CLASS 4 LASER
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High Power Laser Therapy (HPLT) offers patients a painless, non-surgical and side effect free treatment for conditions previously refractive to traditional medical care.
Conditions such as
- Peripheral Neuropathy
- Head and Neck Pain
- Back Pain (Stenosis, Disc Herniations and Sciatica)
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Foot and Heel Pain
- Ligament & Tendon Injuries
- Muscle Bruising
- Non-Healing Wounds
These listed symptoms respond well to HPLT. HPLT also accelerates wound healing and is especially helpful post surgically as it can significantly reduce recovery time. Patients who have undergone joint replacement can cut the rehab process by as much as 50% and more.
- Their pain and discomfort will quickly be controlled and the need for dangerous narcotics can be eliminated within a few treatments.
- Laser therapy heals at the cellular level to “bio-stimulate” tissue growth and repair. This results in accelerated wound healing as well as a dramatic decrease in pain, inflammation, and scar tissue formation.
- Unlike all other treatment modalities, laser therapy actually heals tissue as well as providing a powerful non-addictive form of pain management.
- The P4 superior results come from its ability to deliver healing laser energy to the target tissues at any depths. Simply put when it comes to traditional neuromusculoskeletal medicine or wound care the P4 Laser can outperform anything in medicine, safely and without the potential for side-effects.
AN EPIDEMIC OF PAIN
An estimated 50 million Americans live with chronic pain caused by disease, disorder or accident. An additional 25 million people suffer acute pain resulting from surgery or accident. Approximately two-thirds of these individuals have been living with this pain for more than five years.
The most common types of pain include arthritis, lower back, bone/joint pain, muscle pain and fibromyalgia. The loss of productivity and daily activity due to pain is substantial. In a study done in 2000, it was reported that 36 million Americans missed work in the previous year due to pain, and that 83 million indicated that pain affected their participation in various activities.
RESEARCH RESULTS FROM LASER THERAPY
- Injuries treated with laser therapy heal faster
- Laser Therapy strengthens tissue repair
- Laser Therapy improves blood flow & lymphatic drainage
- It provides effective pain relief
- It can improve immune response
- In fact, many conditions show signs of improvement after the first or second treatments.
Class IV Laser Therapy for Acute Injuries
Sports injuries and acute injuries in general vary widely in terms of the mechanism of injury, how the individual presents, and how the injury should be managed. Acute injuries can affect bone, articular cartilage, ligaments, muscles, tendons, bursae, nerves, and the skin, with conditions presenting such as periosteal contusions, sprains and strains, nerve damage or abrasions.
Acute injuries occur due to sudden trauma, and the symptoms present almost immediately. The mechanism of injury is that the force exerted on the tissue (i.e. muscle, tendon, ligament, and bone) exceeds its strength.
Common acute injuries include ankle sprains, muscle strains especially the quadriceps and hamstrings, fractures of the clavicle or fingers and shoulder dislocation. In all types of acute injuries, the body will rapidly respond with inflammation. The anciently recognized five characteristic signs of inflammation are redness (rubor), swelling (tumour), heat (calor), pain (dolor) and loss of function (functio laesa).
Many treatment methods seek to suppress or counter-act these five signs, with ice packs frequently being applied to the injured site. But does that help? Is there a better solution?
Photobiomodulation (PBM), more commonly known as laser therapy delivers red and infrared wavelengths of light to both superficial and deep tissues to enhance blood circulation, increase tissue oxygenation and improve metabolic activity. In turn this helps the body progress through the healing stages of inflammation, proliferation, remodeling, and maturation.
Class 4 therapeutic lasers can deliver multiple wavelengths of laser light, which in turn get absorbed by chromophores in the tissues. This creates a healing environment for acute injuries. Treatments with a class 4 therapeutic laser are safe and non-invasive. They can effectively treat the large volumes of tissue damaged in sports and acute injuries. Therapeutic lasers use light, there is no tissue heating in treatments for acute injuries.
Studies and clinical experience show that PBM treatments can and should be immediately after acute injury. The mechanism is to facilitate rather than suppress inflammation, leading to quicker reduction of pain and swelling while also contributing to growth of healthy collagen fibers.
Are you dealing with a sprained ankle, strained hamstring, or broken collarbone? Consider class 4 laser therapy as a new solution.
The most important clinical and therapeutic difference between Class IV Laser therapy and LLLT is that the Class IV is able to produce a primary biostimulative effect on deeper tissues than lower powered lasers— while also producing substantial secondary and tertiary effects.
An excellent treatment with a Class IV therapy laser would utilize several of these pulsation frequencies to produce a combination of analgesia, inflammation reduction, and biostimulation. Effective clinical results come from finesse, rather than simply dumping high doses of continuous wave energy on the tissue.
During a Class IV laser treatment, the treatment wand is kept in motion during the continuous wave phase, and is pressed into the tissues for several seconds during laser pulsation. Patients feel a mild warmth and relaxation. Since tissue warming occurs from the outside-in, Class IV therapy lasers are safe to use over metal implants. After treatment, a clear majority of patients feel some change in their condition: be it pain reduction, improved range of motion. or some other benefit.