Laser Therapy

Class IV laser therapy is a cutting-edge treatment shown in trials to reduce localized pain and inflammation, along with other benefits.


Increase Healing, Reduce Pain & Create Optimal Health Without Drugs Or Surgery

M6 MLS laser therapy has been proven effective in treating many types of disorders in the muscular and skeletal systems. Laser therapy can help to treat sprains, strains, degenerative neuromuscular diseases, joint pain, inflammatory conditions due to circulatory stasis, reduced lymphatic drainage or trauma, superficial lesions, as well as bruising, fractures, and burns. M6 MLS therapy is non-invasive and can be applied directly to the area of concern. There are a limited number of contraindications. Please speak to one of our specialists at Grand Strand Health and Wellness to learn more! From day one it has always been our mission to invest in the best technology and people, in order to get you the greatest results possible. We take immense pride in caring for our community and offering our neighbors the latest non-invasive options. Are you ready to get and stay well? Avoid drugs, needles, and surgery and call our office now to schedule your consultation. Let us help you find the relief you have been searching for!


What is Laser Therapy and how does it work?

Laser therapy is a therapeutic treatment that uses light energy (photons) for tissue healing and pain reduction. The light energy penetrates deeply into damaged cells and stimulates cellular activity. As a result of exposure to the laser, the cells of tendons, ligaments, and muscles repair themselves. Light energy enters damaged cells and stimulates inter-cellular activity. This reduces pain in the area and speeds recovery of the damaged cells. Once the cells recover, the healing process is complete.

What is MLS?

MLS stands for “Multi-wave Lock System.” MLS is the name of the FDA-approved technology that utilizes a patented combination of unique wavelengths. The two wavelengths work together to deliver superior results compared to other kinds of laser therapy.

How is MLS different?

MLS Therapy uses two wavelengths to overcome the limits of traditional laser therapy. Continuous laser emissions act fast on inflammation, stimulating blood and lymphatic circulation and inducing fast re-absorption of fluid build-up. However, they pain relief is only a secondary result, and is diminished after reducing the inflammatory process. The pulsed laser emissions from the MLS, on the other hand, have a practically immediate effect on pain. They are able to induce analgesia (pain relief) by interfering with the very transmission of the pain impulse to the higher brain centers, but they are less effective at treating inflammation and edema.

What is the advantage of MLS therapy over traditional low level lasers? (LLLT)

Until recently, there have been only pulsed light lasers that control swelling and continuous light lasers that control pain, but no laser system that does both. Current traditional laser therapy provides partial treatment (at best) by reducing inflammation or pain, but never both at the same time. MLS Therapy is able to induce strong anti-inflammatory, anti-edema, and analgesic effects simultaneously and within a short period of time. LLLT cannot achieve these results due to the limitations of using one or two wavelengths that are not synchronized. The patented control system that generates the MLS pulse synchronizes the emissions to achieve results previously unattainable. Thanks to this characteristic synchronization, the various therapeutic effects not only take place at the same time but reciprocally reinforce each other.

How was MLS Therapy developed and tested?

MLS Therapy has been developed and tested following a strict course of biomedical and clinical research. The effectiveness of the combination of emissions making up the MLS laser was initially tested over nearly three decades of world-class research through in vitro tests on cellular cultures, then in vivo on animals, and finally by means of controlled clinical trials run by major state-of-the-art health organizations for treating traumatic and degenerative painful diseases.

What are the most common indications for therapy?

Pain Relief
Intervertebral Disc Disease
Degenerative Joint Disease
Arthritic Conditions
Muscular/Skeletal System Trauma
Joint Pain
Inflammatory Conditions

What conditions does it treat?

Arthritis & Bursitis
Sports Injuries
Chronic & Acute Pain
Tendon & Ligament Injuries
Neck Injuries
Shoulder Injuries
Tendonitis Muscle Strains
Back & Joint Pain
Plantar Faciitis
Back Injuries

What are the benefits?

No known side effects
Painless and non-invasive
Rapid relief of pain
Strong anti-inflammatory effect
Timely healing of sprains & strains
Rapid recovery of the structural integrity of injured regions
Rapid reduction of swelling
Immediate improvement of local blood circulation
Rapid repair of superficial injuries, such as wounds and ulcers

What can I expect during a treatment?

MLS Laser Therapy is a painless treatment that only takes a few minutes. Some patients have stated they feel a comfortable, warm sensation in the area being treated, while other patients usually don’t feel the laser. There is no pain, heat, redness, or swelling during or after treatment.

What can I expect after the treatment?

Most patients experience positive results in 1 to 3 treatments, with the average course of treatment being 7 to 10 sessions. Any swelling is greatly reduced and there is a rapid relief of pain. Acute conditions usually subside quickly, typically within one phase of treatments, and chronic conditions can be controlled with regular treatments. The effects of MLS Laser Therapy are cumulative: expect to see improvement as you proceed through your treatment plan. It is critical that once you start, you complete the course of treatments recommended by your doctor or symptoms are likely to reoccur.

What are some of the contraindications for therapy lasers?

The MLS laser is used for symptomatic treatment and is contraindicated where analgesia may mask progressive pathology (as in conditions including certain cancers), and should not be used when the clinician would normally avoid the use of any other analgesia in order to retain the beneficial aspects of pain.

Class IV lasers are potentially harmful to the retina, though accidental retinal damage is unlikely. Both patient and practitioner must wear laser safety eyewear appropriate for the NIR wavelength.

Do not use MLS laser therapy over a pregnant uterus. It may be used on the pregnant patient in addition to other treatments.

