Would you believe me if I said inflammation is a natural, beneficial, and crucial part of the healing process? It’s the body’s natural defense mechanism against molecular invaders, wounds, damage to tissue, and other physical stresses to the body. The problem is when it becomes chronic. During chronic inflammation, the body’s immune system is consistently directed toward the site of injury, but the inflammatory process is unable to bring repair to the tissue. Chronic inflammation can manifest in the body as pain (in the muscles, joints, or organs), fever, rashes, fatigue, anxiety or depression, high blood sugar, poor digestion (bloating, diarrhea, constipation), skin problems like eczema or psoriasis, stubborn weight gain, and more.
So how do we combat this chronic and rampant inflammation? Photobiomodulation, also known as cold laser or low-level laser therapy, has been shown in numerous studies to be hugely beneficial in relieving pain, reducing inflammation, and stimulating the healing process. It is an effective, non-invasive, and curative method of pain relief using red and infrared light.
Photobiomodulation increases ATP (aka cellular energy) produced in the mitochondria of your body’s cells. This is important because, in injured, inflamed, and diseased tissues, there is an underproduction of ATP within those cells. However, when they are given the necessary energy, these inflamed tissues can then repair cells, regenerate and create healthy new cells, and stimulate new protein synthesis for the formation of new tissue, nerves, and blood vessels. Photobiomodulation also increases antioxidant defenses and reduce oxidative stress and prostaglandins (lipid molecules associated with pain and inflammation).
We’ve had great success with laser therapy in the treatment of osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, herniated disc, shoulder pain, knee pain, plantar fasciitis, achilles tendonitis, and more! Whether it’s that achy low back, brain fog, and poor concentration, sensitive gut, or skin problems, low-level laser therapy can help reduce systemic inflammation and get you feeling energized, pain-free, and back to your normal self.