What is Endometriosis?
This condition occurs when the lining of the uterus, called the endometrium, grows in other places, such as the fallopian tubes, ovaries, pelvis and even the colon. When that lining breaks down, like the regular lining in the uterus that produces monthly menstruation, it has nowhere to go, and thus can be a very painful condition. The reason why this happens is unknown. Surgery is generally recommended, with no guarantee that the lesions will not return. Medication can also be prescribed, including pain relief drugs and hormones.
Limitation of recurring pain greatly benefits the patient, by providing symptom relief and preventing the continual cycle of probable adverse effects on physical activity, work productivity, sexual fulfillment, mood and fertility.
How can Low Level Laser Help?
Low Level Laser Therapy or Photobiomodulation Therapy softens tissue, lowers or eliminates pain, because it reduces inflammation. The laser improves blood flow to tissue, and increased mitochondrial activity. This results in inflammation decreasing, which reduces or completely eliminates pain and also decreases the oedema (swelling) associated with this painful condition.
Inflammation reduction – a brief explanation.
One of the major effects of light when absorbed by our bodies, is on the mitochondria, the power source inside our cells. When cells are stressed through injury or damage, the mitochondria produce nitric oxide (a toxic chemical), which in turn reduces oxygen production, significantly lowering cell energy and leading to a state of oxidative stress. Oxidative stress then creates a state of inflammation and cell death. LLLT or PMB Therapy dissociates the nitric oxide allowing oxygen back into the cell, so the energy level of the cell is restored and oxidative stress is reduced. Once normal mitochondrial function is re-established through LLLT, cell function improves, pain reduces and the patient begins to feel better.