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Why Light?

Light is vital for survival. Photosynthetic plants use light to power the photosynthesis cycle. Photosynthesis is vital for all aerobic life on Earth. In addition to maintaining normal levels of oxygen in the atmosphere, photosynthesis is the source of energy for nearly all life on earth, either directly, through primary production, or indirectly, as the ultimate source of the energy in their food.[1] Light streams photons (tiny packets of energy) to our bodies facilitating natural beneficial biological effects at the cellular level. Research indicates that light is beneficial on many levels, giving birth to the new science of photoceutical medicine.

“Studies have shown that when healing appears to be impaired, tissues respond positively to the appropriate doses of light, especially light that is within 600 to 1,000 nm wavelengths. The evidence suggests that low level light therapy accelerates many stages of healing as it impairs inflammation, promotes fibroblast proliferation, enhances the synthesis of type I and type III procollagen mRNA, quickens bone repair and remodeling, promotes re-vascularization of wounds, and accelerates tissue repair in experimental and clinical models.” [2]

1. Bryant DA, Frigaard NU (November 2006). “Prokaryotic photosynthesis and phototrophy illuminated”. Trends Microbiol. 14 (11): 488–96.

2. Professor Endre Mester, the Father of Photobiomodulation Professor Lajos Gáspár, DDS, PhD, Budapest, Hungary J Laser Dent 2009;17(3):146-148

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What is LLLT?

LLLT is an acronym for Low Level Laser Therapy. Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) has been effectively used around the world for over four decades. To date, over 2,500 studies involving LLLT have been conducted. Research has demonstrated that LLLT is an excellent modality for speeding up the body’s natural healing process through powerful therapeutic benefits to living tissues and organisms. Both visible red and “invisible” infrared light affect at least twenty four positive changes at the cellular level. The additional colors of blue, green and violet are also producing revolutionary tissue effects that current research is demonstrating. Light therapy delivered through laser diodes and LEDs facilitate biologic effects because different wavelengths are absorbed by specific proteins.

Every cell in the body responds favorably to light. Light therapy has been proven to help support the body in healthy functions. Each cell of your body has light sensors called photoreceptors that absorb light rays called photons. These photons stimulate energy that the cells use to support a healthy body by interacting with the mitochondria of the cell which capture, direct, and transform photon energy into chemical energy used to regulate cellular activity. This activity includes enhanced ATP synthesis (Krebs Cycle), protein synthesis, cellular proliferation, growth factor secretion, and the cell is provided with more energy to play its part in the natural healing process.

Low Level Laser Therapy is a profound, safe, noninvasive way to ‘enlighten’ your cells.

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Who Uses LLLT?

Consumers can safely use LLLT at home or receive an LLLT session from a health professional in a clinical setting. LLLT is provided by many general practitioners in Australia and parts of Europe as an integrated treatment modality. Given that LLLT is safe, effective, and noninvasive, chiropractors, dentists, physical therapists, massage therapists, naturopathic doctors, and integrated health professionals are successfully using LLLT.

The mainstreaming of LLLT as an integrated therapy is occurring on an international scale because LLLT is an effective, safe noninvasive therapy.

It is our hope that this short introduction to LLLT has piqued your interest and that you will continue to research how the benefits associated with LLLT can “Change your World.”

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What are the Benefits of LLLT?

  • Promotes Anti-Inflammatory Response
  • Promotes Repair
  • Controls Pain (natural analgesic)
  • Increases Cellular ATP Production
  • Stimulates Production of Endorphins
  • Stimulates Long Term Production of Nitric Oxide
  • Stimulates Cellular Growth
  • Increases Cellular Metabolism
  • Improves Cellular Regeneration
  • Stimulates Nerve Function and Response
  • Inhibits Acne Causing Bacteria
  • Naturally Stimulates Collagen

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Define Laser

Laser can easily be defined as

  • L - Light
  • A - Amplificaton
  • S - Stimulated
  • E - Emission of
  • R - Radiation

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What is Wavelength?

Electromagnetic Spectrum - Wavelength

The chart above is representative of wavelength. The far left of the chart represents the shorter, higher energy waves (Gamma Rays) and the far right represents the longer, lower energy waves (Radio Waves). The spectrum of visible light which is detected by the human eye and perceived as visible light is electromagnetic radiation with a wavelength between 380nm and 760nm. Other wavelengths, especially near infrared (longer than 760nm) and ultraviolet (shorter than 380nm), are also referred to as light, especially when the visibility to humans is not relevant.

In Low Level Laser Therapy, the wavelength measured in nanometers (nm) signifies the type of laser diodes or Light Emitting Diode (LED) that is being utilized in the laser. For example, a laser with an 810nm diode would be infrared and the light would not be visible to the human eye. If that laser included a 405nm diode, the light would be violet in color and visible to the human eye.

The EnerChi Laser System utilizes laser diodes and LEDs that operate in the safe ranges, far away from the dangerous ultraviolet light, x-rays, and gamma rays.

