Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) and the Perfect Menstrual Cycle
Many people wouldn’t think to put the words “perfect” and “period” into a sentence together. It is more common for menstrual cycles to have connotations of pain, discomfort, moodiness, fatigue, headaches, nausea and more.
Statistics show that 85% of women have at least one PMS symptom each month. But what most people don’t realize is that PMS is a sign of imbalance in the body; breast tenderness, irritability, cramping, and dark clotted blood are not normal, however prevalent and common they may be.
So what does a perfect period look like?
A healthy menstrual cycle should be every 26-35 days and consistent each month. The flow should be a fresh cranberry red and flow evenly from start to finish with no spotting before, and minimal spotting after. It should be free of pain and clotting and last from 3-7 days. If none of this sounds familiar to you, you may be suffering from a menstrual disorder. Many different factors can trigger menstrual disorders, such as hormone imbalances, genetic factors, clotting disorders, and pelvic diseases. For those of us suffering each month, low level laser therapy can bring some much needed relief.
Cold Laser Treatment
During a low level laser therapy (LLLT) treatment, the photons emitted by the laser array and probe are absorbed into the skin where it interacts with various intracellular biomolecules. One of the major effects of this chemical reaction is the increase in production of ATP, the body’s chemical form of energy. An increase in ATP results in improved cellular metabolism, DNA production, and cellular replication for replacement, regeneration, and repair of abnormal cells.
Low level laser therapy causes a host of physiological effects in the body such as the increased production and release of endorphins (the body’s natural analgesics), growth hormone (instrumental in tissue repair), increased protein synthesis (collagen and DNA production), venous and lymphatic flow, and increased angiogenesis (elevation of cellular oxygen saturation). In addition, it has been used to address hormone imbalances such as polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), insulin levels, androgens, estrogen, and progesterone, which can result in the interference of ovulation and the growth of ovarian cysts.
One of the biggest factors of a perfect period is blood circulation. An important function of the human body is the ability to regularly replace old and damaged cells with new and healthy ones, and poor blood flow to the uterus impairs the ability of cells to repair and regenerate. Poor blood circulation to the uterus and related reproductive organs has been shown to be a factor in causing infertility, miscarriage, irregular menstrual cycles, and painful periods. Constriction of the uterine blood vessels (caused by adhesions, inflammation, etc.) impedes blood flow and causes pain. Studies show that low level laser therapy improves microcirculation in areas of poor blood flow as well as immune response. Spotting, dark colored blood (such as brown or a purple-red), and clots are clear indications of poor blood flow to the uterus.
Menstrual cramps are caused by powerful chemicals called prostaglandins and arachidonic acid that induce uterine muscle contractions. Not only does low level laser therapy help modulate the inflammatory process by decreasing these pro-inflammatory markers, but it also helps the immune system increase the production of anti-inflammatory mediators.
The LLLT process results in the elimination of many menstrual disorder symptoms include pain, enhances the body’s immune system response, and facilitates natural healing. Low level laser therapy has also been shown to decrease scar tissue and adhesions causing pelvic pain by modulating the cellular inflammatory response.
Studies on Laser Acupuncture for Menstrual Relief
One study examining the effects of laser acupuncture (the use of low level laser therapy directed on specific acupuncture points) and exercise on primary dysmenorrhea showing complete relief in 76.67% of the 30 women after three months (3 treatments per month). Another study experienced an 83% reduction of pain by stimulating acupuncture points with low level laser therapy by treating 31 women with low level laser therapy in the 5 days before their monthly period. 16 women reported satisfying results in the first month alone, with 26 completely pain free after 6 months. A study at Pusan National University of South Korea concluded that LLLT was effective in relieving dysmenorrhea. The average pain between all 44 women dropped from an 8.3 to a 3.8 after three menstrual cycles.
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