LOW LEVEL LASER THERAPY – PHOTOBIOMODULATION THERAPY
• One of London’s leading and most experienced therapeutic laser centres
• Treatment accelerates healing, repair, regeneration and rejuvenation
• Evidence-based treatment without pain or side-effects
Low Level Lasers & Photobiomodulation Therapy
The remarkable effects of low level laser therapy have been well known in Medicine for over 40 years and Leigham Practice has been treating patients for over 23 years.
Also known as ‘cold laser’ as there is no thermal effect, treatment addresses the underlying causes of pain and illness on a fundamental level and here we explain why the term Low Level Laser Therapy is being changed to Photobiomodulation Therapy.
Ending the Opioid Epidemic
This video link shows James Carroll, CEO of Thor Lasers, speaking to the United States Congress in 2019 talking about ending the Opioid Epidemic. This is an updated presentation from the one he gave in front of the United Nations in New York in 2016.
This video gives a good explanation of how treatment works and the types of conditions it is being used to treat around the world.
Photobiomodulation therapy provides hope for those with severe conditions and can deliver immediate benefits and long-lasting improvements.
Therapy directly stimulates energy production in the body, stimulating biochemical processes, including those of healing and repair, and can be used for a wide variety of diseases including auto-immune disorders.
Despite the overwhelming evidence for the effect of low level lasers in research, a great deal of credibility of treatment came from sports science, where rapid healing and speedy recovery back to full fitness are critical to the athlete, club or team.
Therapy offers unrivalled advantages in the treatment of sports injuries where steroids, drugs or even surgery are being considered. Treatment can dramatically reduce recovery time, allowing fitness gains to be made more rapidly.
At Leigham Practice, we use low level lasers to treat a wide variety of injuries to nerve, bone, ligaments, tendons and muscle. We can also assist with poor wound healing, burns, ulceration and other conditions.
The medical journal The Lancet undertook an analysis of treatments for neck pain and that found there is no treatment in the world considered more effective, and this is just one meta-analysis.
For Arthritis and Bone Pain
Leigham Practice has been using low level lasers to treat joint pain and bone pain following injury or surgery without drugs or side effects for over 20 years.
Photobiomodulation stimulates cartilage cells to reproduce faster and so help to bring about improvements to arthritis on a fundamental level. It encourages bone healing and accelerates repair and regeneration.
Low level laser therapy may have started off in the treatment of diseases and trauma, but the fundamental effects of therapy to heal and repair were soon expanded to include ‘rejuvenation’.
At Leigham Practice, we offer a range of treatments for reversing the signs of ageing or to maintain a youthful appearance.
For Nerve Pain and Neuropathy
At Leigham Practice we understand the devastation that nerve pain and nerve damage can cause and have been treating a wide range of nerve conditions for many years.
Reassuringly, treatment is painless and without side effects for almost all problems, and can help many problems such as neuropathy, sciatic and trigeminal neuralgia, damage due to surgery and many more conditions.
Until fairly recently, low level lasers needed to be applied to small areas of skin over long periods of time, and since many skin conditions affect large areas of skin, treatment was not considered a viable option for skin problems.
Over the last few years, lasers and leds have improved in their efficiency and can now cover much larger areas in a reasonable time frame, meaning affordable care for psoriasis, eczema and many other skin conditions.
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What people say about us
“The low level laser treatment I had to my foot really seemed to work. After two sessions the pain I has experienced had almost entirely gone. Great service, a high degree of knowledge and long opening hours.”
“I highly recommend laser treatment I had with physiotherapist Anna! After having pain in my elbow for several months it is now almost gone. She also recognised my other condition and recommended a treatment. And a huge thank you to Gavin for sorting out my toe pain. I'm very happy with the service I received!”
“It’s rare to meet someone as passionate about your recovery than Gavin. His professionalism is second to none. I have had lots of light therapy for various running injuries and o pk articulately a disc problem in my back and the results were so impressive. Highly highly recommend.”
“Went in with a swollen foot that I couldn't walk on. The laser treatment and soft tissue massage had me back on my feet the next day and fully healed in a week. Would definitely recommend the Leigham Practice.”
“I have had plantar fasciitis for the last 6 months I went to see Gavin on the recommendation of my local GP, the results are amazing – totally better after 2 sessions. The laser treatment is absolutely incredible. I would recommend this anyone with sport or recurring injury where they have chronic pain.”
“Gavin is a really lovely person and he has been fantastic with my recovery from a wound I had on my tummy, which I'm sure started as an abscess and without Gavin help and support I'm not sure what state I would be in right now.”
“Both the laser and ultra sound treatments as well as the elbow massage were most effective. As anticipated, I'm already beginning to notice significant improvements going into week two.”
What is Photobiomodulation (PBM) Therapy?
Photobiomodulation is the effect of red or infrared light using low level lasers or monochromatic Light-Emitting Diodes (LEDs) to stimulate healing, repair, regeneration, and rejuvenation. ‘Photo’ refers to light, ‘bio’ refers to life and ‘modulation’ meaning to influence, stimulate or regulate. Photobiomodulation is a relatively recent term that has been agreed to be adopted to replace the term Low Level Laser Therapy.
What is Low Level Laser Therapy?
Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) is the application of very low levels of laser light to treat a vast range of health and medical problems. It is not new, and the effects have been well known in medical research and treatment for over 50 years. Treatment is given without pain or side effects and works by stimulating the body’s cells and biochemical pathways to speed up healing, repair and regeneration. LLLT should not be confused with ‘Laser Therapy’, which could mean any treatment where a laser is used, including more powerful/burning lasers. It is for this reason that in the United States, Canada and many other countries Low Level Laser Therapy are referred to as ‘Cold Lasers’ as the effects of are purely photochemical and not caused by heat.
What is the difference between Photobiomodulation and Low Level Laser Therapy?
Since the 1960s Low Level Lasers were the only type of light known to bring about the stimulation of healing and repair, so research papers only used the term Low Level Laser Therapy. However, in recent years, Light-Emitting Diodes (LEDs) have been developed that are ‘monochromatic’, meaning they have one pure colour – a quality of laser light. The LEDs, which are also of a ‘low level’ have been shown to have similar effects to low-level laser therapy, yet they are not strictly speaking ‘lasers’, so cannot correctly be called ‘low level laser therapy’. Since ‘Photobiomodulation’ is the correct term to describe what low-level lasers and LEDs actually do, an academic consensus has been agreed that the term Low Level Laser Therapy should be phased out and replaced with Photobiomodulation, though it is still useful to use the term Low Level Laser Therapy when searching for research papers and treatment.