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EnerChi Wavelength and Power

EnerChi Wavelength and Power

Below is a brief overview of the possible benefits research has shown for the different light spectrums.

The Violet Spectrum (405nm) has been used in studies to activate local genes and enzymes within the nucleus of the cell, such as DNA telomerase which rebuilds the tips of the DNA, creating an anti-aging effect. The violet spectrum has also been shown to reduce pathogen numbers producing an anti-viral effect.

The Blue Spectrum (450nm) works to reduce bacteria on the skin. The National Institute of Health conducted studies that demonstrated improvement on acne and other skin conditions.

The Green Spectrum (530nm) is used for a wide range of soft tissue issues where nerve cells are increased, such as heart, liver and other organ and gland tissues. Also helps with mood disorders, neurotransmitter production, and skin issues.

The Red Spectrum (650nm) is used for skin, soft tissue, muscle, and nerve issues. The red wavelength has been shown to increase cellular activity at the dermal level and stimulates fibroblast and collagen production to strengthen sagging and wrinkled skin.

The Infrared Spectrum (880nm, 808nm) is ideal for the deeper applications of bone, cartilage, tendons, discs, teeth and inflammation issues.

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EnerChi Technical Specifications

EnerChi Elite Technical Specifications

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Why the EnerChi?

The EnerChi Elite Laser System is a multi-wave, pulsed laser that is engineered to be expandable. The EnerChi Elite is expandable: it will be the control station for stimulating probes, a fiber optic system for the nasal cavity and ears, a teeth whitening system, and therapeutic LED pads. The EnerChi is the first expandable laser system to incorporate all integrated light therapy technology into one high tech, user friendly system.

An investment today in the EnerChi Elite Laser System will provide you with an upgradable photoceutical (light) technology system that will keep you current with the newest light therapy technology for the next 10 years!

Look no further... The EnerChi Elite Laser System is the most complete laser system in its class!

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Autonomic Nervous System (ANS)

In order to achieve or maintain good health one must understand the purpose of the autonomic nervous system (ANS). The autonomic nervous system also known as the visceral or involuntary nervous system acts as a control system functioning largely below the level of consciousness mind and controls visceral functions.[1] The ANS affects heart rate, digestion, respiratory rate, salivation, perspiration, pupillary dilation, micturition (urination), and sexual arousal. Whereas most of its actions are involuntary, some, such as breathing, work in tandem with the conscious mind.

The ANS is classically divided into two subsystems, the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS) and sympathetic nervous system (SNS).[1] The parasympathetic system is responsible for stimulation of “rest-and-digest” activities that occur when the body is at rest, including sexual arousal, salivation, lacrimation (tears), urination, digestion, and defecation. Its action is described as being complementary to that of the sympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for stimulating activities associated with the “fight-or-flight” response. The natural opposition of these two systems is complementary in nature rather than antagonistic and balance between these two systems is vital in achieving homeostasis.

1. “Autonomic Nervous System” at Dorland’s Medical Dictionary

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Sympathetic Nervous System (SNS)

Proprioception

The SNS functions with actions during activites ranging from waking, walking, feeling excited, and running. The SNS increases blood pressure, heart rate, fuel availability (sugar and fats), adrenaline, oxygen, circulation to vital organs, blood clotting (minimizes loss of blood if wounded), pupil size and peripheral vision (improves vision). The SNS decreases digestion, salivation, insulin activity to store glucose.

Under Normal Circumstances, the SNS promotes the ability to be active and the defense mechanism of “fight or flight”. An individual who is exposed to states of SNS dominance has an increased risk for symptoms and illnesses associated with stress. These include hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, fast arrhythmias, heart disease, Type I Diabetes, panic attacks, and poor sleep.

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Parasympathetic Nervous System (PNS)

Proprioception

The PNS functions with actions that do not require an immediate reaction or response. A useful acronym to summarize the functions of the parasympathetic nervous system is SLUDD (salivation, lacrimation, urination, digestion, and defecation). The PNS increases digestion, intestinal motility, fuel storage (increases insulin activity), resistance to infection, rest and recuperation, circulation to nonvital organs, and endorphins. The PNS decreases heart rate, blood pressure, and body temperature.

Under normal circumstances, the PNS promotes the ability to recover, digest, play, and create. An individual who is exposed to states of PNS dominance has an increased risk for symptoms and illnesses that include depression, weight gain, dizziness, low blood pressure, low heart rate, fatigue, and diarrhea.

Healing and repair takes place when the body is resting. This is the time that the parasympathetic division of the ANS is most active. This reminds me of the old saying, Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.” The validity of this statement is in the fact that a person who is well rested will function better physically, emotionally, and mentally. The PNS must be in balance with the SNS for the body to maintain a healthy homeostasis.

Maintaining balance between the parasympathetic division and sympathetic division of the autonomic nervous system is difficult in this age of technology. We are constantly being stimulated by our smart phones, video games, social media, and TV. Technology has enabled us to be more productive in the workplace increasing individual quotas and production goals. This is great for the bottom line, but at what cost?

