How are treatments administered?
The laser hand-piece is held
approximately 1/4-1/2 inch directly above the skin and surrounding the area
of injury and pain with the laser treatment beam.
How many treatments are need?
Deep penetrating Class IV lasers produces results
quickly. For most ACUTE conditions around five to six treatments are
needed, though often the benefits are felt in as few as one. CHRONIC conditions may take between six to twelve
treatments. While these are the averages, each person is unique
and healing time varies by person and condition.
Does this type of laser have serious side effects?
Laser Therapy has been in use for over thirty years around
the world. There are rarely side effects reported.
Occasionally some aggravation of old injuries can occur, but these are self-limiting and improve in a day or two.
In most cases improvements are felt and few side effects are noted by the patient.
How long will the treatment take?
Depending on the condition, treatment times for this drug-free,
non-invasive procedure will last between 10 and 20 minutes on average. It may be longer
based on the size of area, depth of penetration needed and
condition being treated.
Is the treatment painful?
Rarely does a patient report pain. Instead,most patients report a mild warming sensation.
Many patients also experience
reduced muscle tension and tightness, reduced inflammation and
improved range of motion.
When can normal activity begin resume?
Immediately. though it is important to remember to not
overexert for a few days, as the body is still healing.
Will insurance cover treatments?
Laser therapy is often not covered by insurance plans.
Treatments are inexpensive.
How does this form of laser therapy work?
Photons of laser light penetrate the skin and
underlying tissue, they are absorbed by the cells, and converted
into energy. The cell membrane permeability is altered, which
triggers a cascade of cellular events including:
• Stimulation of ATP
• Stimulation of respiratory chain
• Increased DNA and RNA synthesis
• Increased levels of beta endorphins and serotonin
• Enhanced collagen synthesis
What advantage does this form of laser therapy have over pain treatments?
The treatment does not require the use of drugs or
surgery, and there are no dangerous side effects or risks.
What is the difference between this form of laser (Class IV) and Cold Lasers (Class III)?
Cold Laser Therapy (or LLLT – Low Level Light Therapy) was
introduced into the USA in 2001 with low power levels. Since
that time new scientific and clinical discoveries have led to the
development of the higher power lasers that can penetrate deeper and increase cellular activity at a higher rate.