Class III lasers are capable of penetration of only a few millimeters, while Class IV lasers can penetrate over 4 inches into the deep musculoskeletal tissue. The new lasers have been researched in European countries for several years, and it has been discovered that specific wattage and modulation are now used for specific conditions, never before available until now. The perfect blend of chiropractic and laser therapy produces phenomenal results in extremely short periods of time.
The number of treatments required depends on the nature of the problem and the length of time the patient has been affected by it. Chronic and/or deep-seated conditions may take as many as 10 treatments and perhaps more with extreme cases. There are no known side effects from laser therapy. Though laser therapy is contraindicated for patients taking light sensitive drugs, use in areas injected by steroids within 7 days, and is not to be used over the Thyroid gland or in the eye.
The laser works by creating vasodilatation, bringing in oxygen to the cells. It stimulates the lymphatic system, pulling edema and inflammation from the area. ATP (Adenosine triphosphate) production is stimulated in the cells helping them have the energy to function normally. The pain reflex is broken, offering immediate relief of pain. In other words, “it brings in the good stuff and gets rid of the bad stuff”.
The first low-power lasers suitable for treating pain became available commercially in the late 1970’s and ever since then, laser therapy has been widely utilized in Europe by physical therapists, nurses and doctors. Now, after FDA approval in 2001, laser therapy is quickly gaining popularity in the USA.
What health problems may benefit from Laser Therapy?
- Low Back and Neck Strain
- Bulging, Fused or Slipped Discs
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS)
- Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow)
- Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ)
- Arthritic Conditions (osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis)
- Post Surgical Recovery
- Headaches, including Migraine and Sinus
- Sports Injuries (Pulled Hamstrings, Rotator cuff, Calves Etc.)
- Plantar Fasciitis
- And many more joint, muscle, circulatory and inflammatory conditions