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CLASS IV LASER

LiteCure LCT-1000 Deep Tissue Laser Therapy

Our Family Chiropractic, one of the first practices in Missouri to use the newly FDA-cleared Class IV Laser. Our doctors treat patients with painless, relaxing sessions to alleviate pain and heal tissue, for conditions such as:

  • Arthritis (RA & OA)

  • Achy/Stiff Joints

  • Neck & Back Injuries

  • Shoulder Pain

  • Tennis Elbow

  • Muscle & Ligament Tears

  • Knee & Hip Pain

  • Trigger Points & Muscle Spasms

  • Sprains/Strains

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Rotator Cuff Tear

  • Sciatica (Leg Pain)

  • Arch Pain

  • Pain & Healing Following Surgery

  • Herniated Discs

  • Foot/Ankle Arthritis

  • Plantar Fasciitis

  • Morton's Neuroma

  • Ankle Sprains

  • Achilles Tendinitis

  • Shin Splints

  • Poor Circulation

  • Stress Fractures

  • Bunion Pain

  • Nerve Pain

Class IV Laser FAQs

Migraine Headaches?

Studies over the last 35 years have shown clear evidence that therapeutic lasers are highly effective on both chronic and acute conditions including neck and back pain, tendonitis, sports injuries, tennis elbow, and repetitive strain injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome. In the area of skincare therapeutic laser therapy has been shown to have a positive effect on acne, eczema, scars, and keloids as well as fine wrinkles. Exciting new research is also proving the benefit of therapeutic lasers on such conditions as fibromyalgia, migraines, vertigo, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis.

What is High Power Laser therapy?

High power laser therapy is the state-of-the-art and highly effective method of treating chronic or acute pain and other neuropathies by accelerating the healing process in areas of the body previously only visited by drugs or surgery. The healing process can be expected to be reduced by one-third to one-half the usual time. As the necessary inflammatory process proceeds, natural healing takes place and the pain is alleviated.

 

How does Laser Therapy Works?

Cells that are damaged and poorly oxygenated as a result of inflammation, swelling, or trauma have been shown to have a significantly higher response to laser therapy irradiation than normal healthy cells. At a cellular level, there are photoreceptors, that when stimulated by deep penetrating photons, activate a biochemical cascade of events resulting in increased DNA/RNA synthesis, increased cAMP levels, protein, and collagen synthesis, and cellular proliferation. The product of these reactions is rapid regeneration, normalization, and healing of damaged cellular tissue. Photonic stimulation is the trigger for these metabolic changes. During each session, the Class IV Laser's energy increases circulation, drawing water, oxygen, and nutrients to a painful and damaged area. Published studies have demonstrated the clinical effectiveness of laser therapy for those who suffer ailments, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, shoulder and back pain, fibromyalgia, carpal tunnel syndrome, plantar fasciitis, ligament sprains, lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow), herpes zoster (shingles), burns and more.

Is Laser Therapy Safe?

Therapeutic laser therapy is an extremely safe procedure. In fact, in over thirty years of therapeutic laser use, there have been zero complications or unwanted side effects. However, it should not be used on anyone taking a drug that causes photosensitivity, cancer patients, or pregnant women. The doctor will discuss these fully with you during the pre-treatment consultation.

 

What are the benefits of High Power Laser Therapy?

  • Most conditions begin to show signs of improvement in just a few visits.

  • There are no harmful side effects like those associated with pain medications or surgery.

  • The results of laser therapy, for many individuals, have been shown to last for years.

  • Laser therapy is a safe, pain-free treatment that only takes a few minutes per visit.

  • Laser therapy works well for a variety of painful conditions.

  • Laser therapy is not habit-forming.

  • It's effective.

The Advantage of Laser Therapy Over Other Physical Therapy Modalities?

The therapeutic application of laser is not based primarily on the development of heat but on the photobiological effects of coherent laser radiation on cells and mitochondria. This biological effect is termed "photobiomodulation." This positive effect of laser light on tissues is a unique property of laser therapy and is not duplicated by any other conventional physical therapy modality. The list of positive effects is extensive. Research has documented that laser promotes tissue remodeling, neurological recovery and improved function, improved quality of life in chronic pain states, improved flexibility, faster wound healing, and faster bone deposition in fracture. The primary biological action of laser results from the stimulation of electron chain transport mechanisms in the mitochondria, cell membranes, and epithelial tissues. This action causes the release of vasodilating chemicals, the stimulation of DNA and RNA synthesis, an increase in enzyme production, an increase of superoxide dismutase activity, normalization of tissue pH, and increased ATP production. The increase of vasodilation and improved microcirculation will increase the supply of cellular nutrition promoting tissue repair and tissue remodeling. Significant reduction in edema is also noted with studies demonstrating reduced lymph node congestion, reduced lymphedema, and reduction in extremity circumference and extremity swelling following laser treatment. There are currently thousands of studies surrounding the use of lasers for photobiomodulation and suppression of pain. The therapeutic applications of lasers are expanding and new uses are being discovered every day!