Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT)
The FDA-Approved Way to Reduce Pain, Inflammation, and So Much More
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At Imagine X Functional Neurology, we use a variety of tools to enhance our patients' recovery. One particularly stand-out treatment that we offer is the FDA-approved Erchonia Low Level Light Therapy (LLLT), also known as Cold Laser or Photobiomodulation. Nearly every patient we introduce the treatment to has asked 'What does this do?', so let us beat you to the punch. Keep reading below... 
804 Anacapa Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
805-962-1988
How LLLT Works

Low Level Light Therapy was introduced in the 1960’s and has since had over 4000 research papers done on its efficacy and mechanism. A paper titled The Use of Low Level Laser Therapy For Musculoskeletal Pain, published in 2015, has a really great synopsis. It states 'For over forty years, low level laser therapy (LLLT) and Light Emitting Diode (LED) therapy has been shown to reduce inflammation and edemainduce analgesia, and promote healing in a range of musculoskeletal pathologies'.


Every cell in the human body is covered with receptors. Certain triggers hit these receptors telling them what actions to perform. Insulin tells cells to pull in energy, Acetylcholine tells muscles to contract, and specific wavelengths of light have their own mechanisms. Deep within each and every cell lies a cellular organ structure known as the mitochondria. The role of the mitochondria is to convert food into useable energy. That energy is then used by the cell to run all its daily functions.

Things LLLT Can Help

Specific wavelengths of light used in Low Level Light Therapy can upregulate mitochondria, thus giving cells more energy to assist in their fundamental repair functions and wound healing. Another notable effect is an increase in Nitric Oxide production, a molecule that signals arteries to expand andincrease blood flow. Through this mechanism it can help to reduce swelling and pain. Lastly, Low Level Light Therapy has been shown to increase fibroblast activity, cells that build collagen thus aiding in treatment of instability and other pain syndromes.
The paper concludes that 'overall positive short term clinical studies, in addition to strong laboratory studies, should give the clinical confidence that LLLT may be beneficial for many individuals suffering from musculoskeletal pain, regardless of the cause'. However, positive trials have been conducted with 'acute orthopedic conditions such as 

  • sprains, 
  • strains, 
  • post-surgical pain, 
  • whiplash injury, 
  • muscular back pain, 
  • cervical or lumbar radiculopathy, 
  • tendonitis
  • chronic conditions such as osteoarthritis, 
  • rheumatoid arthritis, 
  • frozen shoulder, 
  • neck and back pain, 
  • headaches,
  • migraines,
  • post-concussion symptoms,
  • epicondylitis, 
  • carpal tunnel syndrome, 
  • tendinopathy, 
  • fibromyalgia, 
  • plantar fasciitis, 
  • post tibial fracture surgery and 
  • chronic regional pain syndrome. 
  • Dental conditions producing pain such as orthodontic procedures, 
  • dentine hypersensitivity, and 
  • third molar surgery respond well to treatment with LLLT. 
  • Neuropathic pain conditions can also be treated such as post herpetic neuralgia, 
  • trigeminal neuralgia, and
  • diabetic neuropathy.

How LLLT Has Helped Our Patients

Since adding Low Level Light Therapy into our treatments, our results and patient satisfaction have greatly improved. One notable case was a patient who after 40+ years of construction and multiple lower back surgeries, he was hesitant to do much manual treatment. However, the laser is extremely safe and non-invasive, and because of that he elected to have 8 treatments this last year. His pain reduction was significant and he was able to lower his daily medication intake
 

If you or anybody you know is suffering with pain, please let them know about this breakthrough technology and its variety of benefits!

How LLLT Can Significantly Help Migraine Patients

There are over 9,000 papers published on LLLT and new research shows that patients who receive LLLT for migraine have similar outcomes to those undergoing treatment involving toxic injections 💉 Our lasers are FDA approved and we’ve been utilizing this therapy in our offices for both the prevention and abortion of migraine.

LLLT precisely targets areas of the brain, reduces inflammation while promoting bio-stimulation at a cellular level in the areas of the symptoms' origination. LLLT does not produce heat and is completely painless. It works great with or without other treatments, but combined with our other treatments, it is a very powerful treatment for your brain.

Targeted Relief: Unlike invasive surgery, botox or prescription medications that can have harmful side effects on other organs in the body, LLLT's ability to precisely target and treat brain centers means the only action that occurs during treatment is the painless bio-stimulation of the affected areas.

Obvious Choice: At most facilities that offer LLLT, you'd be paying just for that alone. At our offices, we don't charge extra for LLLT! When combined with our migraine program, you get LLLT on-the-house. Our #1 goal is to get you feeling great again as quickly as possible using the most state-of-the-art treatments available.

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Dr. Adam Harcourt

DC, DACNB, FACFN, FABVR

Dr. Joshua Silver

DC, DACNB

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