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These are the common questions patients like you have about our healing technology.
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Our primary technology are Class IV infrared therapy lasers.
Class IV lasers gently warm the problem area while delivering infrared laser energy, decreasing pain and inflammation, and often improving healing times.
No, treatment with Class IV laser therapy is not painful.
You’ll experience a gentle warming sensation over the treatment area.
Occasionally patients experience other mild sensations of healing, like itching and tingling on the surface of the skin.
No, you don’t need to remove your clothing to receive Class IV laser therapy.
Only the skin over the treatment area needs to be uncovered. In most cases, clothing can be moved or pushed aside from the treatment area. In some cases athletic shorts and sleeveless tops are helpful for reaching the treatment area.
Any treatment directed at sensitive areas will be properly draped to respect privacy.
The length of your treatment depends on:
Most patients require between 6 to 12 treatment sessions.
Our providers offer competitive rates for high powered laser therapy. Total costs depends on
Insurance may offer reimbursement for Class IV laser therapy
Despite decades of use in Europe, and 13+ years of use in the US., most commercial insurances are not reimbursing for laser therapy at this time.
Cold laser is a different laser technology than Class IV lasers.
Providers affiliated with this website use Class IV infrared therapeutic lasers. These are sometimes called deep tissue or high powered lasers as opposed to cold laser.
There are benefits to both kinds of laser, but our associated providers have chosen Class IV lasers because of the advantages this kind of laser offers.
Cold lasers use less power.
Cold lasers use less power than high powered lasers. Cold lasers are Class III lasers, which are rated at a 1/2 watt of energy and below. Since, they use less energy Class III lasers are called “cold” and sometimes “low level light therapy.”
The warming sensation of Class IV is not experienced with Class III.
(Technically only a certain kind of Class III laser is considered a cold laser, but the name is used for nearly all Class III lasers.)
Class IV lasers offer a warming sensation.
Class IV lasers use 1 watt to up to 60+ watts of energy. However most pain-relieving lasers are set between 1 and 15 watts.
Class IV lasers and have many different uses depending on the laser aperture or tool. For example, dental and minor cosmetic surgery is possible with the lasers used in our offices. The lasers you’ll experience are fitted with a therapeutic head, and not a surgical head. The power is used to penetrate the tissue to help deliver infrared laser to encourage pain relief and healing.
Most patients are not concerned with the difference between laser types. In fact, most aren’t aware there are differences in laser technology and most are still happy with their treatment.
This is a technical question that doesn’t interest all patients. However, every once and someone wants to know the overall differences between Class III and Class IV lasers.
Here are the major differences:
Yes, lasers are regulated by the FDA.
All laser brands and types used by our providers are FDA cleared devices. The conditions and source of pain found on this website are cleared by FDA for laser treatment. The first lasers cleared for human use were approved in 2002. Class IV lasers began their clearance in 2004.
We have a list of the common pain areas for laser treatment on this page. If you have a particular question about a condition, you can always use our contact form or call our toll free number to be connected to our provider in your area.
The short and non-technical answer:
Class IV lasers decrease tissue inflammation and reduce pain. In some ways, it is like getting the best of ice and heat at the same time.
But the technology does more than that.
Lasers can also accelerate a healing response in the body by providing light energy to stressed and damaged cells.
Here is the longer, and more technical answer:
Lasers stimulate cells to heal:
Like boosting battery power, laser energy increases the energy level of damaged and stressed cells, reducing healing time frames.
There are several known effects from consistent laser treatment: