Class 4 Laser Therapy
The effects of Laser therapy are photochemical, not thermal. Photons enter the tissue and are absorbed in the mitochondria and at the cell membrane. The photonic energy is converted to chemical energy within the cell, in the form of ATP. Cell membrane permeability alters, then physiological changes occur. These physiological changes affect macrophages, fibroblasts, endothelial cells, mast cells, bradykinin and nerve conduction rates.
Reported benefits include: • Rapid cell growth. Laser accelerates cellular reproduction and growth. • Faster wound healing. Laser stimulates fibroblast development in damaged tissue, reducing recovery time. • Increases metabolic activity through higher outputs of specific enzymes, greater oxygen and food particle loads on blood cells. Improves immune responses. • Reduces fibrous tissue, reducing the formation of scar tissue following injury or surgery. • Anti-inflammatory action for improved joint mobility. • Increases vascular activity. Laser stimulates lymph and blood circulation. • Lasers stimulate the process of nerve cell reconnection to bring numb areas back to life. Laser also increases the amplitude of action potentials to optimize muscle action.
Some common applications for Laser therapy are: • Wound Management • Soft Tissue Injuries • Inflammation • Joint Conditions • Arthritis • Chronic Pain • Dermatological Conditions • Myofascial Trigger Point Therapy • Acupuncture
Class 4 are the most powerful lasers used in a rehab setting.
Reduction of pain and healing associated with:
- Cervical(neck pain)
- Lumbar (low back pain)
- Elbow and joint pain and injuries
- Wrist pain and injuries
- Lower extremities pain
- Knee and joint pain and injuries
- Foot and ankle pain