Laser Therapy FAQs
FAQs about Laser Therapy as a Chiropractic Treatment
Chiropractic using laser therapy is a non-invasive and highly effective treatment for both acute and chronic conditions. Below are some of the frequently asked questions we get from patients when we discuss laser therapy as a treatment option to help them heal faster and recover from a surgery or injury.
How are laser therapy treatments administered?
Treatments are performed by positioning the laser hand-piece approximately a half inch directly above the skin and surrounding the area of injury and pain with the laser treatment beam.
How many laser treatments are needed?
The Class IV Laser Therapy produces results quickly. For most acute conditions 5-6 treatments is all that is needed. Northern Nevada Chiropractic offers a package of 6 treatments for only $200. 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 a laser 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 laser 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 my laser treatments?
Laser therapy may not be covered by insurance plans. If insurance does not cover the cost of treatments, there are affordable packages available, like NNC’s package of 6 treatments for $200.
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 advantages 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. In addition, Laser therapy provides enhanced treatment outcomes faster than any other treatment modality.
How is class IV better than “cold laser therapy” treatments?
Cold Laser Therapy (or LLLT – Low Level Light Therapy) was introduced into the USA in 2001 with low power levels. Since that time new scientific and clinical discoveries have led to the
development of the higher power lasers, including the new class IV Laser Therapy