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LLLT as seen in A Current Affair

LLLT-ACALast month, LLLT was featured in a small segment of A Current Affair (ACA), giving chronic pain sufferers hope. In what was titled "Aussie first treatment could put neck pain to bed", a treatment dubbed the "Hot Spot Therapy" was introduced by Dr Mark Rogers. What is this "miracle" therapy for chronic pain? How is it effective? Is it also applicable to other conditions? What are some scientific evidence? These are just a few questions that had been asked in my clinic, not only by patients, but professionals too.

First I'd like to direct your attention to the picture above. In the apparent thermal image of a person, where a collection of contour displays different temperatures, a couple of bright white spots stand out. These are the hot spots of our interest.

Thermal cameras captures heat patterns across the skin through detecting infrared radiation as emitted from our bodies. Cells with inflammation, generally showing signs of redness, swelling and heat due to increase of flow of body fluid, which raise local temperature, can then be detected. A good infra red camera can detect temperature gradient for up to 5mm in depth, making it a very useful tool for clinicians like Dr Rogers and I because typically, the hot spots detected give strong indication of area of tender points or trigger points in the body. However, to find the exact points, careful examination through palpation by an experienced person is still absolutely important.

While the "hot spot" method assist in finding the root of chronic pain, it gets only half of the job done. To manage the condition, such as initiate healing, it is where Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) come to prominence. LLLT is the area that I have always had great interest in. In fact, it's being with me for almost 30 years, researching and practicing it, I have also had the chance to collaborate with Dr Rogers on many occasions, fighting off our patients' painful conditions. Currently in my clinic, I use my experience to detect both superficial and deep lying inflamed tender points. I have treated neck pain, thoracic pain, lower back pain, joint conditions fibromyalgia etc. with good results approximately 90% of my patients respond to laser, their conditions then begins improving.

And no, LLLT is no miricle treatment. Good healing really relies on the laser being delivered accurately to the area of injury, where a series of photochemical reactions ensue (Professor Hamblin summarised it best here)all the while with the laser's wavelength, time and dosage carefully managed.

 
All in all, LLLT is an excellent way to combat chronic pain, doing so in a non-invasive (therefore no chance of negative side effects),non manipulative (therefore not causing any pain in the duration of treatment) and above all, an experienced clinician would help to make the difference.

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Wei Xing

With over 30 years experience in the industry Wei Xing has used her expertise and LLLT knowledge to treat patients with acute and chronic pain.

Deeply passionate about her patient’s health, Wei has made it her mission to alleviate discomfort and suffering from her patients so that they may enjoy a more active lifestyle.

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