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What is Laser Therapy?
Laser Therapy, or “photobiomodulation”, is the use of specific wavelengths of light (red and near-infrared) to create therapeutic effects. These effects include improved healing time, pain reduction, increased circulation and decreased swelling. Laser Therapy has been widely utilized in Europe by physical therapists, nurses and doctors as far back as the 1970’s. Now, after FDA clearance in 2002, Laser Therapy is being used extensively in the United States.
What are the benefits of Laser Therapy?
Laser Therapy is proven to biostimulate tissue repair and growth. The Laser accelerates wound healing and decreases inflammation, pain, and scar tissue formation. In the management of chronic pain, Class IV Laser Therapy can provide dramatic results, is non-addictive and virtually free of side effects.
Bio “Life” stimulation and tissue regeneration are the first effects cited in much of the literature. How many therapies can make such a claim?
Laser therapy adds energy to living systems. While we are able to explain many of its molecular and biochemical effects, it also adds energy at atomic and subatomic levels.
Has effectiveness been demonstrated scientifically?
Yes. There are thousands of published studies demonstrating the clinical effectiveness of Laser Therapy. Among these, there are more than one hundred rigorously controlled, scientific studies that document the effectiveness of laser for many clinical conditions.
What are the cellular Effects of Laser Therapy?
During Laser Therapy the infrared laser light interacts with tissues at the cellular level and metabolic activity increases within the cell, improving the transport of nutrients across the cell membrane. This initiates the production of cellular energy (ATP) that leads to a cascade of beneficial effects, increasing cellular function and health.
During each painless treatment laser energy increases circulation, drawing water, oxygen, and nutrients to the damaged area. This creates an optimal healing environment that reduces inflammation, swelling, muscle spasms, stiffness, and pain. As the injured area returns to normal, function is restored and pain is relieved.
What’s different about the K-LASER vs. other LASER’s that are out there?
It’s the only LASER on the market with a four Wavelength/Triple Delivery Mode.
The K-Laser was the first to employ three infrared wavelengths simultaneously of 800 nm, 905 nm, and 970 nm and combine them with a 660 nm visible beam. These Four Wavelengths are more efficient, healing the tissue while also aiding in pain relief. Combine this with Three Distinct Delivery Modes (Continuous Wave, Frequency Modulated, and Intense SuperPulse), and you have a therapeutic laser solution that offers as much variety as the conditions and patients you treat.
Does it hurt? What does a treatment feel like?
You really don’t feel much…there is little or no sensation during treatment. Occasionally one feels mild, soothing warmth or tingling. Areas of pain or inflammation may be sensitive briefly before pain reduction.
Are there any side effects or associated risks?
During more than twenty years of use by healthcare providers all over the world, very few side effects have ever been reported. Occasionally some old injuries or pain syndromes may feel aggravated for a few days, as the healing response is more active after treatment.
Increased pain my be due to an increase in localized blood flow, increased vascular activity, increased cellular activity, or a number of other effects.
During more than forty years of use of therapeutic lasers all over the world, very few side effects have ever been reported. Contrasted with the side effects from prescription drugs or surgery, laser therapy has an amazingly safe track record.
How long does each treatment take?
Thanks to the higher power output of a Class IV Therapeutic Laser such as the K-Laser, treatment times are shortened, so you can get on with your busy life. Most treatments take only a few minutes. The typical treatment is 3 to 9 minutes, depending on the size of the area being treated.
How often should a patient be treated?
Acute conditions may be treated daily, particularly if they are accompanied by significant pain. More chronic problems respond better when treatments are received 2 to 3 times a week, tapering to once a week or once every other week, with improvement.
How many treatments does it take?
This depends on the nature of the condition being treated. For some acute conditions, 3 to 6 treatments may be sufficient. Those of a more chronic nature may require 10 to 15 (or more) treatments. Conditions such as severe arthritis may require ongoing periodic care to control pain.
Many patients note improvement in their condition in just one or two sessions. These sessions may be scheduled at two to three times per week for a number of weeks and then one to two times a week until the condition is under control. For more chronic conditions, one to two times a week is usually used for a longer period of time.
If you don’t want to come back for more laser therapy, consider the alternative…worsening symptoms and/or long term medication use.
How long before the results are felt?
You may feel improvement in your condition (usually pain reduction) after the very first treatment. Sometimes you will not feel improvement for a number of treatments. This does not mean that nothing is happening. Each treatment is cumulative and results are often felt after 3 or 4 sessions.
Can it be used in conjunction with other forms of treatment?
Yes! Laser Therapy is often used with other forms of therapy, including physical therapy, chiropractic adjustments, massage, soft tissue mobilization, electrotherapy and even following surgery. Other healing modalities are complementary and can be used with laser to increase the effectiveness of the treatment.
What is the history of LASER technology?
The effects of red light on cellular function have been known since 1880 however the clinical benefits were only discovered by accident during laser safety tests in 1967. 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 does laser therapy do anyway?
Physiological effects of Laser Therapy:
- Decreased pain levels
- Reduced inflammation
- Increased tissue proliferation & regeneration
- Accelerated soft tissue and bone repair
- Increased tissue tensile strength
- Enhanced nerve regeneration & function
- Increased cell metabolism
- Increased enzymatic responses
- Increased cell membrane potentials
- Increased microcirculation & vasodilation
- Increased lymphatic flow
- Increased collagen production
- Enhanced angiogenesis (creation of new blood vessels)
What is the power of most laser therapy devices on the market?
Low laser therapy devices are class III lasers whose powers range from 5 milliwatts to 500 milliwatts. The K-Cube 4 is a high-powered (Class IV) therapy device with power adjustable from 100 milliwatts to 15,000 milliwatts (15 watts), allowing for a wide range of treatment protocols. This power and penetration of the K-Laser system is not attainable with cold laser (Class III) devices.
Why is Laser Therapy better than some other forms of treatment?
It does not require the use of drugs or surgery, it’s very safe with less side effects or risks, and it is quick and convenient. Studies have shown that it is equal to or more effective than other forms of rehabilitation.
What type of conditions can Class IV LASER therapy help with?
Tendinopathies ∙ Carpal Tunnel Syndrome ∙ Myofascial Trigger Points ∙ Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow) ∙ Ligament Sprains ∙ Muscle Strains ∙ Repetitive Stress Injuries ∙ Chondromalacia Patellae ∙ Plantar Fasciitis ∙ Rheumatoid Arthritis ∙ Osteoarthritis ∙ Shoulder, Back & Knee Pain ∙ Herpes Zoster (Shingles) ∙ Post-Traumatic Injury ∙ Trigeminal Neuralgia∙ Fibromyalgia ∙ Diabetic Neuropathy ∙ Venous Ulcers ∙ Diabetic Foot Ulcers ∙ Burns ∙ Deep Edema / Congestion ∙ Sports Injuries ∙ Auto & Work Related Injuries
Soft Tissue Injuries
Back and Neck Pain
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Myofascical Trigger Points
Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow and golfer’s elbow)
Sprains, Strains, muscle “pulls”
Repetitive Stress Injuries
Patello Femoral Syndrome
Ilio Tibial Band Syndrome
Degenerative Joint Conditions
Most Sports Injuries
Herpes Zoster (Shingles)
RSD/CRPS (reflex sympathetic dystrophy/chronic regional pain syndrome)
Chronic Non-Healing Wounds
Diabetic Foot Ulcers