High-Intensity Laser Therapy (HILT)
What is Laser Therapy?
Laser is an infrared form of focused light that penetrates the skin to heal tissue at the cellular level, decrease inflammation, and improve fluid flow which restores function while reducing pain. Photo-biomodulation is laser light therapy which is cell stimulation by monochromatic light photons which increases white blood cells, activates stem cells, and repairs damages tissue through the regenerative process of ATP production.
What Conditions does it treat?
HILT can be used for most all acute conditions, as well as countless chronic conditions. For example:
- Pain due to acute muscle injury
- Postoperative pain
- Trigeminal neuralgia
- Wound repair
- Bactericidal effects
- Chronic lumbar radiculopathy
- Low Back Pain
- Shoulder Pain
- Knee Pain
- Sports Injuries
- Neck Pain
- Disc Issues
- Tendonitis & Tendonosis
- Foot & Ankle Conditions
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Fibromyalgia-related pain
- Musculoskeletal back pain
- Neuropathic pain
How Does it Improve my Condition?
Laser improves blood flow and range of motion, heals tissue naturally by light, plus reduces pain and inflammation
The laser’s energy is absorbed through the Chromophore in the cells and then it rises ATP production which then creates increased white blood cells and the bodies overall healing energy. In the area of treatment, the laser will increase metabolic rate which helps pull healthy nutrients to the damaged area. Also, more oxygen and blood flow is circulated to that area creating the optimal healing environment. High Dose Laser Therapy will accelerate your body to heal 300 times faster than normal. This is why it is important to heal your condition and get you back to your daily life and activities.
This process leads to:
Increased metabolic activity
Accelerated cell reproduction and growth
Stimulation of nerve regeneration
Improved vascular activity
Enhanced ATP(adenosine triphosphate) production
Increased Protein Synthesis
Increased wound healing.
How Many Treatments Should I Expect?
Chronic 3 times a week for 4 weeks for total of 12 visits. Acute 4 treatments a week for 2 weeks for a total of 8 visits. It is imperative to commit to multiple treatments a week, if someone can only commit to one treatment a week then it’s not going to provide what they need.
How Long is Treatment?
Treatment lasts anywhere from 3 minutes to 20 minutes.
Can such a short treatment time really be effective for my condition?
Therapeutic lasers are defined by their wavelength. Ideal effects on human tissue occur at approximately 650 nm – 1100 nm. The high-intensity level laser wavelength used ensures a good ratio between penetration and absorption in the tissue. This means the amount of power a laser can use can safely reduce therapy time in half! Typical treatment times range from 3 to 20 minutes based on the size and regions being treated.
Are there Contraindications?
There are only 4 absolute contraindications to laser therapy: Direct eye exposure, pregnancy, cancerous tumors, and reproductive organ exposure.
What is Class IV laser therapy and how does it differ from High-intensity level laser therapy?
Class IV laser therapy:
Its limited output, which penetrates roughly 1/5-inch, makes it optimal for wound healing and treatment of superficial chronic or acute pain, soft tissue, and repetitive strain injuries, as well as neurological and joint conditions. Multiple low-dose intervals may be necessary to achieve the desired healing. And because the class IV laser therapy can only reach shallow depths into the tissue, you may need something more powerful for treating conditions of the bone, discs, muscles, and nerves.
High-intensity laser therapy is unique in that you can choose the correct wavelength to allow deep tissue penetration. It can penetrate up to 3 inches below the skin. This results in a natural process of energy transfer known as biostimulation and photomechanical effect which significantly speeds up healing and tissue regeneration. It is a powerful tool for acute pain management.
The wavelength is important because higher wavelengths have reduced absorption of the laser beam by melanin, oxyhemoglobin and hemoglobin, thereby allowing deeper penetration into the soft tissue and muscle. With more powerful lasers, which also function at longer wavelengths, HILT devices can effectively stimulate larger tissue areas while also penetrating more deeply into the soft tissue.