Bogus cold laser / LLLT training courses

I feel sorry for anyone curious about Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) / Cold Laser. There is a myriad of different products with extreme differences in specification:

  • 635 – 980nm wavelengths
  • 5mW – 12,000mW
  • Laser vs LED‘s
  • Super pulsed vs continuous vs gated CW
  • Recommended treatment times ranging from a few seconds to several minutes
  • Intervals ranging from daily to weekly
  • Prices from $3,000 – $55,000

To make matters worse, many training courses are just sales pitches spiced with pseudoscience. You could try reading all the original research but it is a vast field and hard to get a good overview.

Here is my recommendation. Start by reading this Harvard Medical School review (which I co-authored). If you find it too heavy going come on our training course. It is substantially based on this paper but more simply illustrated, delivered in slow motion, you can ask questions as we go, all technical terms introduced in an understandable way.

Here is the THOR training plan

09:00 Breakfast & coffee
09:30 Introduction to LLLT
10:00 Mechanism of action
10:30 Published clinical research on tissue repair, inflammation, edema, analgesic effects (wounds, soft tissue injuries, osteoarthritis, back and neck pain, neuropathic pain)
11:30 Break
11:45 Physics & dose (Wavelength, power, irradiance, pulses, Joules, J/cm2, energy, penetration, how much is enough, how much is too much)
13:00 Lunch
14:00 Safety, contraindications, adverse effects, regulations and reimbursement
15:00 Treatment plans (treatment time, intervals, total number of treatments, techniques)
17:00 End

If you are keen to understand LLLT and prefer an evidence based training then attend our training. We promise that you will find it is based on sound scientific principles, not pseudoscience. Click here to see dates and venues, read testimonials and register.

About James Carroll

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