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What Is MLS Laser Therapy (Multiwave Locked System)?

The innovative and patented Multiwave Locked System Therapy Laser was developed in an effort to produce an efficient and simultaneous effect on pain, inflammation, and oedema, exceeding the limits of traditional LLLT (low power) and concerns of HP (high power) laser therapy. MLS technology delivers therapeutic wavelengths, 808nm (anti-oedemic and anti-inflammatory) and 905nm (analgesic), allowing a tissue penetration depth of 3-4 cm. An energetic synergy is created when delivering these wavelengths that produces greater anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects than either can produce on its own, while minimizing the risk of thermal damage. It is this unique combination and synchronization of continuous and pulsed emissions that characterizes MLS and distinguishes it from other Class IV lasers.

Unlike early-generation Class IV technology, MLS Laser Therapy has the capability to deliver controlled laser energy. This unique feature provides more accurate therapeutic dose delivery, which means consistent and repeatable results when treating foot injuries like Plantar Fasciitis and Achilles Tendonitis.

How Does MLS Laser Work?

Laser therapy uses light to favour and accelerate the body’s natural healing processes. The laser beam is moved over the skin so that the light energy (photons) penetrates the tissue where it interacts with various molecules (chromophores) that cause different biological effects. It produces a photochemical, photothermal and photomechanical effect.

What Are The Benefits of MLS Laser Therapy?

  • MLS Laser Therapy is safe and effective, there are no known adverse effects.
  • There is no pain or discomfort during the treatment.
  • Rapid relief of pain without the use of addictive prescription painkillers
  • Strong anti-inflammatory effect
  • Non-surgical treatment
  • No negative side effects
  • Timely healing of sprains & strains
  • Rapid recovery of the structural integrity of the injured region
  • Rapid resolution of swollen areas
  • Immediate improvement of local blood circulation
  • Rapid repair of superficial injuries, such as wounds and ulcers
MLS Laser
MLS Laser Therapy

What Can I Expect?

After the biomechanical assessment to diagnose your issue and develop a treatment plan, we will begin your course of laser therapy. Your pracitioner will decide the appropriate settings for your condition and then the laser will be placed on or directed over the area of pain or injury. Once the laser is started you will most likely only be aware of the feeling of a wand moving across your skin or in the case of a laser which is not in
contact with your body, you may not feel anything. This can be strange as we expect to feel something, often pain, as a method of healing. The MLS laser works without causing you any discomfort at all. Your treatment will usually be anywhere between 5 and 20 minutes long (or even
a little longer) depending on your issue and the treatment protocol required.

What Are The Immediate Effects Of MLS Laser Therapy On The Patient?

The effects on inflammation, oedema and pain can often be felt from the very first application. Clinical studies have also demonstrated a 50% reduction in pain and inflammation already from the 4th or 5th application, with a notable improvement in the patient’s quality of life.

Are There Any Side Effects?

Very occasionally a body will ‘over react’ to the laser treatment and will experience a temporary increase in inflammation, usually lasting 24-48 hours. This is rare, however, if it does happen, please don’t worry. It’s just the way your body has responded to the treatment which indicates that the treatment has caused cellular changes and a process is underway in your area of pain. You will most likely feel better after this rebound response than you did before. If this happens, please tell your practitioner and they will reduce the settings on the machine for your next treatment.

How Many Treatments Will I need?

MLS laser treatment is cumulative which means each treatment builds upon the effects of the last. For this reason, we try and see you as regularly as possible to maintain and increase the effects of each treatment. The number of treatments required varies because everybody is different, however,  depending on the condition and your body’s response you may need between 2-15 sessions. Generally, we work on an initial
course of x amount of sessions carried out at 2-3 sessions per week. Acute conditions may need fewer treatments with chronic issues usually requiring more. Please attend each session as recommended by your practitioner so you can obtain optimal effects from your laser treatment.

How Quickly Will It Work?

We often see results after 2-4 sessions. Remember that laser is cumulative and you’re most likely to see results as you go through your course of treatment.  It’s also really important that you stick to any other elements of your treatment plan such as exercises, taping or activity modification etc to allow for the best results possible.

What If The Treatment Does Not Work?

Though the short-term effects are very good, the long-term benefits of this treatment may take up to three months. If, over this time, there is no improvement in your condition, then your podiatrist may offer you other treatment options.

Contact us

If you have any questions or concerns about MLS Laser Therapy, please contact us on 01223 926365 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 6:30pm).