High Intensity Class IV Laser Therapy
At Ravenswood Chiropractic in Chicago, we use Advanced Technologies to help you heal, like our High-Intensity Class IV Laser.
Our High-Intensity Laser is a non-invasive and painless way to treat nerve, muscle, ligament, and tendon conditions. If you are in the Chicago Area, Our Class IV laser therapy might be just what you need.
High-intensity laser therapy is an advanced treatment option that offers a range of benefits for those seeking relief from acute and chronic pain and inflammation. This therapy uses a high-intensity laser to penetrate light photons deep into the tissues, stimulating the body’s natural healing processes. In addition to reducing pain and swelling, class IV laser therapy can accelerate tissue and bone repair, improve nerve function, and increase cell metabolism. This innovative treatment at Ravenswood Chiropractic in Chicago can help you achieve optimal musculoskeletal health. So why wait? Schedule your appointment today and experience the benefits of class IV laser therapy!
Sessions typically last only 5 minutes, and although individual results vary, many patients report some symptom relief immediately after treatment.
In general, a treatment trial would be 2x a week for three weeks. However, up to 12 weeks may be needed for severe or chronic injuries.
Ravenswood Chiropractic in Chicago uses this advanced treatment to target a wide range of injury sites and provide relief to our patients.
- Disc Herniation
- Golfer’s Elbow
- IT Band Syndrome
- Runner’s Knee
- Jumper’s Knee
- Shin Splints
- TMJ Issues
- Carpal Tunnel
- Cubital Tunnel
- Piriformis Syndrome
- Spinal Nerve Impingement
- Hamstring pulls or tears
- Achilles Tendonitis
- Patellar Tendonitis
- Rotator Cuff Injuries
- Osgood Schlatter
- Hallux Limitus
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Morton’s Neuroma
- Tennis Elbow
- Knee Arthritis
- Disc Injury
- Fractures & Stress Fractures
- Muscle pain (myositis or myofascial pain syndrome)
- many more
Class IV laser therapy is pain-free and provides soothing warmth to the treated area. Many of our patients have found relief from their pain with this treatment. It can even be combined with other therapies like dry needling, physical therapy, chiropractic, and radial shockwave therapy.
This type of treatment uses a laser that emits a specific wavelength of photons to transfer energy to the affected area. Class IV Laser has many advantages over other therapies, including class III lasers. When considering Laser therapy, it’s essential to find a provider with experience treating your condition and using a class IV laser for the best results discussed below that only apply to class IV Laser. The science can be complex but quite impressive, and we share it with you below, so keep reading!
Benefits of Class IV Laser
- Stimulates repair at the cellular level by increasing metabolic activity by promoting the release of specific enzymes and oxygen to the injured tissue. Class IV Laser Stimulates chromophores which Increase the production of ATP (an energy source for your cells)!
- Stimulates fibroblast and collagen production essential for tendon, bone, open wound, bone healing, and burn repair!
- Reduces formation of fibrous tissues so complications such as scar tissue formation are reduced from wounds, including surgery and other acute or chronic injuries!
- Reduces inflammation by many mechanisms, including ATP and neovascularization, but also promotes leukocytic activity, prostaglandin synthesis, lymphocyte response, angiogenesis, superoxide dismutase, and decreasing c-reactive protein, neopterin, and interleukin 1!
- Reduces pain by calming overactive nerves and promoting the release of endorphins to help you feel better!
- Increases neovascularization and blood flow to the area by forming new capillaries in the damaged tissue, accelerating your healing process!
- It helps repair nerve damage by accelerating the process of nerve cell reconnection!
- It can be used with other therapies, such as Radial Shockwave, chiropractic, physical therapy, massage, and acupuncture, to accelerate healing!
Technical Considerations When Looking For Laser Therapy
In the past, CLass III laser therapy started out using less than 0.5 watts of power. With further research and clinical use of laser therapy, the trend to get better results has been increasing the power density and dose over the last ten years, which has been shown to effectively and safely improve therapeutic outcomes (both with quality of healing and speed of recovery). Typically, these lasers were used 1 watt to 45 watts of power with deeper penetrating wavelengths. Often, patients come in having tried home laser units or units at other low settings or that use extremely low doses (< 1 watt)and therefore are ineffective at producing results. If you are considering laser therapy, ask what kind of laser is used.
At Ravenswood Chiropractic in Chicago, we use a high-intensity or Class IV laser; it has a deep setting for all wavelengths and can deliver 45 watts of power, the most effective treatment for the musculoskeletal and nerve conditions we treat.
Benefits of Class IV over Class III
Class IV Laser Therapy can deliver more energy than Class III, considerably reducing the treatment time.
Class IV Laser can treat more conditions than Class III because it penetrates deeper to the affected injury site (up to 10 cm), whereas Class III penetrates up to 2 cm. This allows Class IV Laser to treat injuries where previously only surgery could reach.
Class IV Laser can treat a larger area (think Sciatica, Disc Herniation, Neuropathy) at around 75 cm2, whereas Class III laser treatment areas are roughly 0.5 to 5 cm2
As you can see, knowing the laser type used is essential when considering Laser Therapy. We offer Free Consultations to see if Class IV Laser can help your condition, and we are happy to answer any questions you may have.
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