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Fundamentals of Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) & PhotoTherapy
a.k.a. "Laser Therapy", "Cold Laser Therapy",  and "PhotoBiomodulation"

Computer Based Learning Course with Certificate of Laser Training
Low-level laser therapy (LLLT) is a phototherapy that uses low-level lasers or non-laser light emitting diodes (LED's) in both medical and veterinary treatments to alter cellular function. This restores function within cells and promotes healing. It is still controversial in mainstream medicine and research continues to determine the ideal location of treatment (site points or general systemic effects) and appropriate dosimetry including wavelength, intensity, timing, pulsing and duration.

Despite a lack of consensus over it's ideal use and specific parameters, it is obvious that it is effective in relieving short term pain from rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, neck pain, tendinopathy and perhaps chronic joint disorders. It has been shown in some studies to be effective in accellerating wound healing, enhancing recovery from strokes and even assisting in healing of severed nerves. Related but less substantiated uses include aiding with stopping smoking, and weight loss. LLLT has been around for more than 40 years and is commonly performed in most other developed countries outside of the United States.
PRICE: This ten module online accredited course is NOW AVAILABLE at a fee of $695.
(or as a package for 2 people with the initial price of $995, and the option to add up to 5 more people
later at only $125 each)
It includes the online narrated slide presentations, along with the printed slides and notes.

Choose the PhotoBioModulation (LLLT) course
Course Content Described Below

This is a great Academic Theory and Mechanism of Action course to give you a solid foundation in the principles of LLLT. It is not a specific "how to" push-button course in how to run all the various devices. They all work in similar ways and it's all very simple. The companies however brand their devices differently and call all of the controls different names, so it looks confusing to get started. It's not. Take this course first and then later learn to operate the specific controls on the devices you buy. This course is important to take before buying equipment.

The course is intended to familiarize one with the principles and mechanisms of LLLT. At the completion of the course you will be awarded a Certificate of Laser Training in Low Level Laser Therapy. This should be considered entry level training in this area, but allow you to get safely started in this field. Importantly it will help clear up confusion regarding the commercial devices that may be available and make one a more informed buyer of this equipment. Although some basic cellular biology is discussed in this course, the basics are included only for reference and as background. This is a practical course, and is not an in-depth cellular biology course. Some of the manufacturers will include this course with your purchase of their equipment. Our nonprofit group has no financial ties to any of the companies in this field, and this course is not oriented toward any one particular company's devices. Approximately 12-16 hours.
CONTENTS INCLUDE:  (narrated slide presentations with embedded video and graphics)

1.  Introduction and Overview
  --  Purpose of this Fundamentals course, differentiation between photobiomodulation and laser accupuncture, cautionary note about unsubstantiated claims for LLLT

2.  Fundamentals of PhotoBiology
  -- Mechanisms of action and examples of common photobiological reactions

3.  Basics of Lasers, Light, and Energy Concepts
  --  Conceptual physics, electromagnetic spectrum, types of lasers and wavelengths, non-laser light sources, dosimetry parameters including irradiance, radiant exposure, flux, wavelength penetration, pulsing and CW characteristics, delivery systems.

4.  Types of Laser/Light Tissue Interactions
  --  Thermal including Selective Photothermolysis (aesthetic uses), Photoacoustic,
       Photodisassociation, Photochemistry (PDT), and PhotoBiomodulation (LLLT)

5.  Light Sources - Laser and Non-Laser, and relevant Parameters
  --  coherent vs. incoherent light sources and examples, Dose - radiant exposure vs total dose, parameters of spot size, power, pulse time and/or scan rates, polarization, local vs systemic effects.

6.  Commercially Available Devices
  --  confusion in nomenclature, methods, and labeling, contact information on manufacturers

7.  Laser Safety and Regulations
  --  A.N.S.I. 136.3 Laser Safety Standards, differentiation of training and credentialing vs licensing, Laser Classification System, Eye Hazards, Other related Laser Hazards, A.N.S.I. based training requirements, Nominal Hazard Zones (NHZ) and Laser Treatment Controlled Areas (LTCA)

8.  LLLT Applications - "PhotoBiomodulation" related.
  -- veterinary, wound healing, chronic pain, arthritis, sports injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome, low thyroid, diabetes, neuronal toxicity, nerve regeneration, stroke treatment, skin rejuvenation, hair growth

9.  LLLT Applications - "Acupuncture" related.
  -- Aid to Stop Smoking, and Weight Loss

10.  Summary of Common Photobiological Reactions in LLLT
  --  Mitochondrial Respiratory Chain, Nitrous Oxide formation from UV light, Cytochrome C Oxidase,
Cell Signaling and Redox State, etc.

11.  References to Professional Associations and Recommended Reading
In the early days (starting in late 60's) PhotoBioModulation (PBM) was known as Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT).
Before that it was known by the term "BIOSTIMULATION". Before that it was also called "COLD LASER THERAPY". Most of the original work was done in Russia and Brazil. Leon Goldman MD, a cofounder of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, was an early advocate of PBM.