The word Laser stands for "light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation". It’s also referred to as LLLT-’low level laser therapy...’
Here is an oversimplified way to think of laser; it’s like millions of flashes from a camera all happening at lightening speed and affecting tissues at the cellular level. The infrared light actually affects cells by absorption inside the cell. It can help relieve pain by releasing endorphins and increasing serotonin to the brain.
What is ‘laser puncture’? I like to call it laser Acupoint stimulation. Using Traditional Chinese Medicine philosophy we can activate the points along a particular meridian to either relax or tonify a point. Another technique, is the de-activation of a trigger point. It is non-invasive as the skin is not broken and the light (in the form of laser) is doing the stimulation, or sedation of the point, whichever is needed at the time. It is a side-effect free modality. “Laser use activates tissue repair, releases endorphins and stimulates ATP production and nitric oxide release, just as regular acupuncture with needles does....”Multi Radiance Medical
Is Laser safe? The light from a low level laser (cold laser) is absorbed by healthy cells and does not trigger a change. The light only interacts with damaged cells so there is no way to cause injury. Class 1, 2, and 3 lasers are safe for home use. Class 4 lasers have the potential for damage if used improperly and are typically reserved for in office medical use.
I use a Class I Laser, the very same laser endorsed by the USEF and numerous teams in the NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB, MLS, US Air Forces, Army and Navy as well as the US Veteran’s Administration.. It “combines the synergetic influence of four electromagnetic radiances (super pulsed infrared laser radiation, pulsing broadband infrared radiation, pulsing red and blue light) and a fixed magnetic field.”Multi Radiance Medical.
These radiances serve to work at different depths in the tissue (up to 5 inches) and the blue light has also been shown in studies to kill bacteria, including MRSA. It is highly effective for wound healing as well as post-operative.
What is LED light compared to Laser light? Light from LEDs have very little tissue penetration compared to laser light. LED's just penetrate through the dermis. For conditions that require deeper penetration than skin layers, a laser is the best choice. By applying the first law of photochemistry (Grotthus-Draper Law) which states that light must be absorbed by a molecule before photochemistry can occur, one can conclude that light from LED's will work only on skin level conditions. For conditions deeper than upper skin layers, a laser is more effective.
What’s the difference between continuous pulsed and super pulsed? “Continuous wave lasers produce a fixed level of power during the emission. Pulsed lasers, as the name implies, produce a high power level impulse of light for a very brief duration for each pulse. It is the high power level during each pulse that drives the light energy deep to the target tissue. Even though the pulse peaks at a high power level there are no heating effects to the tissue since the pulses are of very short duration. Thus, the peak power of a pulsed laser can be much higher than a comparable continuous laser. By using pulsed lasers, one is able to more effectively drive light energy deeper into the tissue.”Cold Lasers.org
What can cold laser be used for? It can be used in a sports capacity to improve performance by suppling muscles, increasing blood flow, encouraging acceleration of healing from injury, and reduction of inflammation. It is also widely used for chronic issues such as the pain associated with arthritis, old injuries, post-surgical, and long term non-healing injuries.
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