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Vol 8, No 3 (2009)
Review articles
Published online: 2009-11-02
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The low level laser in palliative care

Ruben. S. van Coevorden
Advances in Palliative Medicine 2009;8(3):83-88.

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Vol 8, No 3 (2009)
Review articles
Published online: 2009-11-02

Abstract

It has been some forty years since the first publications emerged on the biological effects of low-powered lasers. Therapies with this kind of light have far outgrown their infancy and are now showing themselves to be a treatment that has come of age. The question is no longer whether low level laser treatment is effective but, far more interestingly, debates are being held about its most effective use. In the United States of America, Australia, the United Kingdom and Scandinavia, low level laser therapy (LLLT) is a well-accepted and widely-used form of treatment for a wide range of medical conditions. In the Netherlands, LLLT is mainly known for its success in helping people to stop smoking. LLLT has so much more to offer.

Abstract

It has been some forty years since the first publications emerged on the biological effects of low-powered lasers. Therapies with this kind of light have far outgrown their infancy and are now showing themselves to be a treatment that has come of age. The question is no longer whether low level laser treatment is effective but, far more interestingly, debates are being held about its most effective use. In the United States of America, Australia, the United Kingdom and Scandinavia, low level laser therapy (LLLT) is a well-accepted and widely-used form of treatment for a wide range of medical conditions. In the Netherlands, LLLT is mainly known for its success in helping people to stop smoking. LLLT has so much more to offer.
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Keywords

low level laser; biological effects; pain

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Title

The low level laser in palliative care

Journal

Advances in Palliative Medicine

Issue

Vol 8, No 3 (2009)

Pages

83-88

Published online

2009-11-02

Bibliographic record

Advances in Palliative Medicine 2009;8(3):83-88.

Keywords

low level laser
biological effects
pain

Authors

Ruben. S. van Coevorden

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