Low level laser therapy

Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) is a delivery system for photonic energy in the form of light that the body can utilise to repair cells and tissues in order maintain health. The basic mechanism of LLLT is to optimise mitochondrial function. Mitochondria is a unit within the cell that produces ATP/energy  to support cell and body functions. As we age, mitochondrial number and function decline and this may predispose us for certain age- related diseases. Mitochondrial function may also be affected at younger age due to illness or injury.

LLLT is one of the well -researched therapies in PubMed, it is a non-invasive, non-toxic cold light therapy that aims to help the body to heal and promote well-being.

LLLT increases blood flow, regulates inflammation, reduces oxidative stress and softens scar tissue.

LLLT has been shown to be effective in the following conditions:

  • Sport injuries
  • Pain management
  • Inflammatory conditions
  • Autoimmune conditions
  • Dermatology
  • Tissue regeneration
  • Wound healing

There hasn’t been any negative side effects of LLLT reported in research studies.

 

In the clinic, LLT therapy can be used an addition to acupuncture or as an alternative in some cases. Low level laser therapy can be done in the wimpole st branch with Eva Stecz only

LLLT in Fertility:

 

Preliminary studies have shown promising results to optimise both female and male infertility with LLLT, however more clinical research is needed. A Japanese study used LLLT in women with low or undetectable AMH levels. Out of 188 patients treated, almost 56% reported pregnancy and 36% reported live births.

A study in Denmark showed 66% pregnancy rates in women having multiple failed IVF procedures.

It is worth noting that younger women don’t respond to LLLT as well as women with advanced fertility age unless there are other complications that are not directly related to age related poor egg quality.

Clients who would most benefit from LLLT:

  • Low ovarian reserve, Poor egg quality
  • Women with advanced reproductive age
  • Multiple implantation failures or miscarriages
  • Hormonal imbalances such as PCOS
  • Endometriosis
  • Painful Periods
  • Low sperm parameters especially motility

 

References:

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