What is the advantage of laser therapy over other forms of therapy?
Class IV Laser therapy does not require the use of drugs or surgery. The therapy is quick and convenient. Studies have shown that it is equal to or more effective than comparable forms of physical therapy such as ultrasound and far infrared. It is especially effective for deep structures in the joints and tendon/ligament that other form of physical therapy is unable to reach. Some pain relief is often immediate.
How does Class IV Laser work?
Class IV Laser therapy is a photo bio-chemical process. The laser photons increase the cells ability to take in oxygen and nutrients and pass out wastes and toxins. It further increases the permeability of the cell, which allows for a sharp decrease in swelling, pain and inflammation. These high-powered photons react with the chromophores in the mitochondria of the cells to produce Adenosine Tri Phosphate (ATP), the chemical energy required for healing and rejuvenation. One research study demonstrated a blocking effect in the inflammatory cascade much like that of a COX inhibiting anti-inflammatory. The light photons have been shown to inhibit a chemical known as Prostaglandin E2 as well as another cytokine called Interleukin 1B thereby effecting a block in the inflammatory cascade relieving pain. In simple English it accelerates healing and restoration of function by turning light energy into healing energy!
Does it hurt? What does the treatment feel like?
There is usually little or no sensation during treatment. Occasionally one feels mild, soothing warmth. Laser treatment is relaxing and some people even fall asleep. On the other hand, in some cases pain can increase or begin 6-24 hours after a treatment session. This is because the laser light starts the healing process. All healing begins with a slight amount of mild inflammation. This type of pain is particularly likely to arise when the health problems are chronic in nature and the nerves are highly sensitized. It usually subsides after a few days but can, in rare cases, may last longer.
How long does the treatment take?
The typical course of treatment is 10-minutes, depending on the size of the area treated. Acute conditions may be treated daily, particularly if they are accompanied by significant pain. Problems that are more chronic respond better when treatments are received 2 to 3 times a week. Treatment plans are determined on an individual basis.
How many treatments does it take?
This depends on the nature of the condition being treated. For some acute conditions, 2 to 6 treatments may be sufficient. More chronic conditions may require 10-15 sessions. Conditions such as severe arthritis may require ongoing periodic care to control pain.
How long before results are felt?
You may feel improvement in your condition after the very first treatment. Each treatment is cumulative and results are often felt after 2 to 4 sessions. Treatments just take a few minutes, however the therapeutic effect continues to sooth and heal long after you leave our office.
Are the results long lasting?
Therapeutic Laser Therapy is about healing the actual injured area. It's not about masking or covering up a condition. Therefore, results have been found to be quite long lasting.
Can it be used in conjunction with other forms of treatment?
Our office often combines class IV laser therapy with other forms of therapy, including chiropractic manipulaiton, massage and soft tissue mobilization, Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression and other physical therapy modalities.
Is this the same thing as “cold laser treatment”?
Cold laser is defined as Class IIIB laser. Our laser is a Class-4 Deep Tissue Laser with much deeper penetrating power. No class -2 or Class-3 laser on the market today can come close to the fast-acting therapeutic effects of Class-4 device. Many patients who have tried cold laser therapy with no success previously were able to feel significant improvement after just ONE Class IV laser treatment.
Is Class IV Laser therapy covered by medical insurance?
How do I know if laser therapy is right for me?
We will evaluate your condition and perform a complementary laser therapy consultation to determine if you are a candidate for this procedure. Under most circumstances, treatments can begin right away after an exam by the doctor. The only real way to know is to try a course of therapy.