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MLS Laser Therapy

This FDA-cleared, Class IV technology synchronizes dual wavelengths with continuous and pulsed emissions bringing you the most advanced laser therapy system available on the market today. Contact our Greenville SC chiropractor today.

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Overview: Laser Therapy

The innovative and patented Multiwave Locked System (MLS) Therapy Laser was developed in an effort to produce an efficient and simultaneous effect on pain, inflammation, and edema, exceeding the limits of traditional LLLT (low power) and concerns of HP (high power) laser therapy. MLS technology delivers therapeutic wavelengths, 808nm (anti-edemic and anti-inflammatory) and 905nm (analgesic). An energetic synergy is created when delivering these wavelengths that produces greater anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects than either can produce on its own, while minimizing the risk of thermal damage. It is this unique combination and synchronization of continuous and pulsed emissions that characterizes MLS and distinguishes it from other Class IV lasers.

Unlike early-generation Class IV technology, MLS Laser Therapy has the capability to deliver controlled laser energy. This unique feature provides more accurate therapeutic dose delivery, which means consistent and repeatable results.


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What Is Laser Therapy?

Laser therapy uses light to favor and accelerate the body’s natural healing processes. The laser beam is moved over the skin so that the light energy (photons) penetrates the tissue where it interacts with various molecules (chromophores) that cause different biological effects. It produces a photochemical, photothermal and photomechanical effect.

There are many types of lasers. Each laser has different characteristics which produce a different effect. These characteristics include:

  • Energy: measured in joules
  • Time: Defined as the duration of irradiance of the target tissue and is measured in seconds. It is also known as Impulse Duration or called “impulse width”.
  • Wavelength: Penetration depth is directed by the laser emission wavelength and the type of tissue (chromophores).
  • Frequency: Defined as the number of impulses emitted during the unit of time (1 second) and should reflect the condition treated.
  • Power: the rate at which energy is delivered and is measured in watts.
  • Fluence: Energy Density or Dose
  • Irradiance (Also known as Power Density): Power delivered per unit area
  • Emission Mode: Continuous Wave (CW) or Pulsed Wave (PW)
  • Impulse Duration: Duration of laser emission, also called “impulse width”.

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Chiropractic Greenville SC Benefits Of MLS Laser Therapy

Benefits of MLS Laser Therapy

No Pain. All Gain.
In the current economic climate, physicians are facing significant pressure to find new revenue streams. Reimbursements from insurers – the primary source of income for many practices – are declining sharply as a result of political reforms. At the same time, market forces such as increased competition and patient consumerism are adding to the pressure. In this environment, practice owners have limited options for strengthening their financial position. MLS Laser Therapy can help.

MLS Laser Therapy allows physicians to leverage technology to provide higher quality patient care, while attracting new clients, generating additional revenue, and ultimately improving businesses’ bottom line.

Clinical Benefits
MLS Laser Therapy is quickly becoming the standard of care in alleviating both acute and chronic pain. This patented, FDA-cleared technology has an 85% – 90% efficacy rate in relieving pain and inflammation, eliminates risk from surgery and prescription pain killers, has no negative side effects, and restores patients’ lives.

Practitioners report that MLS Laser Therapy effectively treats pain and inflammation associated with the following conditions:

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Neuromas
  • Neuropathies
  • Arthritis
  • Sports Injuries
  • Tendon & Ligament Injuries
  • Back & Joint Pain
  • Muscle Sprains & Strains
  • Tendonitis
  • Wounds
  • Post-Surgical Swelling
  • Disc Disease

MLS Laser Therapy has an anti-edema effect as it causes vasodilation, but also because it activates the lymphatic drainage system which drains swollen areas. As a result, there is a reduction in swelling caused by bruising or inflammation.

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Biological Effects



Direct transfer of energy to the biological sublayers (endogenous or exogenic chromophores).

  • Enzymatic activation
  • Increase in ATP production
  • Modulation of cellular metabolism
  • Effect on pain perception threshold


Photothermic interaction is based on the conversion of option radiation into thermal energy which, at a microscopic level, occurs through the inelastic encounter between excited molecules following the absorption of photons.

  • Increase in circulation
  • Increased supply of oxygen and nutrients


The absorption of energy involves the formation of mechanical waves.

