Low Level Laser Therapy (Cold Laser)
Since the inception of cold lasers in 1960, low-level laser therapy (LLLT) has been utilized in many studies and medical settings for a variety of conditions. Cold Laser Therapy has been clinically shown to increase mitochondria production in cells, helping to increase healthy cellular activity and decrease inflammation. When the cold laser is utilized as a transcranial (through the skull) therapy, we see an increase in brain activation to the targeted areas.
What Is Cold Laser Therapy
Instead of generating a thermal effect, LLLT acts by inducing a photochemical reaction in the cell, a process referred to as biostimulation or photobiomodulation. Photobiology works on the principle that, when the light hits certain molecules called chromophores, the photon energy causes electrons to be excited and jump from low-energy orbits to higher-energy orbits. In human bodies, this stored energy can be used by the system to perform various cellular tasks.
Low-Level laser therapy has been clinically applied around the world for a spectrum of disorders requiring healing, regeneration, and prevention of tissue death after a stroke or traumatic brain injury (TBI). Red or near-infrared light penetrates tissue and is absorbed by mitochondrial chromophores leading to increased cellular respiration, more ATP synthesis, modulation of oxidative stress, and nitric oxide production that together lead to activation of signaling pathways and gene transcription.
Cold Laser Therapy Benefits
The benefits of low level laser therapy for brain injuries are twofold:
Boosting Cellular Metabolism:
Through the process of photobiomodulation, cold laser therapy can provide a significant boost to the energy efficiency and metabolism of cells. For many of our patients with neurological deficits, we can direct the cold lasers to the specific lobes of the brain or parts of the brain stem that are underfunctioning. This has been shown to increase neuronal activity and upregulate those areas of the neuraxis that have been damaged.
The cascade of neuroinflammation that results from multiple head traumas is a major obstacle to healing. Cold laser therapy has been shown to reduce inflammation in the brain, as well as in the GI tract and joints.
Conditions That Benefit From Cold Laser Therapy
– Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
– Post Concussion Syndrome (PCS)
– Other neurodegenerative disorders
Cold Laser Therapy Treatment
At Revive, we use cold laser and different forms of transcranial LED therapies to affect photobiomodulation of the cells within the brain. We also utilize intranasal cold lasers to be able to affect the frontal lobes, specifically. We do this in conjunction with other therapies to help drive a more substantial effect and be able to get more overall activation of different regions of the brain.
You can use it more topically, or you can use it more deeply to stimulate the deeper neuronal structures and deeper cellular structures for optimal function and rehabilitation. We tend to use it more for areas of the brain that need levels of support. So if we can get specific in the area of the brain that’s functioning poorly because of injury or stroke, then we’ll guide and focus our low level laser therapy there.
Where Can I Get Cold Laser Therapy
Cold Laser Device
LLLT uses low-powered laser light in the range of 1-1000 mW, at wavelengths from 632-1064 nm, to stimulate a biological response. These lasers emit no heat, sound, or vibration. If you’re working in the red, infrared, or near infrared spectrums, those are typically activating chromophores or particular receptors in the cells that generate more energy production. They tend to stimulate ATP production, which is like the fuel source for the cells to be able to optimize their function.
Cold Laser Therapy in Clinical Research
Low-level light therapy for enhancement of neurologic function
Role of Low-Level Laser Therapy in Neurorehabilitation
APPLICATION OF LOW REACTIVE-LEVEL LASER THERAPY (LLLT) IN THE FUNCTIONAL TRAINING OF CEREBRAL PALSY PATIENTS
Reduced axonal transport in Parkinson’s disease cybrid neurites is restored by light therapy
Low-level laser therapy ameliorates disease progression in a mouse model of multiple sclerosis