Thor Laser Therapy

 

INTRODUCTION:

THOR has over 3,000 customers in pioneering  clinics and hospitals in more than 70 countries and is the only company  with FDA, CE, TGA, Health Canada and NATO clearance. Since 1993 THOR has  built an unprecedented and unparalleled Research and Development  pedigree with many of the world's leading Universities. Around the world  these animal and human healthcare professionals have published over 400  Randomised Controlled Trials using LED and 3b Laser devices and over  4,000 publications altogether.


What is LLLT (low level laser therapy)?


LLLT  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. Usually applied by a doctor,  therapist or technician, treatments typically take 1 - 10 minutes and  should be applied two or more times a week BUT MAY VARY

How it works?

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. Pubmed refs

How much is enough, how much is too much?

There  is a dose response: not enough power density and there is no effect,  too much and there can be inhibitory effects which can slow down healing  and lose the anti-inflammatory effects.

The analgesic mechanism

This  depends on an LLLT overdose; Higher power density LLLT >300mW/cm²  reduces ATP production in C fibres and A delta fibres resulting in an  immediate neural blockade lasting up to approx 24 hr.

So there are actually TWO kinds of LLLT ?

Yes,  high power density is necessary for analgesia and deep tissue targets,  low power density (< 100mW/cm²) is necessary to promote healing and  reduce inflammation in superficial wounds, tendons and joints (the  target is the synovia not the joint). THOR do both high and low power  density for best healing, deep penetration and analgesia. Read more  about class IV lasers, 3B lasers, LEDs and dose here

In the last 8 years seven systematic reviews have found in favour of LLLT

BMJ  LLLT for chronic non-specific low back pain: a systematic review and  meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials found "moderate quality of  evidence" and "clinically important benefits" in the short term. (2016)

BMJ  sports medicine journal, systematic review of surgical and conservative  interventions for frozen shoulder found "strong evidence" for LLLT.  (2010)

The International Association for the Study of  Pain (Global Task force on musculoskeletal pain) found "strong evidence"  for Low Level Laser Therapy on myofascial pain syndrome. (2010)

The BMJ clinical evidence recommendations for tennis elbow 2011 now include LLLT click here
American Physical Therapy Association guidelines recommend LLLT for Achilles tendonitis. (2010)

Lancet  systematic review: "LLLT reduces pain immediately after treatment in  acute neck pain and up to 22 weeks after completion of treatment in  patients with chronic neck pain". (2009)

World Health  Organisation (Bone and Joint Task Force) for neck pain Low Level Laser  Therapy "more effective than no treatment, sham, or alternative  interventions" (2008)

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