What is low-level light therapy?
Low level light therapy is a form of photobiomodulation. Photobiomodulation, is essentially the translation of light energy into cellular energy. This is done through the application of specific wavelengths of light to the skin using LED lights (Light emitting diodes). The energy from the light is processed in the powerhouses of the cell called mitochondria. In the mitochondria, there is an important enzyme called cytochrome C oxidase. Certain wavelengths of light trigger this enzyme to locally increase ATP (The energy molecule in our body). Light therapy also increases nitric oxide. This chemical dilates the blood vessels and restores blood flow, where blood supply may be limited. The increase in blood supply aids in healing of wounds, improving circulation, reducing pain and reducing inflammation.
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What Conditions has low-level light therapy been used to treat?
- Hair loss
- Leg Ulcers
- Memory impairment
- MRSA infections
- Multiple sclerosis
- Sports Injury
- Ischemic stroke
- Weight loss
- Wound healing
There are case studies and small clinical trials in the literature that support the use of low-level light therapy for the conditions listed above. We have references for each of these conditions available in our office, if interested in more details. Low level light therapy and photobiomodulation is still an evolving field. The therapy is non-invasive and has minimal side effects.
What device and form of Low-level light therapy is used at the Center for Holistic Medicine?
The LS pro systems device is used at the Center for Holistic Medicine.
This device uses three frequencies:
- Near infrared 880 nm +/- 10 nm in the non-visible light spectrum
- 660 nm Red +/- 10 in the red visible light spectrum
- 465 nm Blue +/- 10 in the blue visible light spectrum.
These frequencies have been well studied in the literature to be supportive of cellular healing. A Low level Pulsed Electromagnetic Frequency (PEMF) light pad is available for those interested in this therapy. PEMF can have the added benefit of restoring cellular membrane charge in some individuals.
In addition, the LS pro device was designed to be used with mild hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Mild hyperbaric oxygen therapy is available at the Center for Holistic Medicine. Low level light therapy can be targeted and placed at the site an injury to increase blood supply, while the hyperbaric therapy increases oxygenation to the damaged tissues. This may rapidly improve recovery time in some sports injuries. For more information about the LS pro low-level light therapy system, visit the company website at www.lsprosystems.com.
How long does a session last and how many treatments will I need?
Low level light therapy sessions can last anywhere from 20-40 minutes. These treatments are recommended 2-3 times per week for 2-4 weeks. Consistent treatments are required for optimal results. This treatment can be coupled with acupuncture, hyperbaric oxygen and frequency specific microcurrent therapy.
What are the side effects?
Most individuals experience no side effects from the treatments that they receive. There are also no long-term side effects known to light therapy. Some individuals can experience a mild detoxification reaction when first receiving a treatment. This can include mild aches and fatigue. This reaction typically resolves within a few hours. If you experience this, you will be encouraged to hydrate well. You can also use over the counter and prescriptive anti-inflammatories if necessary. After two sessions of low-level light therapy, this side effect is unlikely to recur.
Who should not receive Low level light therapy?
- Women who are pregnant
- Those who are taking drugs that are known to cause sensitivity to light
- If there is a suspicious or cancerous lesion
- Recent steroid injection or topical steroids applied to treatment area
What does the treatment feel like?
Most people do not experience pain or discomfort with a treatment. Clients have reported a sense of relaxation and warmth to the area being treated.
How much does a session of low-level light therapy cost?
This treatment modality is used in isolation or in conjunction with other therapeutic modalities used at our facility. LLLT alone is charged based on duration and frequency of treatment.
- One-hour initial consultation with treatment included. $175
- 2 sessions per week- $150
- 3 sessions per week -$200
Can I purchase a device?
Yes. We can arrange for the purchase of the LS pro device for home use. Brochures are available in our office. You can also visit www.lsprosystems.com to learn more about pricing for these devices.