LASER stands for Light Amplification through Stimulated Emission of Radiation. A laser beam travels only in one direction and is monochromatic with its photons (little packets of energy) which are all identical in size, traveling equidistant in time and space.
Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) or Cold Laser Therapy is used clinically for over 30 years. It utilizes specific wavelengths of light to interact with tissues and helps to accelerate the healing process. The ability of lasers to cut, cauterize and destroy tissue is well known. This same or similar lasers at lower powers can nonthermally and non-destructively alter cellular function. This phenomenon, known as laser biostimulation, is the basis for the current use of lasers. It is found beneficial in treating a variety of articular, neural and soft tissue conditions. The FDA has cleared the use of low-level Laser Therapy for increasing local blood circulation, relief of minor muscle aches and joint aches, pain and stiffness, relaxation of muscles, muscle spasm and minor pain and stiffness associated with arthritis.
A variety of names has been used to describe the same type of low-level laser, like biostimulation, low energy, low reactive, low intensity, soft and/or cold laser. In current practice, LLLT uses low output levels (15100 mW), short treatment times (10-240 seconds), and low energy levels (1-4 J/cm2).
LLLT is relatively a safe procedure. Due to the low level, nonthermal nature of the laser, there is no tissue destruction or other hazards that you would find associated with the higher-powered lasers. At Optimum Rehab, we make sure that you get back to your normal pain-free life by making use of individualized treatment plans along with these therapies. Make an appointment today at our Optimum Rehab offices in New York City, Wall Street, Upper East Side, or Astoria to start your rehab.