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, thickness in woman’s legs (edema), white finger tips turning in the cold, back pain, clogged lungs, plantar fascitis, thumb pain, etc., etc.
The list of complaints that Low Level Laser Therapy can treat is too numerous to mention. Basically think of it this way, are there any areas of your body that need more cellular action? Neck, brain, areas of poor circulation, swollen areas (or when you take your socks off and you see the indentations from your socks), gums, whatever.
I have to admit, I didn’t think this laser treatment concept was anything to even consider until I attended a seminar on Aging and Low Level Laser Therapy. After the first day, I realized that LLLT didn’t treat people by adding heat like I thought. Instead it reinvigorated cells on a molecular level by treating the energy producers of cells which are the mitochondria.
There are between 100 and 2000 mitochondria in each cell depending on what type of cell it is. These mitochondria are miniature ‘cells’ within your cells. Imagine how small they are if you can pack 2000 of them into a cell? Anyway, these mitochondria make the energy of the cell, but they can be hindered in chemical ways which I don’t completely understand. LLLT frees them up to make energy again.
LLLT does what stretching, massage, needing, dry needling, guasha (scraping) try to do. I’m not trying to put down other therapys. It’s just that none of the therapies just mentioned free up your mitochondria to make energy. No Energy–> Poor Cellular function–> All kinds of bad things happen.
I use the PL Touch LLLT device from Erchonia. It’s truly a laser unlike what most practitioners are using which are LED (Light Emitting Diode) devices. What’s the difference? Penetration into the tissues is the difference. Lasers are much better since all the photons of light are going in one direction and there is much less scattering of the light like you would have in an LED device.
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.
All I can tell you is the PL Touch LLLT works like nothing I’ve ever seen before and the price tag on the device is about four times higher as LED LLLT systems, but it’s totally worth it.
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 not nearly as much as a laser based system. These systems then compensate by cranking up the power. They’re basically ‘expensive flashlights’, but since they’re putting out red light they have theraputic value. They just don’t have the depth of penetration which hampers what they can do. 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 it’s 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. The PL Touch has four lasers which are converted into lines with some optics. Each line is only 0.0075 Watts . Seems like nothing since it’s like 10,000 times less energy than a 100 Watt light bulb. How could that possibly do anything? Well I agree with you, but it does amazing things for human tissue.
The simplest example is I can touch a tender area on someone and often within five minutes of LLLT on that spot, it’s a lot less tender afterwards. How? I can’t give you a good explanation. But I can’t argue with the changes I’ve seen on treating people with almost any type of pain or swelling.
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.
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.