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PHOTOBIOMODULATION

In photobiomodulation therapy, light is used to regenerate tissue while reducing inflammation and pain. 

What is photobiomodulation?

Also known as cold laser therapy or low level light therapy, this treatment assists in the repair of skin, muscle, tendon, bone and nerve tissue while reducing inflammation and pain. It works by increasing cellular energy and reducing oxidative stress. Light energy/photons are converted into energy for the cell. These effects have been well-documented in extensive clinical trials.

Treatments take around 20 minutes, and are typically delivered twice a week. 

WHAT CONDITIONS CAN IT HELP WITH?

Photobiomodulation can be used to treat a wide range of podiatric conditions, including: 

  • Chronic pain conditions and nerve pain
  • Sciatica
  • Arthritis - knee, ankle, big toe, foot or hip joints
  • Neuralgia - foot or leg
  • Achilles tendinopathy/tendonitis
  • Heel pain
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Peroneal tendinopathy
  • Muscle or tendon tears and fractures
  • Foot ulcers
  • Wound repair
  • Pre and post surgery
  • Bursitis
  • Lymphedema (swelling in the legs)
  • Morton’s neuroma
  • Baker’s cysts

More Information About Photobiomodulation

There have been multitudes of studies published about the effectiveness of Photobiomodulation used to treat certain conditions. See the below articles for more information. 

  • 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). Click here to read.
  • American Physical Therapy Association guidelines recommend LLLT for Achilles tendonitis. (2010). Click here to read

Additional papers:

  • Effects of Low-Level Laser Therapy and Eccentric Exercises in the Treatment of Recreational Athletes With
    Chronic Achilles Tendinopathy

    Stergioulas A, Stergioula M, Aarskog R, Lopes-Martins RA, Bjordal JM Peloponnese University, Sparta, Laconia, Greece.

  • Efficacy of low-level laser therapy on pain and disability in knee osteoarthritis: systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised placebo-controlled trials

    Martin Bjørn Stausholm   ,1 Ingvill Fjell Naterstad,1 Jon Joensen,1 Rodrigo Álvaro Brandão Lopes-Martins,2 Humaira Sæbø,1 Hans Lund,3 Kjartan Vibe Fersum,1 Jan Magnus Bjordal1

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FIND OUT MORE

To find out more about this painless, drug-free treatment, speak to the experienced team at Cheltenham Podiatry.

We can advise whether Photobiomodulation and low level laser therapy are suitable for you.

Call us on 03 9583 3093, or book your appointment online now.