Class 4 Laser Therapy
Class IV laser therapy with the Summus Medical Laser delivers specific red and near infrared wavelengths of laser light to induce a painless therapeutic effect within the body. These include increased circulation, decreased swelling, reduction of pain and enhanced tissue repair.
Please note that Class 4 laser therapy is different from ‘low level’ or ‘cold’ laser therapy in that the class 4 laser provides significantly more power (24 Watts vs. 0.05 Watts in most cold lasers), which means more benefits in a shorter period of time for faster results. Moreover, our Summus Medical Laser is able to transmit 4 different wavelengths of light, unlike most other therapeutic lasers that only have 1-2, and since each wavelength absorption has it’s own unique benefit, the Summus laser provides a rare 4 benefits including blood vessel dilation (for improved blood flow), increased ATP production (more cellular energy), increased oxygen release (providing more oxygen to the injured tissues), and heat (warmth to further aid in increasing blood flow).
During each painless treatment, laser energy increases circulation, drawing water, oxygen, and nutrients to the damaged area. This creates an optimal healing environment that reduces inflammation, swelling, muscle spasms, stiffness, and pain. As the injured area returns to normal, function is restored and pain is relieved.
Class IV laser therapy is proven to stimulate tissue repair and growth. Class IV laser therapy by Summus Medical Laser accelerates the healing process by decreasing inflammation, pain and scar tissue formation. In the management of chronic and acute pain, Class IV laser therapy can provide dramatic results.
Laser therapy can help with:
• Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
• Myofascial Trigger Points
• Tennis Elbow
• Neck Pain
• Lower Back Pain
• Rib Pain
• Ligament Sprains
• Muscle Strains
• Repetitive Stress Injuries
• Plantar Fasciitis
• Shoulder, Back & Knee Pain
• Post-Traumatic Injury
• Sports Injuries
Frequently Asked Questions
Does it hurt? What does a treatment feel like?
There is little or no sensation during treatment. Occasionally the patient feels mild, soothing warmth, or tingling. Areas of pain or inflammation may be sensitive briefly before pain reduction.
Are there any side effects or associated risks?
While very few side effects have ever been reported, occasionally some old injuries or pain syndromes may feel aggravated for a few days, as the healing response is more active after treatment.
How often should a patient receive laser therapy?
Acute conditions may be treated daily, particularly if they are accompanied by significant pain. More chronic problems respond better when treatments are received 2 to 3 times a week, tapering to once every week or two as improvement is seen.
How many laser therapy treatments does it take?
This depends on the nature of the condition being treated. For some acute conditions 4 to 6 treatments may be sufficient. Those of a more chronic nature may require 6 to 12 (or more) treatments. Conditions such as severe arthritis may require ongoing periodic care to control pain.
How long before results are felt from laser therapy?
You may feel improvement in your condition (usually pain reduction) after the very first treatment. Sometimes you will not feel improvement for a number of treatments. This does not mean that the condition is not improving. Each treatment is cumulative and results are often felt after 3 or 4 sessions.