Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT)

Microlight ML830 Low Level Laser

The patented ML830 laser is manufactured by Microlight and there is a lot of buzz about this company. The ML830 is the first IIIB laser with FDA clearance to market low-level laser therapy (‘LLLT’) for the non-surgical treatment of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. The company also has FDA clearance on other LLLT devices for temporary relief of minor muscle and joint pain and stiffness, and arthritis. The product comes in 2 versions, an AC powered console and a battery power handheld unit. This laser is designed for trigger point therapy versus broad tissue treatment. Cold laser like the ML830 can successfully treat a number of health conditions. There is a growing body of knowledge based on successfully clinical studies that prove that cold lasers like the ML830 can be to accelerate healing and recovery times.

The ML830 gets its name from the fact that the design is based on a wavelength of 830nm (GaAIAs).The emitter of the ML830 has a power level and coverage that allows for a penetration capacity of approximately 5cm covering an area of about 3cm. This is over double the tissue penetration of an a HeNe (632nm) laser. As a class IIIB laser, the ML830 can be purchased without the need for a doctor’s prescription.

The ML830 was used in several clinical studies including on at GM. General Motors had serious problems with Corpal Tunnel Syndrome among its workers. GM conducted a 36-week double-blind study, using the ML830® to see if non-invasive therapy would help. The study was based on 166 afflicted GM workers. Those treated with the ML830 laser showed significant improvement in grip strength and range of motion when compared to other GM workers who were treated with placebo lasers. In addition, a prominent medical school in Houston conducted a similar double-blind study on Corpal Tunnel Syndrome in 1998 and that study showed a 70% improvement among those patients in the active group.

What is Cold Laser Therapy?

Cold laser therapy is a relatively new technology (30 years old) when compared to acupuncture which has been used since 8000-3500 B.C. Just like the abacus evolved into the computer, slowly needles are evolving into light. Recent innovations in low-level lasers now make it possible for the average physician or consumer to own cold laser equipment. Cold lasers are sometimes called Low Level Lasers (LLL) or soft lasers.

In general, cold lasers can be used in 2 distinct ways:

  • Targeting acupuncture trigger points (similar to acupuncture but without the needles)
  • Broad coverage of deep tissue with laser photons to stimulate changes in the tissue

Cold Laser therapy offers a non-intrusive option to acupuncture and surgery. It also provides a non-addicting treatment that eliminates the complications of long-term drug treatment programs. Cold laser are widely use for treatment of:

  • Acute and chronic pain
  • Ligament sprains
  • Muscle strain
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Tendonitis
  • Arthritis
  • Tennis elbow
  • Back pain
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia

Healing With Cold Lasers

The cold laser produces an impulse of light at a wavelength (approximate 900nm) that maximized the energy (in photons) at a desire depth, usually 10-13cm (4-5 inches) deep. This may be combined with other laser diode with a shorter wavelength (875nm) to add photons to the shallower levels of tissue. In addition, red light diode with a wavelength of 660nm may be used to add energy to even shallower levels of tissues.

The goal of laser therapy is to deliver light energy units from infrared laser radiation, called photons, to damaged cells. It is the consensus of experts is that photons absorbed by the cells through laser therapy stimulate the mitochondria to accelerate production of ATP. This biochemical increase in cell energy is used to transform live cells from a state of illness to a stable, healthy state.

Over 4000 studies have been conducted in recent years to validate the effectiveness of cold laser therapy. Cold lasers treatment systems may be cleared by the FDA.

Benefit of Cold Lasers

  • Easy to apply
  • Extremely safe
  • Non-Toxic
  • Non-Invasive
  • No side effects or pain
  • Cost effective for both the practitioner and patient
  • Highly effective in treating ailments (more than 90% efficacy)
  • Superior alternative to analgesics, NSAID’s and other medications
  • Reduces the need for surgery

General Therapeutic Laser Biological Effects

  • Increased Cell Growth: Laser photons accelerates cellular reproduction and growth.
  • Increased Metabolic Activity: Photons initiate a higher outputs of specific enzymes, greater oxygen and food particle loads for blood cells and thus greater production of the basic food source for cells, Adenosine Tri-Phosphate (ATP).
  • Faster Wound Healing: Cold laser photons stimulates fibroblast development and accelerates collagen synthesis in damaged tissue
  • Anti-Inflammatory Action: Laser photons reduce swelling caused by bruising or inflammation of joints resulting in enhanced joint mobility.
  • Increased Vascular Activity: Laser photons induce temporary vasodilation that increases blood flow to effected areas.
  • Reduced Fibrous Tissue Formation:Laser photons reduce the formation of scar tissue following tissue damage from: cuts, scratches, burns or post surgery.
  • Stimulated Nerve Function: Laser photon exposure speeds the process of nerve cell reconnection to bring the numb areas back to life.

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