Laser Therapy

What is Laser Therapy?

Cold Laser Therapy is a colloquial term for Photobiomodulation (PBM Therapy) previously known as Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT).

It is a light therapy using lasers or LEDs ( red light and near infrared light) to improve tissue repair, reduce pain and inflammation wherever the beam is applied. Treatments take about 10-15 minutes and should be applied two or more times a week.

PBM has been used for many years on sports injuries, arthritic joints, inflamed tendons, chronic pain syndromes (such as shingles), back and neck pain, as well as non-healing wounds such as venous and diabetic ulcers. Over 700 randomised clinical trials have been published on PBM, half of which are on pain. Please see links to research papers below if you are interested.

PBM also treats skin conditions such as Acne and can help rejuvenate cells. This has many applications from post surgery to reducing the effects of ageing. In recent years we are using it increasingly for sinus related problems, loss of smell/taste and lung infections ( after Covid infection).

The laser we use in our clinic has also been adopted by British and US military, Premier Division soccer teams, Olympic teams, Formula 1, rugby and cricket team therapists as well as specialist pain clinics in the UK.

How does it work?

Laser therapy supports the natural repair process in damaged tissue by affecting mitochondrial production of ATP and cell membrane permeability. Scientific evidence confirms that lower intensity is more effective for inflammation and healing. High intensity is however good for pain relief. We use both high and low intensity lasers / LEDs to improve tissue repair and nerve regeneration, as well as reduce swelling and pain.

Treatment is painless and quick, and most importantly PBM is very safe and has no side effects.

For further information please click on links below to research papers or videos.

Research Papers

Frozen Shoulder (PubMed)

Tennis Elbow (PubMed)

Low-level laser therapy for chronic non-specific low back pain: a meta-analysis of randomised controlled (PubMed)

Noninvasive Treatments for Acute, Subacute, and Chronic Low Back Pain: A Clinical Practice Guideline From the American College of Physicians (PubMed)

Efficacy of low-level laser therapy in the management of neck pain


Video links

PBM Sports injuries

THOR Low Level Laser Therapy LLLT Wound healing

Judith High MCSP Spire Hospital, Leeds on Department use of Low Level Laser Therapy LLLT

Mary Dyson interview 2010. How I got involved with low level laser / Light Therapy (LLLT) research

PBM for neck pain and headaches, after chemotherapy / oral mucositis, animals, OA and pain, smoking cessation, chronic pain and wound healing


Audio links

The Hard Question with BQ: Is Light Therapy the Future?


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