Chiropractor Meridian ID Spencer Zimmerman Low Level Laser Therapy – What Is It And What It May Help

Looking for a different approach other than medications to improve brain function and reduce pain? Contact our Meridian ID chiropractic clinic today to learn more.

If so, millions are in the same boat as pharmaceutical treatment for brain based conditions: concussion, traumatic brain injury, stroke, autism, ADHD, Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s is severely lacking.

Many are finding answers and seeing progress when they add in low level laser therapy as part of their plan. We are going to start out by discussing what exactly is low level laser therapy, how it works, and how it can be part of a care plan to jump start your results.


WHAT IS LOW LEVEL LASER THERAPY IN MERIDIAN ID?

Low level laser therapy (aka LLLT) is a form of photobiomodulation. Photo refers to light, bio refers to biology or function, and modulation refers to how light can change or improve biological function.

There are many devices that emit light, such as ones that have LED diodes, but this isn’t LLLT. While there are some overlaps there are also differences.

The color of light is different based upon the wavelength. With LLLT the most common colors are red, violet, and green. Red is the one that has been used the most, but green and violet are showing great promise. Many providers who have used red for years are seeing results utilizing green and violet together that they weren’t seeing before.


HOW DOES LLLT WORK?

When this question is understood, then the potential of what it may be used for in the next session will make complete sense.

When we look at the deepest level of LLLT it seems that it works on the mitochondria, these are the energy producers of the cell (4). The majority of the benefits that we will discuss are as a result of the mitochondria improving in function.

Below is a diagram of benefits seen with LLLT with a focus on the brain.

As you will see there are many benefits just for the brain, but more could be listed for other parts of the body.

We will take this information and apply it to conditions and symptoms that may benefit with LLLT.


WHAT CAN LLLT HELP

If we think about conditions in which we need to reduce brain inflammation, improve blood flow, support brain cells, and drive improved connections then there are numerous things that may be helped.

When we look through the research there is support for traumatic brain injuries, concussion, autism, stroke, parkinson’s, alzheimer’s, and even mental health labels such as depression and anxiety (1,2,3,4).

This is very promising and deserves significantly more research and funding to identify how different wavelengths may be utilized to promote the best results.


GETTING THE MOST OUT OF LLLT

You need to make sure that you are set up for success. Asking the right questions and utilizing the right approach is the difference between an acceptable success rate and an excellent rate.

There are two important questions that should be asked when looking to utilize any therapy.

  1. Why is this therapy being used?
  2. Is now the right time to get the most out of this therapy?
  3. Can this be done on its own or does it need to be used in conjunction with other therapies to get optimal results.

We make sure each of these questions are answered before we start care. We help to identify what is truly going on and what it takes to get the most out of care.

We don’t take shortcuts, because doing so results in a shotgun approach when you deserve an individualized approach that is specifically tailored to your needs. For general information about laser therapy and how it can benefit you, visit our page on low level laser therapy.

If you’d like our help contact our team today to get started.

REFERENCES:

  1. Cardoso, F. D. S., Salehpour, F., Coimbra, N. C., Gonzalez-Lima, F., & Gomes da Silva, S. (2022). Photobiomodulation for the treatment of neuroinflammation: A systematic review of controlled laboratory animal studies. Frontiers in neuroscience, 16, 1006031. https://doi.org/10.3389/fnins.2022.1006031
  2. Hamblin M. R. (2018). Photobiomodulation for traumatic brain injury and stroke. Journal of neuroscience research, 96(4), 731–743. https://doi.org/10.1002/jnr.24190
  3. Hamilton, C., Liebert, A., Pang, V., Magistretti, P., & Mitrofanis, J. (2022). Lights on for Autism: Exploring Photobiomodulation as an Effective Therapeutic Option. Neurology International, 14(4), 884–893. https://doi.org/10.3390/neurolint14040071
  4. Salehpour, F., Mahmoudi, J., Kamari, F., Sadigh-Eteghad, S., Rasta, S. H., & Hamblin, M. R. (2018). Brain Photobiomodulation Therapy: a Narrative Review. Molecular neurobiology, 55(8), 6601–6636. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12035-017-0852-4