The Therapy Corner

MLS Laser Therapy 

For millions of Americans, pain is a regular part of life. According to a 2016 report, an estimated 50 million American adults suffer from chronic pain. Chronic pain may last for weeks or years and feel like an ache, burn or sting. Pain is one of the primary reasons people go to the doctor, and it links with problems such as anxiety, depression, dependence on opioids and overall reduced quality of life.

Chronic pain can be difficult to treat depending on the cause, and sometimes, there is no known reason for the condition. However, specific treatments, such as laser therapy, can help bring fast relief. Laser therapy is a safe and effective solution to relieving pain and healing the body without invasive surgery or potentially harmful medications. Thousands of Studies have demonstrated the positive effects of laser therapy, and it’s earned approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat a range of conditions.

What is the MLS Laser all about?

The MLS (multi-locked wave length) is a class 4 laser that features 2 locked wave lengths that are infrared.  The 808 wavelength is for inflammation and is long lasting. The 905 wavelength is analgesic and is fast acting. What this means is that you may feel some immediate effects but there will also be long lasting benefits. It’s a Laser that is designed to decrease inflammation, improve pain and decrease the pain with arthritis and more.

How Does it Work?

  • The Laser stimulated cells to remove toxins (histamine and cytokine) out of the cells.
  • They allow oxygen and food loads into the cells.
  • They block the pain signals to the nociceptor in the brain and release endorphins.
  • Laser therapy increases ATP production and cell growth.
  • MLS laser decreases healing time by 30-40%.
  • The MLS stimulated the mitochondria in the cells to jump start the body’s own natural healing process.
  • Each treatment is cumulative in its effectiveness, building off previous treatments. 
  • Acute patient will need 6 treatments every other day and Chronic patients typically need 10-12 treatments every other day.
  • Some relief may be felt immediately. With the maximum benefit experienced around hour 5-7 after the treatment.
  • Laser therapy is not covered by insurance.
  • Chronic patients may not feel relief until after 4 or more visits.

What Conditions does it Help?

  • Arthritis and Bursitis
  • Backache ad Sciatica
  • Rotator cuff tendonitis
  • Neck and shoulder injuries
  • Repetitive motion movement like Carpel tunnel and Tennis elbow
  • Hip and knee pain
  • Lumbar pain
  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Epicondylitis
  • Occupational injuries
  • Sprains and strains
  • Sports injuries
  • Heel and Foot pain (plantarfascitis)
  • Neuromas
  • Neuralgia

Laser  vs Surgery vs Opioids Usage

Dealing with pain can be a frustrating, time-consuming and sometimes risky experience. Trying to decide what the best way to go is exhausting.  Back surgery to relieve pain carries the risk of complications and continued pain after the surgery from scar tissue and extensive down time.   Health experts recommend trying non-invasive treatments such as Laser therapy before agreeing to get an operation.

There are also issues with taking pain medications/Opioids to find relief. Doctors typically suggest medicine such as acetaminophen or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for pain, but these often come with undesirable side effects or do little to help. For more severe pain, a doctor might prescribe an opioid, which carries a high risk of misuse, makes you drowsy and cause many unwanted side effects. Patients who do not feel comfortable taking many medications and who want an effective way to treat pain or inflammation might look toward MLS.


  • More cost-effective alternative to invasive surgeries
  • No down time after surgery (time off work)
  • Effectively reduces inflammation
  • Accelerates tissue repair
  • Increases blood flow
  • Is safe and painless to use
  • Features easy application
  • Does not require the use of medicine
  • Is free of side effects
  • Has zero recovery time
  • Is a quick, outpatient treatment
  • Provides long-lasting relief
  • Customizable to meet your needs

Contact Anointed Hands Physical Therapy at 815-608-0288 to schedule your Initial Assessment to determine if the Laser is right for you and get $25 off your Initial visit.

About the author 

Anointed Hands Physical Therapy and Wellness

Jameka has focused her 18+ years of experience treating pediatrics, geriatrics, and athletes to become a well-rounded Physical Therapist. She is certified in Dry Needling, Myofascial Release, Pilates Mat and Equipment, Functional Movement and Taping, Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilizations, and Cupping. Her patients are like family to her and she is dedicated to helping people improve function without unneeded surgeries or steroid injections!

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