Class IV Laser
by Aspen Laser Systems
What does the Class IV Laser do?
Laser Theory ~ All light is composed of photons. Photons are small packets of light energy – in the form of waves – with a defined wavelength & frequency. Photon energy is able to more effectively penetrate the skin & underlying structures, therefore accelerating the healing process. Light travels at a constant speed & oscillates up & down as it moves forward. Laser light holds its intensity until it is absorbed by a medium (body). When applied to an organism, Laser light, tuned to specific wavelengths & frequencies, stimulates metabolic processes at the cellular level.
Photo-Chemical Action ~ Studies have shown that when tissue cultures are irradiated by Lasers, enzymes within cells absorb energy from laser light. Visible (red) light & Near Infared are absorbed within the mitochondria & the cell membrane. This produces higher ATP levels & boosts DNA production, leading to an increase in cellular health & energy. When applied as treatment, Lasers have been shown to reduce pain & inflammation as well as stimulate nerve regeneration, muscle relaxation & immune system response. Lasers have no effect on normal tissues, as photons of light are only absorbed & utilized by the cells that need them.
Summary ~ Lasers increase cellular energy levels, allow pain relief & accelerate cellular healing.
Pricing ~ Laser treatment is not covered by Insurance. Treatment sessions are $45.
Packages are available = buy 5, get 1 free or buy 10, get 2 free.
Clinical Benefits of Laser Therapy
Laser therapy has an anti-edemic effect as it causes vasodilation, but also because it activates the lymphatic drainage system (drains swollen areas). As a result, there is a reduction in swelling caused by bruising or inflammation.
2. Anti-Pain (Analgesic):
Laser therapy has a high beneficial effect on nerve cells which block pain transmitted by these cells to the brain & decreases nerve sensitivity. With less inflammation, there is less edema & less pain.
3. Accelerated Tissue Repair & Cell Growth:
Photons of light from lasers penetrate deeply into tissue & accelerate cellular reproduction & growth. The laser light increases the energy available to the cell so that the cell can take on nutrients faster & get rid of waste products.
4. Improved Vascular Activity:
Laser light will significantly increase the formation of new capillaries in damaged tissue that speeds up the healing process, closes wounds quickly & reduces scar tissue.
5. Increased Metabolic Activity:
Laser therapy creates higher outputs of specific enzymes, greater oxygen & food particle loads for blood cells.
6. Trigger Points & Acupuncture Points:
Laser therapy stimulates muscle trigger points & acupuncture points on a non-invasive basis providing musculoskeletal pain relief.
7. Reduced Fibrous Tissue Formation:
Laser therapy reduced the formation of scar tissue following tissue damage from cuts, scratches, burns & surgery.
8. Improved Nerve Function:
Slow recovery of nerve functions in damaged tissue can result in numbness & impaired limbs. Laser light will speed up the process of axonal regeneration, nerve cell reconnection & increase the amplitude of action potentials to optimize muscle action.
Laser light has a direct effect on immunity status by stimulation of immunoglobulins & lymphocytes. Laser therapy is absorbed by chromophores (molecule enzymes) that react to laser light. The enzyme flavomono-nucleotide is activated & starts the production of ATP which is the major carrier of cell energy & the energy source for all chemical reactions in the cells.
10. Faster Wound Healing:
Laser light stimulates fibroblast development (fibroblasts are the building blocks of collagen which is predominant in wound healing) in damaged tissue. Collagen is the essential protein required to replace old tissue or to repair tissue injuries.