Did you know that Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) can be used for pain relief and the treatment of cold sores and ulcers?
It is best to book at the first sign of a tingle, and we can perform a simple, painless Low Level Laser Therapy on the area in an easy 20 minute session. Typically, you will need one to two sessions. Treating a cold sore (at the first sign) using LLLT generally means it will not emerge and not occur in that area again.
For the scientifically minded, Low Level Laser Therapy or Photobiomodulation Therapy which is the best technical term, is the application of red and near infra-red light over injuries or lesions to improve wound and soft tissue healing, reduce inflammation and give relief for both acute and chronic pain. The treatment has been around since 1967.
LLLT is used to: increase the speed, quality and tensile strength of tissue repair; resolve inflammation and relieve pain (analgesia).
The red and near infrared light (600nm-1000nm) commonly used in LLLT can be produced by laser or high intensity LEDs. The intensity of LLLT lasers and LED’s is not high like a surgical laser.
The effects of LLLT are photochemical (like photosynthesis in plants). When the correct intensity and treatment times are used, red and near infrared light reduces oxidative stress. This improves cell metabolism and reduces inflammation. These effects can be enhanced with pulses however, when analgesia is required there is a second mechanism which works best when a strong continuous beam is applied.
At Enhance we believe in providing the best care for our patients.
Using this revolutionary technology to heal ulcers, cold sores and ultimately relieve pain for our patients is immensely satisfying. We pride ourselves on providing treatment options to patients that may not be found elsewhere.