Marilyn Mitchell, DVM
Animal Adjustment
“Healing Adjustments & Laser Therapy”
Two amazing technologies that stimulate the body to heal.
Low Level Light Therapy
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Low Level Laser Therapy, commonly known as LLLT or Cold Laser Therapy, is a form of phototherapy which involves the application of low power coherent light to injuries and lesions to stimulate healing. Light energy has been used for healing since the earliest recorded medical history.  Low level laser therapy is used to increase the speed, quality and tensile strength of tissue repair, resolve inflammation, increase range of motion and give pain relief.  Low level laser therapy is a major advancement in healing and is rewriting the medical books on what is possible for chronic injuries, pain management, neurological impairment, and facilitating the healing process in disease conditions. 


 How does Low Level Laser Therapy work?

The basic premise is that low level laser therapy stimulates cell activation processes which, in turn, intensify physiologic activity. Healing is essentially a cellular process and light energy initiates a cascade of reactions, from the cell membrane to the cytoplasm, to the nucleus and DNA. This is called cellular amplification; a phenomenon whose demonstration earned the Nobel Prize in Physiology of Medicine in 1994.

There are many biological processes that take place in tissues that have been shown to respond to low level laser therapy in the 630-640 nanometer wavelength range. One of these processes is the enhancement of ATP production in the mitochondria, which provides more energy substrate for cellular healing and tissue recovery post-injury. This wavelength has also been shown to decrease inflammatory mediators in wounds and increase endogenous endorphin release.

The effects of low level laser therapy are photochemical (cold), not thermal. Hot lasers in the medical world are used for surgical precision while cold lasers are used for healing precision. During treatment of the tissue with the 635 nm laser, an interaction between cells and photons takes place - a photochemical reaction. Photons from the laser affect the tissue at the cellular level. The low level laser enters the tissue, alters cell membrane permeability, and at the cellular level is absorbed in the mitochondria. The mitochondria are the “Powerhouse” of the cells and make ATP which is needed for the life enhancement process of every cell.  

These physiological changes affect macrophages, fibroblasts, endothelial cells, mast cells, bradykinin, nerve conduction rates and the energy communication pathways throughout the fascial network. The energy transferred to the cell can increase its kinetic energy, and activate or deactivate enzymes or alter physical or chemical properties of macromolecules.

Research has shown that the cells in the body actually communicate with each other through coherent light (laser). With our Erchonia laser specific pulsations (hertz) can be programmed with the laser frequency allowing the practitioner to talk “cell talk” with the body. Specific pulsations have been shown to create different physiological responses of the cell. This is extremely important when working with a variety of injury and disease conditions to promote healing.