How Cold Lasers and Other Light Therapy Devices Help You to Stay Healthy

Low level lasers and other light emitting diode (LED) devices are common modalities used by a variety of specialties including: dermatology, chiropractic, neurology, veterinary, acupuncture, pain management, and burn centers.

Low level laser therapy (LLLT) is known by many names. Cold laser therapy, phototherapy, light therapy, and color therapy are the most common. All of these names include treatment from a device that does not burn, cut or injure tissue as a hot laser, or surgery laser would. Light therapy continues to be considered a safe, non-invasive therapeutic modality with minimal risk of side effects, or contraindication.

So far, peer-reviewed research has identified low level light therapy as being able to assist in the following:

· Stimulate peripheral nerve regeneration

· Improve vision in patients with macular degeneration

· Accelerate tissue repair with wound healing

· Treat exercise-induced mitochondrial dysfunction or skeletal muscular fatigue

· Improve venous leg ulcers

· Reduce pain in orthodontics

· Accelerate bone repair after fracture

· Promote ATP production in the nervous system

· Provide a significant long-term functional neurological benefit

The previously mentioned benefits are but a fraction of over 32,000 indexed research papers from the U.S. National Library of Medicine in regards to “laser therapy.” Although there is debate as to how low level laser therapy affects our body, many researchers compare the process to photosynthesis in plants. It is generally accepted that the mitochondria (the energy producing part of the cell) is most receptive to the light therapy.

J. T. Eells, et al. from the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Medical College of Wisconsin, have demonstrated that red light irradiation “has been shown to increase electron transfer in purified cytochrome oxidase, increase mitochondrial respiration and ATP synthesis in isolated mitochondria, and up-regulate cytochrome oxidase activity in cultured neuronal cells.”

Additionally, these researchers explain that the mitochondrially generated reactive oxygen may function as a way for the molecules within the cell to communicate more effectively between the mitochondria, cytosol, and nucleus.

Low level light therapy has effectively shown to be safe, non-invasive modality that is beneficial to cellular communication and accelerated healing in a variety of conditions and illnesses.

Dr. Chase Hayden, DC, QN is a holistic doctor that incorporates quantum neurology rehabilitation, functional endocrinology, chiropractic and functional nutrition in his practice. He is the owner of The Hayden Institute in Houston, TX where his general practice sees patients with a variety of symptoms and conditions including: menopause, PMS, epilepsy, thyroid imbalance, chronic pain, fibromyalgia, sports enhancement, and more through the use of complementary and alternative approaches. He is happily married and currently has two children. For more information regarding Dr. Chase Hayden and his services, please visit

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