different. How do I know? Because I’ve talked to other doctors that have LED based systems and they always say to me something like, “Yea I tried that, but it didn’t do much to help people.” So here I am saying this is the coolest thing I’ve ever seen and they’re saying they didn’t see any benefit. Then I realized every one of them was using an LED system because they didn’t want to pay for a laser system.
If you know anything about power levels like with a 100 Watt light bulb or a 50 watt sound system then you can understand the power levels of these lasers. My handheld laser (PL Touch) has four lasers each line having only 0.0075 Watts of power. Seems like nothing since it’s like 10,000 times less energy than a 100 Watt light bulb. How could that possibly do anything? But are you concerned about your eyes if you stare at a 100 Watt light bulb? How about a 0.0075 Watt laser? I’ll stare at a 100 Watt light bulb any day, and I’ll flash the 0.0075 Watt laser across my eyes, but I’m certainly not going to stare at it. So don’t fall for the marketing scams with “laser” systems. If they’re saying they have a 50 Watt laser, it’s not laser but LED. The FDA allows both laser and LED systems to be called lasers. Hopefully they’ll get that changed in the future because it leads to a lot of confusion.
Do you combine this with the ABC chiropractic adjustments? Often times I do, but there are others that don’t want to be adjusted so just opt for the laser therapy.
If you have any questions, please call our office and ask.
Low-Level Laser Therapy in Russia: History, Science and Practice.
Journal of Lasers in Medical Sciences 2017 Spring;8(2):56-65. doi: 10.15171/jlms. 2017.11. Epub 2017 Mar 28. Moskvin SV1.
Abstract: In Russia (formerly USSR) study of biomodulation action (BMA) mechanisms of low-intensity laser irradiation (LILI) began in 1964, immediately after the development of lasers. During the period from 1965 to 1972 several dozens of scientific conferences were held, hundreds of studies were published. Generally, secondary mechanisms and results of LILI effect on patients with various diseases were studied. This data was immediately implemented into practical medicine in the fields of oncology, surgery, dermatology and dentistry, and since 1974 low level laser therapy (LLLT) is included in the standard of state medical care. For 50 years no less than 1000 books were published (monographs, collections, methodical and clinical materials), thousands of researches were carried out. Primary mechanism and patterns of interaction of LILI with acceptors within cells can be represented in the following order: absorption of photon’s energy – emergence of a local temperature gradient – release of Ca 2+ from intracellular stores – stimulating Ca 2+ –dependent processes. Understanding of this process allowed the explanation of all known secondary effects, optimized methods and extremely increased effectiveness of LLLT. Owing to the knowledge of BMA mechanisms of LILI, numerous associated and combined LLLT techniques were developed and are widely used nowadays: locally, on the projection of internal organs, laser acupuncture, reflexology, intracavitary, transdermal and intravenous laser blood illumination, magnetic-laser therapy, laser phoresis, laser-vacuum massage, biomodulation, etc.
About 400,000 laser therapeutic devices are used in Russian practical healthcare. Unique, having no analogues in the world devices, are produced – red pulsed laser diodes (wavelength 635nm, power 5-40 milliwatts, pulse duration 100ns, frequency 10,000 Hz) are designed specially for effective laser therapy.
- In Russia (formerly USSR) study of photobiomodulation effects of low level laser began in 1964.
- From 1965 to 1972 several dozens of scientific conferences were held, hundreds of studies were published.
- This data was IMMEDIATELY IMPLEMENTED into practical medicine in the fields of oncology, surgery, dermatology and dentistry.
- Since 1974 low level laser therapy (LLLT) is included in the STANDARD of state medical care.
- Their preferred parameters in Russia for effective laser therapy? Wavelength 635 nm, power 5-40 mw, pulse duration 100 ns, frequency 10 000 Hz. (Same as I use in my office)
So WHY is this the first time you’ve ever heard of Low Level Laser Therapy?
Wound healing of animal and human body sport and traffic accident injuries using low-level laser therapy treatment: a randomized clinical study of seventy-four patients with control group.
Journal of Clinical Laser Medicine & Surgery. 2000 Apr;18(2):67-73. Simunovic Z1, Ivankovich AD, Depolo A.
Department of Anesthesiology, La Caritá Medical Center, Laser Center, Locarno, Switzerland.
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE:
The main objective of current animal and clinical studies was to assess the efficacy of low level laser therapy (LLLT) on wound healing in rabbits and humans.
STUDY DESIGN/MATERIALS AND METHODS:
Clinical study was performed on 74 patients with injuries to the following anatomic locations: ankle and knee, bilaterally, Achilles tendon; epicondylus; shoulder; wrist; interphalangeal joints of hands, unilaterally. All patients had had surgical procedure prior to LLLT.
After comparing the healing process between two groups of patients, we obtained the following results: wound healing was significantly accelerated (25%-35%) in the group of patients treated with LLLT. Pain relief and functional recovery of patients treated with LLLT were significantly improved comparing to untreated patients.
In addition to accelerated wound healing, the main advantages of LLLT for postoperative sport- and traffic-related injuries include prevention of side effects of drugs, significantly accelerated functional recovery, earlier return to work, training and sport competition compared to the control group of patients, and cost benefit.
Photobiomodulation in human muscle tissue: An advantage in sports performance?
Journal of Biophotonics 2016 Dec;9(11-12):1273-1299. doi: 10.1002/jbio.201600176.
Epub 2016 Nov 22. Ferraresi C, Huang YY, Hamblin MR.
Wellman Center for Photomedicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Department of Dermatology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
Universidade do Sagrado Coração – USC, Bauru, São Paulo, Brazil.
Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.
Abstract: Photobiomodulation (PBM) describes the use of red or near-infrared (NIR) light to stimulate, heal, and regenerate damaged tissue.
- Both preconditioning (light delivered to muscles before exercise) and PBM applied after exercise can increase sports performance in athletes.
- This review covers the effects of PBM on human muscle tissue in clinical trials in volunteers related to sports performance and in athletes. The parameters used were categorized into those with positive effects or no effects on muscle performance and recovery. Randomized controlled trials and case-control studies in both healthy trained and untrained participants, and elite athletes were retrieved from MEDLINE up to 2016.
- Performance metrics included fatigue, number of repetitions, torque, hypertrophy; measures of muscle damage and recovery such as creatine kinase and delayed onset muscle soreness.
- PBM can increase muscle mass gained after training, and decrease inflammation and oxidative stress in muscle biopsies.
- We raise the question of whether PBM should be permitted in athletic competition by international regulatory authorities.