FAQs: Class 4 Laser Therapy

LiteCure LTC-1000 Deep Tissue Laser Therapy – by Lindsay Skiba, Adv. RMT, CLT, CST

If you have chronic or acute pain caused by disease or injury, Deep Tissue Laser
Therapy could eliminate your pain and speed your healing.  Our Class IV Deep Tissue Laser offers advanced pain relief and promotes rapid healing through a process known as photobiostimulation. Ideal for enhanced relief of neck, lower back, wrist, knee, elbow and joint pain, muscle spasms, foot and ankle pain, skin conditions, open wounds, post-operative recovery and sports injuries. The LiteCure LCT-1000 is both FDA and Health Canada approved.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Class IV Deep Tissue Laser Therapy?
Laser therapy is the use of specific wavelengths of light (red and near infrared) to
create therapeutic effects. Class IV Laser Therapy is an innovative, scientifically
based, therapeutic technology that offers advanced pain relief and expedited
healing times through a process known as photobiostimulation. It is a non-
invasive, painless, comfortable and safe treatment.

How does it work?
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 leads to a cascade of beneficial
and therapeutic effects, including: increased cellular function and health,
rapid regeneration, normalization and healing of damaged cellular tissue, pain
reduction, decreased swelling, increased circulation, and improved healing times.

Photonic stimulation is the trigger for these metabolic changes. In simpler
terms, the laser brings light to living tissues. During each painless treatment,
laser energy increases circulation. This draws in water, oxygen, and nutrients
to the damaged area creating 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.

How is a Class IV Laser different from a Class III?
Most lasers on the market today have a power range from .005W – .5W making
them a Class IIIB Cold Laser. The LiteCure LCT-1000 Laser emits a power range
from 1W-10W making it a Class IV Laser and several thousand times more
powerful than most other therapeutic lasers. This makes for shorter treatment
times without compromising safety.

Who should consider Laser Therapy?
Individuals with acute injuries and chronic or unexplained pain generally
experience true, drug-free relief with laser treatments. Research also shows laser
therapy to be a remarkably effective treatment for acute and chronic wounds,
and sores that won’t heal. The laser treats the inflammation around wounds,
while the endorphins it stimulates can help to immediately ease the pain. It’s
also ideal with post-surgery rehabilitation as it will decrease pain and speed the
healing process.

Some of the more common conditions treated with laser therapy include:
Neck pain, low back pain, disc bulges or herniations, frozen shoulder, rotator
cuff injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome, epicondylitis, tendonitis, arthritis, sprains,
strains, plantar fasciitis, temporomandibular joint disorder, and headaches.

Laser therapy is also effective in treating skin conditions ranging from shingles,
ulcerations and eczema to psoriasis, acne and rosacea. Laser therapy jump-starts
the body’s natural healing process by delivering biochemical energy to tissues.
This results in increased blood supply and faster healing.

Is Laser Therapy safe? Are there any side effects?
Laser therapy is very safe and there are no known side effects. Lasers have no
effect on normal tissues, as photons of light are only absorbed and utilized by the
cells that need them. Laser therapy is not recommended for patients taking light
sensitive drugs. We also do not perform laser therapy over an area that has been
injected with steroids within 7 days. There are certain instances where the doctor
may not recommend laser therapy on pediatric patients. It cannot be used on
patients with active forms of cancer.

How long does a treatment take and how many treatments are required?
Class IV Laser Therapy treatments are cumulative in nature. Although it is not
uncommon to see significant improvement in just one session, chronic conditions
may require several treatments for the greatest benefit.

Treatments vary in length, but most sites require two to ten minutes. A majority
of patients exhibit greater comfort and mobility within 12 to 24 hours after a laser
treatment. The length and frequency of treatments depends on the nature of the
problem and the length of time the patient has been affected by it.

2 Responses to FAQs: Class 4 Laser Therapy
  1. Chiropractics
    July 20, 2011 | 9:24 pm

    We know how much laser therapy helped us in our health problems. There’s nothing to worry, with this information I can say that laser therapy is safe.

    • Dr. Chris Enns
      July 21, 2011 | 12:26 pm

      Thank you for your endorsement of laser therapy. We’ve been very pleased with the results thus far.

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