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Ultra-Low-Level Laser Therapy and Acupuncture Libralux: What Is so Special?

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MMDD Centre of Pain Therapy and Angiology Cassino (FR), 03043 Cassino (FR), Italy
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FKT Fisiocrea Srl Baldissero Canavese, 10080 Baldissero Canavese (TO), Italy
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FKT Freelance, Via C. Colombo, 00124 Rome, Italy
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FKT Rehability Center Padova, 35132 Padova, Italy
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MD Ophthalmologist Acupuncturist Oculistica Viva Eye Clinic Bologna, Via U. Lenzi, 40122 Bologna, Italy
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MD Prof. IRET Foundation, 40064 Ozzano Emilia, Bologna, Italy; Interdepartmental Centre for Industrial Research in Health Sciences and Technologies, University of Bologna, 40136 Bologna, Italy
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Eng. Freelance MD Consultant, Sal. Maggiolo di Nervi, 16167 Genova, Italy
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Medicines 2019, 6(1), 40; https://doi.org/10.3390/medicines6010040
Received: 19 February 2019 / Revised: 5 March 2019 / Accepted: 12 March 2019 / Published: 14 March 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Innovative Laser Medicine and Traditional Acupuncture Therapy)
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Abstract

Background: Contrary to the most credited theories on laser therapy that see power/energy as the major factors to its effectiveness, a technique using an extremely low power/energy laser stimulation to treat musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction is proposed. The stimulus consists of a 20 s train of modulated pulses with an average power below 0.02 mW and is applied on sequences of acupuncture points selected according to the impaired segment of the patient’s body. Methods: Modifications on the extracellular soft tissue matrix and on the “fascia” were sonographically demonstrated. Laboratory and clinical tests confirmed the effectiveness. Results: Responses similar to those experienced in acupuncture were observed. The device—a CE Class IIa certified medical device named Libralux—affords a clinically proven effectiveness exceeding 80% in the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions and associated motor dysfunctions. An average of just three application sessions was generally sufficient to overcome the dysfunction. Conclusions: The development of the method is supported by over 20 years of R&D activities, with a range of experiments discussed in several papers published in indexed peer-reviewed journals. A few considerations regarding the possible physiological action mechanisms involved are proposed in this paper. View Full-Text
Keywords: laserpuncture; musculoskeletal disorder; musculoskeletal pain; photobiomodulation; pulse-modulated laser emission laserpuncture; musculoskeletal disorder; musculoskeletal pain; photobiomodulation; pulse-modulated laser emission
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Evangelista, L.; De Meo, B.; Bernabei, G.; Belloni, G.; D’Angelo, G.; Vanzini, M.; Calzà, L.; Gallamini, M. Ultra-Low-Level Laser Therapy and Acupuncture Libralux: What Is so Special? Medicines 2019, 6, 40.

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