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MLS Laser Therapy

Updated: Oct 6, 2022

What is MLS laser therapy?

The MLS laser is a class IV laser, a medical device that can help to heal both acute and chronic conditions.

With a course of treatment, we aim to reduce both pain and inflammation, boosting the healing ability of your body on many levels.

What can it help with?

  • Pain

  • Inflammation

  • Odema (swelling)

  • Tissue regeneration

  • Neuropathy

And much more!

How does MLS laser therapy work?

Pain relief

The laser temporarily slows nerve impulses in the peripheral nerves, reducing transmission speed and the size of the action potential in nerves. This provides a temporary analgesic (pain relieving) effect at around 36 hours post-treatment.

Activation at the cellular level

At a subcellular level, the mitochondria within the cells are activated. Cellular respiration increases the amount of energy the cell produces, allowing for an increased natural healing rate.

Improved blood flow

Small capillaries in tissues are encouraged to vasodilate (widen) – improving microcirculation, boosting healing by improving the oxygen supply to the area and removing waste products and those causing excessive inflammation.

Reducing swelling

The laser stimulates the lymphatic system and encourages lymph flow – this is important for tissue drainage and the immune system. Improving lymphatic drainage reduces the excess fluid in tissues and reduces the pro-inflammatory proteins that cause inflammation and increased oedema.

Does an MLS laser use two lasers?

The MLS laser is a medical device: a class IV laser. Therapeutic energy levels stretch from 600-1200nm, with 800-1000nm being the sweet spot to promote healing at a depth of up to 3-4cm. Two frequencies of laser are used at once within this machine: 905nm and 808nm. The 905nm wavelength is a rapidly pulsed frequency, which allows heat to dissipate. The lower 808nm wavelength does not require pulsing as this lower frequency does not produce the same high temperatures.

During the procedure, only the clinician and patient are allowed in the treatment area, and both wear protective goggles to prevent eye damage.

There is a slight increase in temperature in the area treated, and this is slightly increased in more pigmented skin, but this is minimal, and you will hardly even notice it.

How long does MLS laser therapy take?

Your first consultation will be around 1 hour long. This allows for a full assessment before treatment. The laser treatment itself takes approximately 20-30 minutes, depending on the condition. We usually recommend a course of 4 treatments to maximise healing. This can sometimes be alongside other interventions like rehab exercises and insoles.

*This blog contains general information about medical conditions and is not advice. You must not rely upon the information in this blog as medical advice. Medical advice should always be sought from an appropriately qualified podiatrist such as ourselves.

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