Low Level Laser therapy (LLLT) is the treatment of various conditions using laser to bring about a photochemical reaction at a cellular level. The laser light penetrates into tissue where it is absorbed by cells and converted into energy that influences the course of metabolic processes.
The LTU-904 is an infrared laser operating at a wavelength of 904 nanometers. This invisible wavelength penetrates deeply into tissue (much deeper than the often used red laser operating in the visible red region).
Cleared by the FDA for Lymphedema Treatment:
The American Food and Drug Administration has cleared the Riancorp LTU-904 laser therapy units as a tool to be used in the treatment of postmastectomy lymphedema.
The LTU-904 is the ONLY laser device cleared by FDA for lymphedema treatment.
In this video Denise Stewart talks about: Low level laser as a treatment for scar tissue postmastectomy, how it works & The LTU-904 device
Specific advantages of the LTU-904 laser therapy include:
Painless and often immediate analgesic effect at the time of treatment
Dramatically shortened recovery time with rapid reduction of swelling and inflammation
Non-invasive and patient-friendly treatment
The LTU models are Class 1 lasers and therefore eye-safe for patients and clinicians
Laser therapy is recognised and used worldwide for the treatment of numerous injuries in humans and animals. The 904 nanometer wavelength of the LTU-904 is especially effective in the treatment of:
Slow healing skin wounds
Sprained and strained ligaments
The LTU can be used in conjunction with ultrasonic therapy, physiotherapy, chiropractic therapy and concurrent with most other therapy.
Full details of the treatment methods for various injuries are provided in the comprehensive owner's manual which is included with the unit.
Treatment of Injuries
Treatment using the LTU models is usually in contact with the skin, directly onto the injury. When treating skin wounds, the units are used in non-contact mode.
The time and frequency of the treatment varies depending on the type of injury and its condition. This may be as short as one single treatment of a few minutes to many treatments of 5-10 minutes.
Ease of Use
The outstanding features of the LTU models are their strength and portability. The LTU-904 Unit is designed to be used as easily in the field as in the surgery.
The small portable package is hand-held with rechargeable batteries that give up to five hours of continuous use between charges, or the units can be operated from mains power.
The digital timer keeps track of the treatment time, and the audible beep confirms that the unit is working.
Each unit (excluding to USA) comes with a reflective shield. This innovation ensures that light reflected from the surface of the skin is reflected back to the tissue. This improves the effectiveness of the unit.
The LTU has a self contained power supply of rechargeable nickel metal hydride batteries. Each unit comes with an ac adaptor/battery charger to suit your country, reflective shield (excluding to USA), instruction manual, infra-red indicator and carry case. The entire package is light weight and completely portable.
The LTU features an in-built digital timer, and audible warning device which sounds when the laser is operating, and two power settings.
The LTU-904 operates with a peak power of 5 Watts.
The Laser Effect
Infra-red energy is absorbed in the cell membrane, where it induces a photophysical reaction which directly mediates the membrane potential, resulting in the intra and extra cellular transport of photoproducts.
The ultimate photoresponse is cellular proliferation.
The cellular mechanisms are immediate, and are followed by secondary local reactions as the photoproducts interact with surrounding cells and tissue, producing such documented effects as enhanced blood and lymphatic flow, and photomediated neural responses. The local reactions are followed by systemic effects as the photoproducts are carried by the blood and lymphatic systems around the body, and the photomediated neuroresponses take effect.
Treated skin wounds show the following reactions:
Reduced scar formation
Reduced pain and inflammation
Increased collagen and reduced cellular substances