Class IV Laser Therapy
Class IV Laser Therapy is now available here in this office. Our office uses this specialized form of laser therapy to promote cellular healing and provide natural pain relief. We choose to use laser therapy as a natural approach to healthcare, rather than depending on surgery, injections or drugs for treatment and relief. Find out more about how Class IV laser therapy works, and what you can expect when you visit our office for this type of treatment.
Our office uses safe and painless high intensity laser therapy to trigger a number of functions of healing at the cellular level. These include improving circulation, which boosts your immune response and stimulates healthy healing of injured or damaged tissue. Laser therapy uses a scientific method called photo biomodulation to achieve these cell-level changes.
Class IV laser therapy is non-invasive. Furthermore, therapeutic treatment laser therapy does not burn or cut through the skin because the action is photochemical, not thermal like surgical lasers. In fact, most patients enjoy the mild heating of the laser. After a treatment, you will likely begin seeing positive effects almost instantaneously. However, we recommend more than one visit for long-term pain relief and injury healing.
The KDT Laser Difference
High Intensity Laser Therapy delivers much more energy dosage than other lasers; this provides patients a much faster recovery with our treatments compared to other low level or cold lasers. Our 45-Watt Laser delivers 100 times more energy per minute than the strongest low-level cold laser. Patients also love the heating side effect that is generated from the high intensity laser energy. The Laser system also creates much more tissue penetration which allows for effective results with even the deepest and most difficult to treat pathologies. The image below will help you better understand why the our laser is the right choice for your problem. Our laser system can also treat pain and symptoms associated with skin conditions such as shingles, burns, wounds, and many other problems due to our ability to adjust the power output settings and apply a pulse mode as well. High Intensity laser therapy has been shown to improve range of motion, reduce pain, and inflammation in even one treatment! Positive outcomes can be seen and felt immediately, this is why we choose this laser platform to best treat your needs.
Joint and Muscle Pain Relief
The most beneficial use for Class IV laser therapy is pain relief. Using laser treatments, we can offer pain relief for inflammatory conditions, such as muscle spasms, plantar fasciitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and bursitis. We also use this treatment for damaged ligament pain relief. If you suffer from a connective tissue disorder or injury, such as tendonitis, myo-fasciitis, radicular pain, sprains, or effusion, we can use laser treatments for tissue healing as well. Ask your doctor today about getting rid of your pain!
Laser Therapy Treats Pain Associated with:
- As a general muscle healing and pain relief method, our chiropractor has effectively helped many patients get back to a pain free lifestyle.
- For joint pain relief we can help you overcome chronic pain from arthritis, rotator cuff injuries, and knee joint pain all while using Class IV laser therapy.
- Best of all, this type of treatment is quick and painless as well as all-natural.
- Try a Non-Invasive, Non-Drug, Safe Alternative!
Laser Therapy in Greenville NC
Does laser therapy hurt?
No. The treatment is described as a warm and comfortable sensation.
Is the treatment safe?
There is extensive research on this therapy. Laser therapy has been in use for thirty years around the world. It has most recently been called photobiomodulation but has also been called LLLT and cold laser as the therapy has evolved. It was FDA cleared in 2003. There have been almost no side effects reported. Occasionally some old injuries or pain syndromes may feel aggravated for a few days, as the healing response becomes more active after a treatment. Eye protection is required.
Contraindications for laser therapy
- Direct eye exposure
- Pregnancy (Treatment of low back or abdomen)
- Active cancer or tumors
- Over a pacemaker
What are some types of Injuries helped by laser therapy?
- Acute Injuries - Sprains and Strains
- Back and Neck Pain
- Carpal Tunnel
- Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golfer’s Elbow)
- Myofascial Trigger Points
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Shoulder Pain
- Repetitive Strain Injuries
Conditions that have been helped by laser therapy
- Bell’s Palsy
- Chronic Sprains and Strains
- Diabetic Neuropathy
- Fibromyalgia Pain
- Herpes Zoster (Shingles)
- Neurogenic Pain
- Post-traumatic Injuries
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Temporomandibular joint dysfunction
- Wound Healing
How does laser therapy work?
During a laser therapy session at Spine Align Chiropractic, a chiropractor will place a small handheld device over the affected area. The laser will then emit a low-intensity beam of light that penetrates the skin and is absorbed by the body’s cells. This process stimulates the production of ATP, which helps to reduce inflammation and promote healing.
Photons of laser light penetrate the skin and underlying tissue and are absorbed by the cells and converted into energy. It uses specific wavelengths of light (red and near infrared) to help the cells become healthy again.
The light causes cellular events to be stimulated:
- Collagen synthesis
- ATP stimulation
- Respiratory chain stimulation
- DNA and RNA synthesis
- Endorphin and serotonin production
What does each laser therapy session do?
- Decrease pain
- Decrease inflammation
- Decrease muscle tightness and soreness
- Increase range of motion and movement
- Increase healing and recovery
How are laser therapy treatments administered?
Treatments must be performed by positioning the laser handpiece either right on the skin or approximately ½ inch above the skin.
Various areas may be treated including:
- Directly over the site of injury or lesion
- Acupuncture points
- Trigger points or tender points
How long will the laser therapy take?
Treatment times are typically 5-10 minutes. Treatment times are based on the specific condition and the size of the area being treated.
How many treatments are needed?
Laser therapy produces results quickly, with improvement often within the first treatment. You actually may feel better after the first treatment. For many acute conditions 5-6 treatments are needed. Chronic conditions require longer treatment sequences and might require 6-12 treatments. While these are averages, each person is unique and healing times vary by person and condition. For lifelong conditions, your doctor may recommend periodic follow-up or maintenance treatments.
What is the advantage of laser therapy over other types of treatment?
A laser therapy treatment does not require the use of drugs or surgery, and there are no dangerous side effects or risks. Unlike many therapy products that only treat the symptoms and mask the pain temporarily, the therapy laser is able to treat the cause of the pain and injury, helping the body to heal itself. Laser therapy provides enhanced treatment outcomes faster than any other treatment modality.
What is the disadvantage of laser therapy?
It is not covered by insurance. This treatment is self-pay. We can sell individual treatments or packages of visits making laser therapy affordable.
Can a laser therapy treatment be used with other treatments?
Laser therapy can be used as a single therapy treatment, or as an adjunctive therapy in combination with other manual therapies. Regardless of how or why it is used, it is not covered by insurance at this time.
Can high intensity laser therapy be used over medical implants or over metal?
Yes, treatments can be safely administered over surgical-medical implants or metal. Since the mechanism of action is photochemical, there is no deep heating involved with the laser treatments. Treatments can be administered post-surgery for faster healing and recovery.
Are all lasers the same?
No, there are different types of lasers. Class IV laser therapy is being used for laser therapy at Spine Align in Greenville, NC.This type of laser therapy has quickly become the standard of care for musculoskeletal injuries. Class IV lasers can penetrate over 4 inches into tissue. Our Class 4 laser uses three therapeutic wavelengths of 810 nm, 980 nm, and 1064 nm and incorporates 15 watts of power with each wavelength for a total output of 45 watts. It is a type of high-end photobiomodulation or cold laser (LLLT). The laser therapy system used represents the newest innovation in laser therapy.
How should you prepare for your treatment?
This treatment is performed directly on the skin. The light has to be able to be absorbed to be effective. If the treatment needs to be performed on a knee, for example, please bring/wear clothing that would allow access to the knee.