The laser should not be used over the thyroid gland.

It is conceivable that laser-mediated vasodilatation (expansion of blood vessels) may worsen a hemorrhage.

Laser therapy is contraindicated for patients on certain drugs.

Are Cutting Edge MLS Therapy Lasers class IV lasers?

This type of laser is a state-of-the-art class IV infrared cold laser with a peak power of 25 watts. MLS Therapy Lasers are FDA-cleared, patented via the US Patent Office, and compliant with CE Quality Systems. It is the only laser with dual wavelengths that are synchronized in such a way as to achieve better results in a much shorter period when compared to other laser therapies.

How deep does the laser penetrate into the patient?

The laser light will penetrate between 3-5 cm based on a variety of factors including skin thickness and target area. The effects of the light are often transmitted deeper into the body, mirroring some of the same effects of lasers that penetrate deeper than 5 cm.

Safety Considerations

The operator and patient MUST wear the provided safety glasses when performing a treatment. Never look directly at the laser beam. Be aware that jewelry (watches, rings, etc.) and other metal surfaces can reflect laser light.
Note: It is critical to have safety glasses that block the specific wavelength of light produced by the MLS laser.

Biological Effects of Laser Therapy

1) Anti-Inflammation: Laser therapy has an anti-edema effect because it triggers vasodilatation, increasing blood flow to the affected area, while also activating the lymphatic drainage system, reducing swelling.
2) Anti-Pain (Analgesic): Laser therapy has a highly beneficial effect on nerve cells, blocking the pain signals transmitted by the nerves and decreasing nerve sensitivity. Also, due to less inflammation, there is less edema and less pain. Another pain blocking mechanism involves the production of high levels of pain-killing chemicals, such as endorphins and encephalin.
3) Accelerated Tissue Repair and Cell Growth: Photons of light from lasers penetrate deeply into tissue and accelerate cellular reproduction and growth. The laser light increases the energy available to the cells, allowing them to more efficiently absorb nutrients and dispose of waste products. As a result of exposure to laser light, the cells of tendons, ligaments, and muscles can repair themselves faster than they could without treatment.
4) Improved Vascular Activity: Laser light will significantly increase the formation of new capillaries in damaged tissue, helping to speed up the healing process and reducing scar tissue.
5) Increases Metabolic Activity: Laser therapy creates higher outputs of specific enzymes, allowing blood cells to carry more oxygen and nutrients throughout the body.
6) Trigger Points and Acupuncture Points: Laser therapy stimulates muscle trigger points and acupuncture points, providing musculoskeletal pain relief without needles or pressure.
7) Reduced Fibrous Tissue Formation: Laser therapy can reduce the formation of scar tissue following tissue damage from cuts, scratches, burns, or surgery.
8) Improved Nerve Function: Slow recovery of nerve functions in damaged tissue can result in numbness and impaired mobility. Laser light helps speed the process of nerve cell reconnection, leading to optimized muscle action.
9) Immunoregulation: Laser light directly affects the immune system by stimulating special cells called immunoglobines and lymphocytes. Laser therapy is absorbed by chromophores (molecule enzymes) that react to laser light. The enzyme flavomono-nucleotide is activated and starts the production of ATP (adenosine-tri-phosphate), which is the major carrier of cell energy and the energy source for all chemical reactions in the cells. This increased energy allows cells to optimize their functions and helps them to fight off outside threats, bolstering the immune system.
10) Faster Wound Healing: Laser light stimulates fibroblast development (fibroblasts are the building blocks of collagen, the most important material in wound healing) in damaged tissue. Collagen is the essential protein required to replace old tissue or to repair tissue injuries. As a result, laser therapy is effective on open wounds and burns.


Laser Therapy is contraindicated for those patients who:
1) Have known sensitivity to the device
2) Take anticoagulants
3) Take medication that is known to increase sensitivity to sunlight (such as many antibiotics)
4) Have seizure disorders triggered by light
5) Are pregnant (the laser is not recommended to be used over a pregnant uterus)
6) Suspected of carrying a serious infectious disease and/or a disease which makes exposure to high temperatures unadvisable (such as HIV/AIDS)
7)Have hemorrhagic diatheses

The device should not be used:
1) Anywhere near the eye
2) Over areas of suspected or known cancerous tissue
3) Over areas of active hemorrhage
4) Over areas injected with steroids in the past 2-3 weeks
5) Over the thoracic area if the patient is using a pacemaker
6) Over the sympathic ganglia
7) Over the vagus nerve
8) Over the neck (thyroid or carotid sinus region)
9) Over or near bone growth centers until bone growth is complete- No one under 16 years old
10) Over areas where analgesia may mask progressive pathology
11) Over areas affected by anesthesia
12) Over an area of the spinal cord following laminectomy (three months minimum after the procedure)
13) On ischemic tissue where the blood supply would be unable to follow the increase in metabolic demand and tissue necrosis might result
14) For symptomatic local pain relief unless a pain syndrome has been diagnosed or unless etiology is established


Patients using topical or systemic steroids or NSAIDs for pain or skin conditions may experience mild flare-ups of their symptoms. If such a reaction occurs, MLS laser therapy should be discontinued.
It is possible that pressure from the “head” of the laser may cause slight bruising.
Some patients may suffer a slight increase in pain. Patients should be warned of this possibility prior to laser therapy.

Treatment Effectiveness

If symptoms do not change in three sessions, treatment parameters have to be checked and modified, and – if necessary – the diagnosis has to be revised.

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