Laser And Physical Therapy

FAQ: What Is Class IV Laser Therapy?

Here at Borja Physical Therapy, our world revolves around our patients’ needs! Our experienced and highly trained team is here to make recovery a reachable goal! We specialize in keeping you active. We empower your decision to heal the natural way, without relying on pain pills, injections or surgery. So, what is class IV laser therapy?

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What Is Class IV Laser Therapy?

There are 4 classifications of lasers. The FDA has grouped all lasers, both medical and non-medical alike.

Class IV lasers reduce pain and other symptoms due to injury. They use forced light to stimulate cells and promote healing. There’s a specific wavelength of light used to create therapeutic effects.

Class IV lasers include those that emit power above 1 Watt. The majority of scientific, industrial, and medical lasers fall into this category.

Treatments are site-specific. They can be administered to one or more areas of the body. Treatments use a laser handpiece, either directly on your skin, or about a half inch above the surface and surrounding area of your injury and pain.

The Science Behind Class IV Lasers

Laser therapy is also referred to as “photobiomodulation” or PBM for short. This is a fancy term for laser treatments that heal and reduce pain.

So, what exactly does photobiomodulation mean?

Well, “photo” = light, “bio” = life, and “modulation” = change. Simply put, PBM uses light to interact with your cells to start a series of biological changes.

The process is simple. First, light enters injured tissue cells. The damaged cells become energized. Your body’s natural healing process is then supercharged. This results in some really big therapeutic benefits, like tissue regeneration and wound healing.

When it comes to class IV lasers, the amount of power they emit is what sets them apart from the rest.

In order to treat different conditions in your body, the laser light needs to be able to travel deep under your skin. It’s able to reach damaged cells further in the body, behind muscles, joints, and even bones.

Class IV lasers deliver a powerful dose of light in a short amount of time. This means treatment is short and effective, saving you time and money.

Improve With Laser Therapy

Here at Borja PT, we use the Lightforce FXi Class IV Laser. The purpose of laser therapy is to reduce pain and inflammation. Whether you’ve been experiencing pain for just a few days or for a few months. Laser therapy improves the body’s natural healing process through cellular activity. As a result, it helps your body use its own healing powers by starting a series of healing responses.

Click here to learn more about our LightForce Laser service or click here to learn the difference between class IV lasers and other lasers.

About The Author

Jaime Curl

I've explored many different fields within physical therapy, including acute care and oncology at Troy Beaumont Hospital, elementary through high school levels in the Troy School District, and outpatient physical therapy. As the office manager and marketer, I am able to combine my love for health and exercise science with my people skills, all with a dash of marketing and personal training. My hobbies include spending time with friends and family, baking, crafting, and watching my favorite movies or tv shows.

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