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Class IV Laser Therapy
Class IV Laser Therapy offers expedited pain relief through a process known as photobiostimulation. Prompted by a dose of deep penetrating photonic energy, your body produces increased amounts of ATP (Adenosine Tri-Phosphate), the substance responsible for cellular energy production. The increased levels of ATP lead to improved circulation, reduced inflammation, and ultimately, a rate of healing that is three to five times faster than normal. Tissue that is damaged and poorly oxygenated as a result of swelling, trauma or inflammation has been shown to respond significantly to laser therapy irradiation. At the cellular level, deep penetrating photons activate a biochemical cascade of events leading to increased DNA/RNA, protein and collagen synthesis and cellular proliferation.
The result of these reactions is rapid cellular regeneration, normalization and healing. As laser light energy is highly absorbed by skin and subcutaneous tissue, penetration is key to a successful therapeutic outcome. Longer wavelengths and higher power output result in deeper penetration and higher dosage to the tissue. More powerful therapeutic laser energy dosage levels produce improved clinical outcomes as illustrated in many cases and interventional studies.
Low level laser therapy (Classes I-III) does not provide optimal clinical outcomes in most disease and injury conditions, because they cannot produce the deep tissue laser energy dosage necessary without using excessively long treatment times.
Class IV lasers have been shown to provide both the wavelength and output power levels necessary to trigger therapeutic cellular metabolic changes.