Low Level (‘Cold’) Laser Therapy

What is Low Level Laser Therapy (AKA Cold Laser)?

Low Level Laser Therapy (AKA “Cold Laser”) is a very safe, gentle and non-invasive treatment option.


What Is Involved?

LLLT involves the application of particular wavelengths of light over an injury or a lesion, to improve soft tissue healing, reduce inflammation and help with acute and chronic pain.  Unlike surgical lasers, LLLT does not create a heating effect.


Who Can Benefit from LLLT?

LLLT has been shown to help a variety of conditions including (but not limited to);

  • Neck pain (1)(2)
  • Chronic low back pain (3)(4)
  • Neuropathic pain (5)
  • Chronic Pain(6)
  • Acute or sports injury pain relief (7)(8)
  • Tendon Inflammation (9)
  • Lymphoedema

A great feature article appeared on Channel 7, describing the benefits of low level laser therapy or back pain (below).



How Do I Make an Appointment?

Dr Amy and Dr jonathan are now offering LLLT sessions at Chiro Adelaide.


Appointments can be made by calling our office on 8231 0600 or by booking online here.




  1. Chow RT, Johnson MI, Lopes-Martins RA, Bjordal JM. Efficacy of low-level laser therapy in the management of neck pain: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised placebo or active-treatment controlled trials. Lancet [Internet]. 2009;374(9705):1897–908. Available from: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(09)61522-1
  2. Saayman L, Hay C, Abrahamse H. Chiropractic manipulative therapy and low-level laser therapy in the management of cervical facet dysfunction: A randomized controlled study. J Manipulative Physiol Ther [Internet]. 2011;34(3):153–63. Available from: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jmpt.2011.02.010
  3. Shojaei M. Comparing Two Combined Treatment Method For Clbp: Pt With Lllt and Pt With Dry Needling. Arch Phys Med Rehabil [Internet]. 2017;98(10):e47. Available from: http://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0003999317306937
  4. Djavid GE, Mehrdad R, Ghasemi M, Hasan-Zadeh H, Sotoodeh-Manesh A, Pouryaghoub G. In chronic low back pain, low level laser therapy combined with exercise is more beneficial than exercise alone in the long term: A randomised trial. Aust J Physiother [Internet]. 2007;53(3):155–60. Available from: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0004-9514(07)70022-3
  5. de Andrade ALM, Bossini PS, Parizotto NA. Use of low level laser therapy to control neuropathic pain: A systematic review. J Photochem Photobiol B Biol [Internet]. 2016;164:36–42. Available from: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jphotobiol.2016.08.025
  6. Houzé B, El-Khatib H, Arbour C. Efficacy, tolerability, and safety of non-pharmacological therapies for chronic pain: An umbrella review on various CAM approaches. Prog Neuro-Psychopharmacology Biol Psychiatry [Internet]. 2017;79(February):192–205. Available from: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pnpbp.2017.06.035
  7. Bjordal JM, Johnson MI, Iversen V, Aimbire F, Lopes-Martins RAB. Low-Level Laser Therapy in Acute Pain: A Systematic Review of Possible Mechanisms of Action and Clinical Effects in Randomized Placebo-Controlled Trials. Photomed Laser Surg [Internet]. 2006;24(2):158–68. Available from: http://www.liebertonline.com/doi/abs/10.1089/pho.2006.24.158
  8. Takenori A, Ikuhiro M, Shogo U, Hiroe K, Junji S, Yasutaka T, et al. Immediate pain relief effect of low level laser therapy for sports injuries: Randomized, double-blind placebo clinical trial. J Sci Med Sport [Internet]. 2016;19(12):980–3. Available from: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jsams.2016.03.006
  9. Da Ré Guerra F, Vieira CP, Marques PP, Oliveira LP, Pimentel ER. Low level laser therapy accelerates the extracellular matrix reorganization of inflamed tendon. Tissue Cell [Internet]. 2017;49(4):483–8. Available from: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tice.2017.05.006