Our class IV Aspen laser products generate specific wavelengths of light in the red and near-infrared spectrum which ramp up energy production at the cellular level by activating these light-sensitive mitochondrial receptors. This, in turn, sets off a cascade of physiologic events which support healing at the most basic level. The process of using light to stimulate these cellular processes is called photobiomodulation.
Dr. Slack gives a brief introduction in this video.
Rapidly reduce inflammation and pain
Increase blood and lymphatic circulation to and from sites of injury
Increase cellular energy production and metabolism allowing greater nutrient intake and waste removal at the cellular level
Activate stem cells which are central to the injury repair process
Accelerated injury repair and growth in nerve tissues
Decrease scar formation and accelerate wound healing via increased collagen production and optimal collagen remodeling
Improve joint and bone healing via increase in chondrocyte and collagen production
HOW ARE TREATMENTS ADMINISTERED?
Treatments are performed by positioning the laser hand-piece approximately ½” directly above the skin and surrounding the area of injury and pain with the laser treatment beam.
HOW MANY TREATMENTS ARE NEEDED?
The Class IV Laser Therapy produces results quickly. For most ACUTE conditions 5-6 treatments is all that is needed. CHRONIC conditions take longer and might require 6-12 treatments. While these are the averages, each person is unique and healing time varies by person and condition. For those with lifelong conditions your doctor may recommend 1 or 2 follow-up treatments each month.
HOW LONG WILL THE TREATMENT TAKE?
Depending on the condition, treatment times for this drug-free, non-invasive procedure will last on average 5-10 minutes but is based on the size of area, depth of penetration needed and condition being treated.
WILL THE TREATMENT HURT?
Most patients notice a warm, often soothing feeling. There is no pain associated with a treatment. Many patients also experience reduced muscle tension and tightness, reduced inflammation and improved range of motion.
WHEN CAN NORMAL ACTIVITY BEGIN AGAIN?
The moment a person leaves the clinic, they may resume normal daily activity. It is important to remember to not overexert for a few days, as the body is still healing.
WILL INSURANCE COVER TREATMENTS?
Innovation MD treatments are not covered by insurance. Ask about payment arrangements available at our office.
HOW DOES CLASS IV LASER THERAPY WORK?
When the photons of laser light penetrate the skin and underlying tissue, they are absorbed by the cells, and converted into energy. The cell membrane permeability is altered, which triggers a cascade of cellular events including:
• Stimulation of ATP
• Stimulation of respiratory chain
• Increased DNA and RNA synthesis
• Increased levels of beta endorphins and serotonin
• Enhanced collagen synthesis
WHAT ADVANTAGE DOES CLASS IV LASER THERAPY HAVE OVER OTHER FORMS OF TREATMENT?
The treatment does not require the use of drugs or surgery, and there are no dangerous side effects or risks as long as the laser is used correctly. In addition, Laser therapy provides enhanced treatment outcomes faster than any other treatment modality.
HOW IS CLASS IV SUPERIOR TO “COLD LASER THERAPY” ( class III laser ) ?
This is a question of physics as it applies to biologic tissue. CLASS IV lasers produce higher energy and utilize deeper penetrating wavelengths ( in the near-infrared spectrum as opposed to “red light” ) and are thus able to reach deeper tissues where “cold laser” and “red light” cannot.
INDICATORS FOR LASER THERAPY INCLUDE: