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Laser Pain Management
The reality of laser therapy is that both Class 3B and Class 4 lasers will benefit your patients, but they do so differently. Research indicates that Class 3B super-pulsed lasers tend to be better at reducing inflammation and that Class 4 continuous wave lasers tend to be better at treating pain and tissue healing. Finally, you can get both types in one high powered system!
The goal of laser therapy is to deliver light energy units from infrared laser radiation, called photons, to damaged cells. The consensus of experts is that photons absorbed by the cells through laser therapy stimuate the mitochondria to accelerate production of ATP. This biochemical increase in cell energy is used to transform live cells from a state of illness to a stable, healthy state.
Laser therapy has been widely used in Europe for over 30 years.
Most laser therapy devices are class IIIB lasers or "cold" lasers. Their power ranges from 5 milliwatts to 500 milliwatts. The Irradia Laser also has a high-powered therapy device allowing for a wide range of treatment protocols beyond what most offices offer with "cold laser" units. This power and penetration of the class IV Laser system is not attainable with cold laser devices. BE AWARE THAT ALL LASER PAIN MANAGEMENT DEVICES ARE NOT CREATED EQUALLY!
Usually six to twelve sessions are sufficient to achieve a treatment goal. These sessions may be scheduled at two to three times per week for short duration treatment, or one to two treatments per week with longer treatment protocols. However; there has been great success and pain reduction with less than five treatments, but for long term results the recommended ten to fifteen sessions is best. Some notice results even with the first treatment!
The Class IV Irradia Laser system is built on FDA cleared specifications and is extremely safe provided it is applied by a properly trained professional. However, it is not used over the eyes due to the sensitivity of the retina; therefore, all patients wear protective safety glasses during the treatment.
The Laser should be painless and has no side effects when applied by a professional. During treatment, the patient experiences a gentle warming effect, and at many times a profound feeling of relaxation.
Coherence of laser has a greater penetration ability and higher therapeutic value than noncoherent light, although wavelengths specific to photobiomodulation will provide a therapeutic application regardless of the source. The laser therapy system however provides high-power laser in specific wavelengths that dramatically decrease treatment times and improve deep tissue penetration. Faster treatment time is a great benefit to the busy individual.
Yes, multiple researchers throughout the world are finding therapeutic application of different infrared wavelengths as well as other visible light wavelengths such as red, green, and blue frequencies and their effects on tissues. Advances in laser application and delivery include variations in modulation or frequency and intensity as well as different treatment wavelengths. These variations in laser delivery produce different effects on tissues resulting in shorter treatment times and better treatment outcomes. There are limitations in low-level laser therapy because of dramatic absorption of infrared in the subcutaneous tissues. It is difficult for lasers under 200 milliwatts to penetrate beyond a few centimeters. The Class IIIB Superpulsed 240 milliwatt and Class IV 900 milliwatt therapy lasers are the front-runner in high-power laser therapy systems and will continue to improve as new applications develop.