What does the "Class IV" in laser therapy mean?
Most therapeutic lasers currently available in Ireland are lower level Class 3B lasers. Class IV lasers are significantly more powerful than the lower class 3 lasers, meaning they have the power to penetrate much deeper into damaged tissue.
The deeper penetration capabilities of Class IV lasers allows sufficient energy to be delivered deep into the body and areas where lower lasers cannot reach. Class IV lasers have the power to treat much larger areas in a shorter period of time. The ability to treat both primary and secondary surrounding tissue (muscles, bones, ligaments, nerves and joints) is very important. When tissues that surround the injured areas are treated as well they land more support and help stabilise the injured area. Like the ripple effect seen when throwing a pebble into a pond, when an area is injured the surrounding areas are put under extra stress and can develop into ongoing problems if not treated.
How Does Deep Tissue Laser Therapy Work?
Deep Tissue Laser Therapy, activates a cascade of biochemical processes (photobiomodulation) in the body which result in:
- Accelerated Tissue Repair
- Pain Reduction
- Decreased Inflammation
- Increased Metabolic Activity
- Faster Wound Healing
- Improved Vascular Activity
- Improved Nerve Function