MLS Laser Therapy FAQs
What is Laser Therapy and how does it work?
Laser therapy is a therapeutic treatment that uses light energy (photons) for tissue healing and pain reduction. The light energy penetrates deeply into damaged cells and stimulates cellular activity. As a result of exposure to the laser, the cells of tendons, ligaments and muscles repair themselves. Light energy enters damaged cells and stimulated inter-cellular activity. This reduces pain in the area and speeds recovery of the damaged cells. Once the cells recover, the healing process is complete.
What is MLS?
MLS stands for Multi-wave Lock System. MLS is the name of the FDA approved technology that utilizes a patented combination of unique wavelengths. The two wavelengths work together to deliver superior results.
How is MLS different?
MLS Therapy uses two wavelengths to overcome the limits of traditional Laser Therapy. Continuous laser emissions act fast on inflammation, stimulating blood and lymphatic circulation and inducing fast re-absorption of fluid build-up; however, they only have a secondary effect on pain which is diminished after reducing the inflammatory process. The MLS pulse laser emissions on the other hand, have a practically immediate effect on pain since they are able to induce analgesia by interfering with the very transmission of the pain impulse to the higher brain centers, but they are less effective at treating inflammation and edema.
What is the advantage of MLS therapy over traditional low level lasers? (LLLT)
Until now, there have been only pulsed light lasers that control swelling and continuous light lasers that control pain, but not both. Current traditional laser therapy provides partial treatment at best by reducing inflammation or pain but never both at the same time. MLS Therapy is able to induce strong anti-inflammatory, anti-edema, and analgesic effects simultaneously and within a short period of time. LLLT cannot achieve these results because of the limitations of using one or two wavelengths that are not synchronized. The patented control system that generates the MLS pulse synchronizes the emissions to achieve results previously unattainable. Thanks to this characteristic synchronization, the various therapeutic effects not only take place at the same time but reciprocally reinforce each other.
How was MLS Therapy developed and tested?
MLS Therapy has been developed and tested following a strict course of biomedical and clinical research. The effectiveness of the combination of the emissions making up the MLS pulse was initially tested in vitro on cellular cultures, then in vivo on animals, and finally by means of controlled clinical trials run by major state-of-the-art health organizations for treating traumatic and degenerative painful diseases.
What are the most common indications for therapy?
The most common MLS Therapy indications are pain relief, intervertebral disc disease, degenerative joint disease, arthritic conditions, muscular/skeletal system trauma, and inflammatory conditions.
What conditions does it treat?
MLS laser treatment was designed to treat conditions of the entire body; however, our practice treats conditions of the foot and ankle only. As such, our focus for the MLS laser is geared toward conditions of the foot and ankle.
- Tendon & ligament injuries
- Sore muscles, muscle strains & tears
- Degenerative joint conditions
- Neurological & general pain or bruising
- Musculoskeletal disorders
- Pre & post-surgical treatment
- Anti-inflammation applications
- Specific neurological conditions
- Plantar fasciitis/heel spur syndrome
- Diabetic peripheral neuropathy
- Arthritic conditions
What are the benefits?
- No known side effects
- Painless and non-Invasive
- Rapid relief of pain
- Strong anti-inflammatory effect
- Timely healing of sprains & strains
- Rapid recovery of the structural integrity of injured regions
- Rapid resolution of swollen areas
- Immediate improvement of local blood circulation
- Rapid repair of superficial injuries, such as wounds and ulcers
What can I expect during a treatment?
MLS Laser Therapy is a painless treatment that lasts from 8 to 20 minutes per extremity depending upon the condition treated. Some patients have stated they feel a comfortable warm sensation in the area being treated, while other patients usually don’t feel the laser. There is no pain, heat, redness or swelling during or after treatment.
What can I expect after the treatment?
Most patients experience positive results in 1 to 3 treatments, with the average course of treatment being 6 to 10 sessions. Any swelling is greatly reduced and there is a rapid relief of pain. Acute conditions usually subside quickly, typically within one phase of treatments, and chronic conditions can be controlled with regular treatments. The effects of MLS Laser Therapy are cumulative; therefore, expect to see improvement as you proceed through your treatment plan. It is critical that once you start, you complete the course of treatments recommended by your doctor or symptoms are likely to reoccur.
How many treatments are usually needed to get results?
Results can often been seen after the first treatment. Most conditions have protocols that range from 6-10 treatments. The treatments are cumulative and are delivered 2-3 times per week for 2- 3 weeks for acute conditions and up to 5-7 weeks for chronic conditions. For more chronic conditions, monthly or quarterly maintenance treatment may be necessary.