MLS, or “Cold” Laser Therapy uses low levels of light to treat areas of the body that have been injured, or more accurately damaged in some way. Unlike the very high-powered lasers sometimes used in health care to cut tissue, therapy lasers produce photochemical and photobiological interactions that can repair injured or damaged tissue.
What it means for Patients
Relief from acute and chronic pain, reduced inflammation and muscle spasms, better range of motion and restored function are just a few of the benefits of MLS therapy. The MLS laser is a non-invasive, non-surgical way of treating pain and speeding recovery in patients dealing with numerous types of pain and inflammation.
Overall Benefits of MLS Laser Therapy:
- Extremely short treatment times (about 10 minutes per foot)
- Reduction and disappearance of pain, including nerve pain
- Strong anti-inflammatory effect
- Fast healing from strains and sprains
- Fast recover of the structural integrity of damage muscles
- Fast resolution of edema
- Immediate improvement of local circulation
- Fast repair of superficial lesions i.e. ulcers
Laser therapy has an anti-edema effect as it causes vasodilatation, but also because it activates the lymphatic drainage system (drains swollen areas). As a result, there is a reduction in swelling caused by bruising or inflammation.
Laser therapy has a high beneficial effect on nerve cells which blocks pain transmitted by these cells to the brain and which decreases nerve sensitivity. Also, due to less inflammation, there is less edema and less pain. Another pain blocking mechanism involves the production of high levels of pain killing chemicals such as endorphins and encephalin from the brain and adrenal gland.
Laser light will significantly increase the formation of new capillaries in damaged tissue that speeds up the healing process, closes wounds quickly, and reduces scar tissue. Additional benefits include acceleration of angiogenesis, which causes temporary vasodilatation, an increase in the diameter of blood vessels.
Laser therapy stimulates muscle trigger points and acupuncture points on a non-invasive basis providing musculoskeletal pain relief.
Laser therapy reduces the formation of scar tissue following tissue damage from cuts, scratches, burns or surgery.
Laser light will speed up the process of nerve cell reconnection and increase the amplitude of action potentials to optimize muscle action. This can help reverse neuropathic pain and numbness, reduce the effects of small fiber neuropathy and reduce the neuritic pain associated with various pathology including Mortons neuroma.
Laser light has a direct effect on immunity status by stimulation of the immunoglobulin and lymphocytes. Laser therapy is absorbed by chromophores (molecule enzymes) that react to laser light. The enzyme flavomono-nucleotide is activated and starts the production of ATP source for all chemical reactions in the cells.
Laser light stimulates fibroblast development (fibroblasts are the building blocks of collagen, which is predominant in wound healing) in damaged tissue. Collagen is the essential protein required to replace old tissue or to repair tissue injuries. As a result, laser therapy is effective on open wounds and burns.
What does the FDA Say about MLS Therapy?
The FDA has cleared the MLS laser as a treatment for the temporary relief of chronic pain, inflammation, and muscle spasms based on clinical data presented directly to the FDA.