Laser is EXTREMELY beneficial for healing purposes - human and pets!
DID YOU NOW: Laser is actually an acronym? It stands for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation.
Now, hold up! Don't get anxious because of the word "radiation" because it's not radiation in the the truest sense - or negative sense.
It is a coherent (concentrated) beam of light operating at different frequencies and intensities. This sets it apart from different types of modalities like infrared which is VERY commonly marketed and sold to the public as a "Laser" for therapeutic applications, which...IS BOGUS.
Infrared is an entirely different modality (& yes, one that I use for different applications including on myself - see www.TheFitChick.com as I posted specifically about infrared)!
There are some devices that are the equivalent of a laser pointer (!) being used & sold under the auspices of therapeutic laser. (No, laser pointers won't heal anything.)
The nice part about lasers is the effect is cumulative; the more treatments you have, the better.
I usually advise a "loading" dose in the beginning and then tapering off. But this 100% depends on the condition/issue/ailment.
The main difference between Class III (aka, Class 3, cold, low level) and Class IV (Class 4, high power) lasers is the speed in which the light is delivered to the tissues. (And also some absorption or depth depending on the device and how it's applied to the body.) Class IV lasers work faster.
So one isn't necessarily BETTER than the other.
I have been using lasers for almost 20 years. I DO think it's important for people to know the basics about lasers because it seems almost every clinic and hospital has one now, and they are accessible online. But keep in mind what I said above regarding the devices and the operators of those devices...and go forth being informed in your choices.
Lasers are not only great to heal tissues but they have a role in wellness and prevention too - particularly in the case of tendons.
In general, the benefits of laser include:
I am surprised with the exponential increase in laser use of recent that there isn't more information available online - including basic "how to's".
Have you used lasers before or had one used on your or your pet?