LED and Cold Laser Treatment
A new and pioneering method of treatment for reducing pain and inflammation and enhancing tissue repair is a proprietary device that uses Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) called THOR. It is used for point treatment on a specific area on the body. At Holgistic, patients will also have access to NovoTHOR®, a similar device designed for full-body treatment.
Point Treatment – THOR; Using light under controlled conditions, LLLT increases cellular energy and reduces oxidative stress. These effects have been tested in more than 400 clinical trials and thousands of laboratory studies. They have been published in many leading journals including the British Medical Journal, The Lancet, the International Association for the Study of Pain, the World Health Organization, the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer, the European Society for Medical Oncology and others. At Holgistic, applied by a doctor, therapist or technician, LLLT treatments typically take 1-10 minutes two or more times a week.
LLLT is recommended as a non-invasive treatment for acute, subacute and chronic low back pain, frozen shoulder and myofascial pain syndrome, Achilles tendinitis, acute or chronic neck pain and other forms of musculoskeletal pain.
The three main areas with good evidence are:
Soft Tissue Injuries
Back and Neck Pain
LLLT (or Photobiomodulation Therapy which is the best technical term) is a laser or LED light therapy that improves tissue repair (skin wounds, muscle, tendon, bone, nerves), reduces inflammation and reduces pain wherever the beam is applied. LLLT works predominately on a protein in mitochondria (cytochrome c oxidase) to increase ATP and reduce oxidative stress. A cascade of mitochondrial and intracellular downstream effects lead to improved tissue repair and reduced inflammation.