Class 4 laser therapy is an effective add-on treatment for a wide variety of health issues. It promotes healing of injured tissues, decreases pain and swelling, reduces scar tissue formation and stimulates cellular metabolism.
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Powerful lasers produce energy that penetrates deeper into tissues than a traditional ‘cold’ laser or ultrasound. The class 4 laser is the highest powered therapeutic laser available in a clinical setting.
Studies show that class 4 lasers activate a series of biochemical reactions in the cell which results in the body essentially healing itself – without drugs or other external substances.
It has also been found that high power class 4 lasers increase production of a molecule called ATP (adenosine triphosphate) which is the primary source of chemical energy for all living cells. This increased production of ATP leads to more effective delivery of nutrients to cells, reduced inflammation, faster repair of cell damage, enhanced cellular reproduction and growth and a multitude of other positive biological effects.
Some of the most popular uses for this technology include reducing pain and inflammation from sports injuries, chronic conditions and myofascial pain syndrome. It also has been shown to provide pain relief for individuals suffering from bursitis, an inflammation of the fluid-filled sacs that cushion joints. It has also been demonstrated that it significantly decreases knee pain and WOMAC scores compared to exercise alone in individuals with osteoarthritis.
While many insurance companies consider class 4 lasers to be experimental, most practitioners that incorporate it into their practice find that they are quickly able to develop a new cash based income stream and that patients love it because it is so effective in providing significant pain relief.