One of the unique features of LLLT is that there are very few true contraindications.
This means that the therapy can be used in a wide variety of applications
1. THYROID GLAND – While
research results have been at odds, the current consensus is to avoid
the area of the thyroid
2. PREGNANCY – Prudent
medical care dictates that LLLT not be performed over the uterus of
a known pregnant
3. KNOWN CANCER TUMOR – Although
the research is again at odds in this case, the recommendation is to
over or near a known
primary or secondary carcinoma lesion or tumor.
4. RADIATION THERAPY PATIENT – Because
LLLT has been documented to have an effect on the human immune system,
patients taking immunosuppressant
medications, LLLT is not recommended at this time. Several studies have
demonstrated positive effects of LLLT in counteracting radiation therapy
nausea; however, more research is needed.
5. TREATMENT OF OVERSYMPATHETIC
vagus nerves and cardiac regions of patients with known heart disease
are not recommended for LLLT.
- ALLEGED CONTRAINDICATIONS -
1. PACEMAKERS – While
some have suggested caution in using LLLT in the presence of pacemakers,
no evidence has
LLLT uses light, no influence on the pacemaker results from its use.
2. EPILEPSY – Pulsed
visible light can have an effect on certain individuals susceptible
to this condition,
laser light (as is provided by the ML-830) has had no reported detrimental
effect on seizure-susceptible patients.
3. DIABETICS – While
this has been suggested as a contraindication, no evidence has been
found to show
could aggravate symptoms.
In fact several studies have shown dramatic improvement in healing of
wounds of diabetics with LLLT.
4. CHILDREN – The
concerns originally expressed for use of LLLT near growth plates in
have been found
unwarranted. No detrimental
bone growth effect has been documented, and in fact, LLLT in children
has been found to be beneficial in pediatric fractures.
- GENERAL PRECAUTIONS -
Because the ML-830 laser emits invisible infrared light, use of it in
the area of the face and around the eyes must proceed with appropriate
care and caution. Invisible infrared laser light penetrating the eye may
cause serious harm after extended exposure. Therefore, the use of the
provided protective glasses for the patient and clinician is advised.