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Class IV Laser Therapy

What Is Class IV Laser Therapy?

Laser therapy is a medical treatment that uses focused light to stimulate a process called photobiomodulation (PBM). During PBM, photons enter the tissue and interact with the cytochrome c complex within mitochondria. This interaction triggers a biological cascade of events that leads to an increase in cellular metabolism, decrease in pain, reduction in muscle spasm, and improved microcirculation to injured tissue. This treatment is FDA cleared and provides patients a non-invasive, non-pharmacological alternative for pain relief.

Laser therapy is used to treat acute and chronic conditions as well as post-activity recovery. It is also used as another option for prescription drugs, a tool to prolong the need for some surgeries, and a pre and post-surgery treatment to help control pain and swelling.

What Is a Class IV Therapy Laser?

Class IV therapy lasers provide more energy to deep structures in less time. This ultimately assists in providing an energy dose that results in positive, reproducible outcomes. Higher wattage also results in faster treatment times and provides changes in pain complaints that are unachievable with low-power lasers. LightForce® lasers provide a level of versatility unrivaled by other Class I, II, and IIIb lasers due to their ability to treat both superficial and deep tissue conditions.
Class IV Therapy Laser

Is Laser Therapy Painful? What Does Laser Therapy Feel Like?

Laser therapy treatments must be administered directly to the skin, as laser light cannot penetrate through layers of clothing. You will feel a soothing warmth as the therapy is administered. Many patients receiving LightForce® Therapy Laser treatments report enjoying the experience, especially when a massage-ball treatment head is used to deliver what is often referred to as a “laser massage.”

Is Laser Therapy Safe?

Class IV laser therapy devices were cleared in 2004 by the FDA for the safe and efficacious reduction of pain and increasing microcirculation. Therapy lasers are safe and effective treatment options to reduce musculoskeletal pain and inflammation due to injury. The biggest risk to injury during laser therapy treatments is to the eye, which is why certified, protective eyewear is ALWAYS required during LightForce® treatments.

How Long Does a Therapy Session Last?

With LightForce® lasers, treatments are quick; usually, 3-10 minutes, depending on the treated condition’s size, depth, and acuteness.

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