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3LT / Low Level Laser

Let there be light!

What is 3LT?

3LT stands for Low Level Light Therapy (LLLT).  3LT is also known as photobiomodulation.  When light is administered over a tissue, cells absorb this light energy and it begins a cascade of changes intracellularly.  In a nutshell, 3LT increases circulation and decreases inflammation.  Most injuries or areas of chronic pain benefit from these changes alone.  Because Opti-Balance uses a programmable laser, specific cellular changes can be targeted to enhance recovery.

How does 3LT work?

Mitochondria are thought to be the main photoreceptors of light therapy.  Increases in adenosine triphosphate (ATP), reactive oxygen species, intracellular calcium, and nitric oxide release are some of the changes that occur.  These events can then lead to protective and reparative cellular activities.

What is involved in 3LT treatment?

3LT treatments are usually delivered twice per week, and most commonly last approximately 10 to 15 minutes.  Most patients respond in four to 20 treatments.  In some cases, a maintenance schedule may be indicated.

Is 3LT safe?

3LT is non-invasive, non-toxic and non-thermal.  It has no reported adverse effects.

What is 3LT used for?

Virtually anything!  3LT is mainly used for improving tissue repair and managing pain and inflammation.  While sports injuries respond well, 3LT is also being used for degenerative problems.  Strong evidence was found for using 3LT to treat frozen shoulder (BMJ Sports Medicine Journal: 2010).  Other studies are looking at regeneration and repair in the central and peripheral nervous systems.  Cognitive improvements are reported for stroke recovery, traumatic brain injury and Alzheimer’s disease. [Ref. Role of Low Level Laser Therapy in Neurorehabilitation, Javad T. Hashmi MD, et al.; PM&R 2010 Dec. 2010 (12 Supplement 2); US National Library of medicine, National Institute of Health.]

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