Q: Does it hurt? What does a treatment feel like?
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.
Q: How long does each treatment take?
The typical treatment is 3 to 9 minutes, depending on the size of the area being treated.
Q: 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.
Q: How many treatments does it take?
This depends on the nature of the condition being treated. For some acute conditions 1 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.
Q: 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.
Q: 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.
Laser therapy was born from scientific research over 30 years ago in Europe and perfected by K-LaserUSA with the latest technological advancements.
A Class IV Therapeutic Laser has a greater power output. This delivers more therapeutic energy to the target tissues than 'cold' lasers.
The K-Laser uses 800 and 970 nanometer laser wavelengths. These penetrate deeper.
The chromophores can absorb laser wavelengths from 500 to 1100 nanometers; there is no 'magical' therapeutic laser wavelength.
Q: What is Laser or Light Therapy?
A: 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 is the therapeutic application of coherent, monochromatic light.
Four widely accepted therapeutic benefits of laser therapy are the following:
1) Biostimulation/Tissue Regeneration
2) Reduction of Inflammation
3) Pain reduction, either chronic or acute
4) Antibacterial and Antiviral
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. When we understand these deeper effects, perhaps we may know much more about ourselves.
Q: What can laser therapy treat? Therapeutic applications which have shown promising results based on studies include:
Acne Allergic Purpura Alopecia Areata Arteriosclerosis / Atherosclerosis Arthritis Asthma Back Pain Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Cerebral Palsy Dental Applications Diabetes Fibromyalgia Headaches/Migraine Hearing Disorders Herpes Hypertension Hyperlipidemia Lymphedema Maxillofacial Disorders Meniere' s Disease Nerve Regeneration Neuralgia Neuropathy Pain (Musculoskeletal, Myofascial, Nerve) Pancreatobiliary Disease Peyronie's Disease Prostatitis Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Respiratory Disorders (Asthma, Bronchitis, Pleurisy, Pneumonia, Sinusitis, Tuberculosis) Scars Skin Disorders Sports Injuries Tendonitis Tinnitus Wound Healing
Q: What is its history?
A: 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.
Q: Has effectiveness been demonstrated scientifically?
A: 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