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.