  • Production of an extracellular matrix (important in tissue repair & regeneration)
  • Acceleration of lymphatic peristalsis
  • Re-absorption of edemas
  • Reactivation of microcirculation



  • Increase in ATP synthesis
  • Increase in the production of RNA
  • Increase in cellular proliferation
  • Induction of differentiation processes
  • Release of growth factors (fibroblasts) and other substances
  • Increase in the production of molecules of the extracellular matrix (fibroblasts & condrocytes)


  • Modulation of the inflammatory processes
  • Remodeling of the extracellular matrix
  • Induction of lymphatic and vascular regeneration
  • Stimulation of the endothelial function
  • Reduction of the edema re-absorption times
  • Prevention against the formation of scar tissue and hyperkeratosic lesions


Analgesic Effect:

  • Blocking of pain stimulus conduction
  • Hyperemia and “wash out” of the algogenic substances
  • Increase in endorphin synthesis
  • Pain threshold modulation

Anti-Inflammatory And Anti-Edema Effect:

  • Increase in the caliber and modulation of lymphatic and capillary vessel permeability
  • Hyperemia and “wash out” of the pro-inflammatory molecules

Biostimulating Effect:

  • Increase in the supply of nutrients, oxygen, and growth factors
  • Cellular function activation
  • Modulation of cell proliferation and differentiation (e.g., nerve regeneration)
  • Increase of matrix protein synthesis
  • Reduction of scar tissue formation

Laser Classifications

Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) Class 3B

These lasers use very low power, are limited to surface biostimulation, and often require many treatment sessions and long treatment times. Results are only achieved at the end of the treatment cycle, and results are limited because of the use of only one or two wavelengths that are not synchronized.

High Power (HP) Class IV

These lasers were developed with the expectation that greater power corresponded to better efficiency. On the contrary, unless suitably controlled, high power can thermally damage the treated tissue. Therefore, the majority of high-power lasers cannot operate at their maximum power without causing damage.

Multiwave Locked System (MLS) Class IV

MLS Laser Therapy is a patented emission system created to achieve an efficient and simultaneous effect on pain, contracture, inflammation, and edema within a short period of time. The patented control system that generates the MLS pulse synchronizes the emissions to achieve optimum results. Due to this characteristic synchronization, the various therapeutic effects not only take place at the same time but reciprocally reinforce each other, without the risk of thermal damage.

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The Science

The patented MLS pulse was developed as a result of nearly three decades of scientific research that studied the biological and therapeutic effects of different emission components and methods.

The departments of biology at both the University of Turin (Italy) and the University of Padova (Brazil), as well as the Department of Anatomy and the Orthopedic Clinic at the University of Padova have studied and verified the remarkable effectiveness of MLS Laser Therapy.

To read the MLS Scientific Report, click here.

A collection of studies that demonstrate the effectiveness of MLS Laser Therapy can be read here: MLS® Laser Therapy – Innovation is built on results.


‘Mphi Family’ Diode Lasers – Mphi, Mphi5, Mphi Orange

Cleared via Section 510(k) on November 9, 2011, Number K111901

Conclusion: “The ASA ‘Mphi Family’ Diode Laser is a safe and effective device for the indications specified.”

Indications for Use: “The ASA ‘Mphi Family’ Diode Laser is intended to provide topical heating for the purpose of elevating tissue temperature for the temporary relief of muscle and joint pain and stiffness, arthritis pain, or muscle spasm, the temporary increase in local blood circulation and/or promoting relaxation of muscle.”

‘MLS Family’ Diode Lasers – MLS Mix5, MLS M1, MLS M6

Cleared via Section 510(k) on August 26, 2005, Number K051922

Conclusion: “The ‘MLSFamily’ Diode Laser is a safe and effective device for the indications specified.”

Indications for Use: “The ‘MLS Family’ Diode Laser is intended to provide topical heating for the purpose of elevating tissue temperature for the temporary relief of muscle and joint pain and stiffness, arthritis pain, or muscle spasm, the temporary increase in local blood circulation and/or promoting relaxation of muscle.”


  • bMLS Laser Therapy is patented.
  • United States Patent, No. US 8,251,982 B2
  • Date of Patent: August 28, 2012


“Apparatuses and methods for applying laser energy for therapeutic purposes (e.g., relief of pain and/or inflammation in tissues) are disclosed. The synchronization of two spatially overlapping energy forms having closely positioned emission axes and particular emission modalities can in many cases provide strengthened or even synergistic effects in the alleviation or treatment of multiple of acute and/or chronic conditions (e.g., pain and inflammation) afflicting a given tissue. The laser energy forms are characterized in terms of their power levels, activation times, activation periods, pulse durations, pulse periods, wavelengths, and other identified characteristics.

Frequently Asked Questions

The most common MLS Laser Therapy indications are pain relief, intervertebral disc disease, degenerative joint disease, arthritic conditions, muscular/skeletal system trauma, and inflammatory conditions.