The increased stress associated with balancing family, faith, personal development, and a demanding job keeps the sympathic division of the autonomic nervous system constantly engaged, keeping our body is in a constant state of “fight or flight”. This is taxing on the thyroid, adrenal glands, and digestive organs. Statistics for emotional stress disorders, heart disease, diabetes, hypothyroidism, and cancer are rising. I believe this can be directly attributed in part to stress and our addiction to the constant stimulation from technology devices. If we don’t allow our body and mind the chance to rest then the body is unable to effectively repair itself. And if left in a constant state of disrepair the weakened immune system is unable to fight of disease effectively.

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Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) and the PNS

The PNS consists of four (4) cranial nerves originating in the brainstem, including the vagus, which is the principal nerve involved in effecting parasympathetic activity to most areas of the body. The vagus nerve conducts information between the posterior hypothalamus and brain stem of the central nervous system, and glands and vital organs.

Balance

Low level laser therapy is an excellent tool for activating the parasympathetic division of the autonomic nervous system. The “Proprioception Protocol” in Appendix D of this manual was developed for specifically activating the parasympathetic division of the autonomic nervous system.

After the parasympathetic division of the ANS is activated the body is in a state that is more conducive and acceptant to healing. So it only makes sense that any holistic practitioner that uses LLLT to stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system before using another modality will see better results with their clients. This is because when the parasympathetic division of the ANS is activated the body will respond better and more quickly to that beneficial modality.

Maintaining balance between the sympathetic division and the parasympathetic division of the autonomic nervous system is key in maintaining good health. Low level laser therapy, exercise, proper diet, adequate sleep, and stress reducing activities will jump start your journey to maintaing balance.

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What is Proprioception?

Definition

Proprioception is defined as perception governed by proprioceptors, as awareness of the position of one’s body.

Medical Defintion

The unconscious perception of movement and spatial orientation arising from stimuli within the body itself.

Scientific Definition

The unconscious perception of movement and spatial orientation arising from stimuli within the body itself. In humans, these stimuli are detected by nerves within the body itself, as well as by the semicircular canals of the inner ear.

Proprioception

Proprioception

How do you know where your fingers are, or how much force your muscles are exerting? The terms proprioception and kinaesthesia cover these sensations.

Proprioception is tested by police officers using the field sobriety test to check for alcohol intoxication. The subject is required to touch his or her nose with eyes closed. Subjects with normal proprioception will have no trouble touching the end of their nose while people suffering from impaired proprioception due to alcohol intoxication fail due to difficulty locating their limbs in space relative to their noses.

Body position is perceived both at the conscious and unconscious levels. The information of conscious proprioception is utilized to facilitate complex motor activity, while unconscious proprioception facilitates basic posturing during sitting, standing and simple gait activities. Defects in the conscious proprioception system manifest as stumbling. Defects anywhere along the unconscious proprioceptive pathways may manifest as postural or ataxia represented by an unsteady “stomping” gait with heavy heel strikes.

Proper proprioception may be affected by injury, infections, antibiotics, and heavy metals. To over simplify proprioception: It is how your brain communicates the proper nerve and muscle response to your external limbs. For example: Imagine driving down a highway at seventy miles an hour during the day with excellent visibility. Now imagine driving down that same highway at seventy miles an hour at night in a torrential rain storm. During the day you will be able to maintain a consistent distance from the center stripe; conversely at night in a torrential rain storm you will be concentrating and working harder to keep the vehicle between the center stripe and the shoulder of the highway. Weaving between the center stripe and shoulder is unavoidable. The same happens to a human when proper proprioception has been impaired or disrupted. Not only is athletic performance inhibited, but standing, walking, sitting, and any other motor function is made more difficult.

Why Does Proper Proprioception Matter?

Proprioception

Proper proprioception is imperative for neurological, physiological, and organ function. The brain is the major control center for the body and if it is receiving improproper or distorted input then the output will be distorted as well. If this continues the result is a diseased state within the body.

How the brain communicates with the body physiologically and neurologically will determine the percieved health of the body. Once you grasp this concept it will be understood that there is a fine line between good health and disease. This perception is important because it determines the body’s status as “healthy” or “diseased”.

Low level laser therapy is a relatively new technology and the potential benefits associated with this modality has only yet to be exploited.

Proper proprioception can be achieved with low level laser therapy (LLLT) through simple observation, education, and proper instruction.

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Disclaimer

Please note that low level laser therapy does not work for every person. This system is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, mitigate or prevent disease. We recommend consulting with your physician or health care professional if you have a disease, medical condition, or concerned about a health related issue.

This system and the statements on this site have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration and make no claims to cure any illness, disease, or ailment. This website and Lectro Life Technologies, LLC do not make claims, diagnose, mitigate, treat, nor cure any physiological, emotional, neurological, or spiritual conditions. None of the information provided on this site is intended to act as a substitute for medical counseling.