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Frequently Asked Questions

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Type of lasers

 

What do the different classes of lasers mean?

The Food and Drug administration (FDA) recognizes four major hazard classes of lasers (I-IV) and three subclasses (IIa, IIIa and IIIb).  The higher the class, the more powerful the laser.  Dr. Barron has a Class IV laser. We use a MLS laser specifically, FDA-approved technology that uses a combination of unique wavelengths, which work together to overcome the limits of traditional laser therapy. In this system, the continuous lasers act fast on inflammation, stimulating blood and lymphatic circulation and inducing fast re-absorption of fluid build-up, while the pulsed laser emissions on the other hand, have an almost immediate effect on pain reduction.

 

Which class of laser is “better?”

Dr. Barron uses a Multiwave Locked System (MLS) Class IV laser to get the best affect in the quickest time.  Class 3B lasers generally only have results achieves at the end of the treatment cycle (so after multiple visits).  "Regular" Class IV lasers, the high power lasers, have more power, however they can thermally damage tissue. On the other hand, MLS Class IV lasers have the higher power delivered in a way that does not damage tissue and has faster results.

The science behind it

 

What kind of studies have been done showing the efficacy of laser therapy in animals?

We are currently building a page for peer-reviewed studies for laser therapy. Check back soon!

 

What is the method of action of laser therapy?

The laser has both photochemical and photothermal effects. The photochemical effects increase enzymatic activation, increase ATP production, modulation of cellular metabolism, and affect the pain perception threshold. The photothermal effects include increase in circulation and increase of the supply of oxygen and nutrients. It helps the cells themselves heal.

Treating with lasers

 

What conditions benefit from laser therapy?

The most common laser therapy indications are pain relief, intervertebral disc disease, degenerative joint disease/arthritis, musculoskeletal system trauma, and inflammatory conditions.

 

Is there any disadvantage to performing laser therapy?

Laser is painless, non-invasive, and drug-free. There are no known side effects.

 

How are doses calculated and why?

The dosages are calculated based on joules and joules/cm^2. The dosages range based on the inflammation present. Dr. Barron has taken extra courses with using the laser and uses protocols based on the research of Cutting Edge Laser Company.

 

How frequently does acupuncture need to be performed to be effective?

Results can often been seen after the first treatment. Most conditions have protocols that range from 6-10 treatments. The treatments are cumulative and are delivered 2-3 times per week for 2-3 weeks.

How long do you treat a patient before improvement is noted and before full resolution of clinical signs?

Results can often been seen after the first treatment. Most conditions have protocols that range from 6-10 treatments. The treatments are cumulative and are delivered 2-3 times per week for 2-3 weeks.