At Legacy Medical Centers, we use Class IV lasers that have the capacity to reach a power of 60 Watts and penetrate many centimeters below the skin’s surface. Our lasers work by photobiomodulation, a process by which the laser supplies photons of energy in the form of near infrared light, which is absorbed by chromophores in the mitochondria of the cells. The primary chromophore is cytochrome c oxidase, the terminal enzyme in the respiratory chain. Activating this enzyme increases its rate of reaction, and more adenosine triphosphate (ATP) is produced, allowing for an improved rate of healing and repair within damaged tissues. The laser light increases the energy available to the cells so that they may assimilate nutrients faster and remove waste products. The most important and most basic effect of laser therapy is the improved production of ATP, which is the universal biological fuel within our body. When one receives laser therapy, they get a significant boost in ATP. According to Tiina Karu, Head of the Laboratory of Laser Biology and Medicine, many of the widespread benefits from laser therapy may, in fact, be related to the effects on ATP.
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Class IV laser therapy has various benefits depending on how it is used, including:
At Legacy Medical Centers, we use Class IV laser therapy most often for:*
*Keep in mind that your health insurance may have a disclaimer stating that laser therapy is considered experimental or investigational for all conditions except carpal tunnel syndrome. At Legacy Medical Centers, we treat each case as unique and explain the intended purpose of treatment and obtain consent before starting care.
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