Laser Use in Acupuncture
We have started using Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) also called Photobiomodulation Therapy which accentuates the healing by repairing tissue, reducing inflammation and reduces pain. This is applied by a doctor, acupuncturist or therapist at least once a week, and more often for acute cases.
How does this work?
Photobiomodulation works predominately on a protein in mitochondria (cytochrome c oxidase) to increase ATP and reduce oxidative stress. A cascade of mitochondrial and intracellular downstream effects lead to improved tissue repair and reduced inflammation. Pubmed refs
The analgesic mechanism
This depends on an LLLT overdose; Higher power density LLLT >300mW/cm² reduces ATP production in C fibres and A delta fibres resulting in an immediate neural blockade lasting up to approx 24 hr. Pubmed refs
So there are actually TWO kinds of LLLT ?
Yes, high power density is necessary for analgesia and deep tissue targets, low power density (< 100mW/cm²) is necessary to promote healing and reduce inflammation in superficial wounds, tendons and joints (the target is the synovia not the joint). THOR do both high and low power density for best healing, deep penetration and analgesia.
For further reading, please refer to James Carroll – THOR Photomedicine CEO https://www.thorlaser.com/
This is more for the person that desires more information! The Use of Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) For Musculoskeletal Pain