Lasery therapy is used for the relief of pain, to accelerate healing, and decrease inflammation. When laser is used, the photons penetrate several centimeters and are absorbed by the mitochondria, the energy producing part of a cell. This energy fuels many positive physiological responses resulting the in the restortion of normal cell morphology and function. Laser therapy has been successfully used to treat a broad range of medical conditions including musculoskeletal problems, arthritis, and sports injuries.
The goal of laser therapy is to stimulate the cell to perform it's natural functions, but at an enhanced rate. Laser therapy targets hemoglobin and cytochrome oxidase to help with cellular respiration.
It should also be noted that Class IV lasers can give 10 - 1000 times the energy per minute that a Class IIIb laser can. This equates into shorter treatment times and faster healing and tissue regeneration for the patient.
One very interesting development. Class IIIb lasers say that Class IV lasers are too strong or powerful. Yet, they consistently talk about super pulsing into the 2000w range. However, working power, which really controls healing, is still only 500mw. If their laser really went into the 2000w range, it would be classified as a Class IV. Additionally, the super pulse is only for a millionth of a second. How therapeutic can that be?
Secondly, Class IIIb laser manufacturers say POWER has nothing to do with treatment, it is all wavelength. If that was the case, why have any power in your laser at all? Just offer a laser with a 810 nm diode. Cheap and easy.
Think of power as this. Skin is highly reflective. If it wasn't, you would burn to a crisp from the sun. Imagine your skin as a board. The nail is the wavelength. Your laser power is the hammer. Now, try to drive the nail (wavelength) into the board. (your skin). Will little taps of the hammer (laser power) drive the nail (wavelength) into the board (your skin) or do you need power to do so. The answer is simple, you need power, and that is why Class IV laser works so well.
As an example, treatment times are determined by joules of energy into the area being treated. An area you want to treat needs 3000 joules of energy to be therapeutic. A Class IIIb laser of 500mW (one of the stronger Class IIIb lasers) would take 100 minutes of treatment time to give the necessary treatment energy into the tissue to be therapeutic. The ACCU LASER 2.0 Class IV laser only needs FIVE minutes to deliver the 3000 joules of energy. Ask your patients, 95% of them will tell you that the Class IV laser is light years ahead in pain relief and therapeutic rehab over any Class IIIb laser.
Remember...photobiomodulation can only happen if the laser you are using can deliver enough energy and drive that energy DEEP enough to instigate photobiomodulation. Many Class III lasers do not have this power, or it takes 10 times as long to achieve the results.
Unlike pharmacological treatments that mask pain or only address the symptoms of disease, laser therapy treats the underlying condition or pathology to promote healing. This means that the treatments are effective and the benefits of laser therapy are long lasting.
BENEFITS OF CLASS IV LASER THERAPY:
1. Anti Inflammation
3. Accelerated tissue repair and cell growth
4. Improved vascular activity
5. Increased metabolic activity
6. Painless treatment
7. Restores normal ranges of motion
8. No known adverse side effects
9. May make surgery unecessary
10. Easily applied
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