laser therapy

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laser therapy

Any medical use of lasers for purposes designed to improve the state of patients. Laser therapy includes simple bloodless tissue cutting; destroying or sealing unwanted blood vessels; tumour destruction; unblocking obstructed FALLOPIAN TUBES to restore fertility; removal of tattoos and birthmarks; removal of atherosclerotic plaque and thrombosis inside arteries so as to restore patency; removal of prostate gland tissue causing outflow obstruction; precision corneal curvature adjustment to correct refractive errors; treatment of glaucoma by opening eye aqueous drainage channels (see LASER TRABECULOPLASTY); destroying peripheral parts of the retina so as to allow regression of dangerously fragile new blood vessels in DIABETIC RETINOPATHY; and attempting to promote healing in sprains, inflamed tendons and painful joints. See also LASER.


a device which generates an extremely intense, small and nearly nondivergent beam of monochromatic radiation in the visible region, with all the waves in phase; capable of mobilizing immense heat and power when focused at close range, it is used as a tool in surgery, in diagnosis, and in physiological studies. Laser is an acronym for light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation.
Used also as a modern version of acupuncture and considered to be the biggest breakthrough in that technology for 5000 years. It provides a quick, painless and noninvasive method of point stimulation.

argon laser
used in ophthalmic surgery and in photodynamic surgery of the skin.
carbon dioxide laser
used in microsurgery and ophthalmic procedures.
low-energy laser therapy
used for wound healing and pain relief; includes visible red helium-neon lasers, invisible infrared gallium-arsenide lasers and gallium-aluminum-arsenid lasers.
laser therapy
in acupuncture the application of low intensity laser to acupuncture points.
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Dr Ribeiro and his team use a more advanced version of light therapy called photobiomodulation.
Also known as photonic therapy, low-intensity light therapy, LED therapy, photobiostimulation, photobiomodulation, and photorejuvenation, the application of red light by means of a hand-held device, stationary panels containing LED lights, or units designed for treatment from a distance or in direct contact with the skin all claim to reduce inflammation and arthritis pain in pets and people.
Therapeutic lasers have a photobiomodulation effect that stimulates energy production within the cells, mediates inflammation, increases blood flow, and promotes growth or regeneration.
Laser Therapy in Veterinary Medicine: Photobiomodulation
Photobiomodulation by helium neon and diode lasers in an excisional wound model: A single blinded trial.
The effects of both Class III lasers and the more recent, higher-powered Class IV therapeutic lasers are referred to as photobiomodulation, intended to denote the changes caused by the lasers at a cellular level.
The company is being recognized for their work on the LT-300, a photobiomodulation (PBM) device that will be used to treat age-related macular degeneration (AMD).
Low Level Laser Therapy/ photobiomodulation is used to promote circulation to the treated site, so that it heals faster.
2006) Clinical and experimental applications of NIR-LED photobiomodulation.
Nailing down the mechanism was key because it places on firm scientific footing the decades-old pile of anecdotes about low-level light therapy (LLLT), also known as Photobiomodulation (PBM).
with a non-initiated tip, at less than 1 watt, and/or with a gated pulse) are currently gaining popularity due to the flurry of research on their photobiomodulation ability and promotion of healing.
Laser photobiomodulation of proliferation of cells in culture: a review of human and animal studies.