High Power Laser Therapy

Light is electromagnetic energy.  Electromagnetic energy is commonly measured by wavelength.  Visible light has a wavelength range from 380nm to 740nm.

Each color in the visible light spectrum represents a different wavelength.  Visible light, which lies in a narrow band between ultraviolet and infrared, represents a tiny portion of the many wavelengths of electromagnetic energy:

 

Somewhat less than half of the Sun’s electromagnetic energy reaching the earth is visible light.  Were it not for the Sun, and all the wavelengths of electromagnetic energy it gives, there would be no life on Earth. Life on earth is powered by light energy.

 

About our Diowavetm High Power Laser Therapy:

Diowavetm is manufactured by Gigaa Laser (Wuhan, China) and features a DILAS laser module (Mainz, Germany). Diowavetm is distributed by Technological Medical Advancements, Inc which makes medical, surgical, veterinarian, and dental lasers, and it was their founder that received the very first FDA clearance for a Class IV non-surgical laser in 2003.

Class IV lasers have a 0.50 Watt or greater output and are referred to as High Power Laser Therapy (HPLT).  Class III and Class II lasers with less power are referred to as Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) or “cold lasers.”  LLLT does not have the ability to penetrate tissue and deliver the same energetic therapeutic dosage as High Power Laser Therapy.

Laser TherapyOur Diowavetm unit is powered by 15.0 Watt GaAlAs Diode Laser, one of the most powerful available, emitting a continuous wave at a 980nm (near infra-red wavelength) for maximum bio-stimulation.  This is a powerful, non-addictive, and side-effect free form of pain management that decreases inflammation and scar tissue formation.  These therapeutic qualities enable laser therapy to accelerate wound healing and reduce injury recovery time.

Laser therapy light is infra-red electro-magnetic energy entering the body as photons. The light beam of photons stays fairly narrow and does not diverge like a regular light bulb. The amount and depth of penetration from this photonic energy depends on a number of different factors related to the patient and the power of the laser equipment. The most powerful lasers are single wavelength, continuous wave, high output lasers.

Research shows tissues targeted by High Power Laser Therapy are stimulated to increase production of a cellular enzyme (Cytochrome C Oxidase) that is critical to the production of ATP. ATP is the currency of chemical energy in living cells.  With increased ATP production and thus greater cellular energy a host of biological responses are facilitated, such as mediation of pain, reduction of inflammation, reduced scar tissue, increased cell metabolism, improved vascular activity, and accelerated healing.  This is the photo-chemical effect of High Power Laser Therapy.

What this all means is that many common conditions can be helped with High Power Laser Therapy, especially in combination with the other therapies we provide such as Active Release Techniques soft tissue treatment.  These are examples of conditions treated with High Power Laser Therapy:

Arthritis

Bone spurs

Plantar Fascitis

Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)

Golfers Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis)

Rotator Cuff Strains and Tears

DeQuervains Tenosynovitis

TMJ

Herniated Discs

Tendinosis & Tendinitis

Enthesopathies

Stress Fractures

Shin Splints

Runners Knee (Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome)

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Ligament Tears

Sciatica

Bunions

Hip Discomfort

Neck Ache

Back Pain

Muscle Strains

Joint Sprains

Achilles Tendinitis

Nerve Conditions

Healing After Surgery

 

About FDA Regulation of High Power Laser Therapy:

High Power Laser Therapy is a regulation Class IV device. Indications for use are to provide temporary relief of minor pain, stiffness and muscle spasm, and temporarily increase local blood circulation.

 

About Risks of High Power Laser Therapy:

High Power Laser Therapy is not indicated in cases of pregnancy, malignant skin tumors, or people using medication that produces photosensitivity. As the laser penetrates he skin there will be a local increase in skin temperature. No topical lotions should be used during laser therapy.  High Power Laser Therapy requires eye protection during the procedure.

 

About High Power Laser Therapy in Chiropractic Practice:

CALIFORNIA BOARD OF CHIROPRACTIC EXAMINERS, TITLE 16, Section 302. Practice of Chiropractic: Scope of Practice. As part of a course of chiropractic treatment, a duly licensed chiropractor may use all necessary mechanical hygienic, and sanitary measures incident to the care of the body, including, but not limited to air, cold, diet, exercise, heat, light, massage, physical culture, rest, ultrasound, water and physical therapy techniques in the course of chiropractic manipulations and/or adjustments.