DR. PALMER IS ONE OF THE ONLY DOCTORS IN THE LYNCHBURG, VA AND THE ONLY DOCTOR IN ALTAVISTA, VA AND SURROUNDING AREAS TO OFFER CLASS IV LASER THERAPY.
Class IV Therapeutic Lasers are the single most important breakthrough we have witnessed in the history of therapy. It is without a doubt the safest, most effective, non-invasive, painless therapy available. Patient results reported across the globe are nothing short of amazing!
Here at Palmer Chiropractic Center, we are always looking for ways to improve the care we provide by utilizing modern technologies like the class 4 laser therapy. While using a class 4 laser for therapy is not new (it was cleared by the FDA in 2003), it is something that many of our patients have never heard of.
There are so many benefits to laser therapy as a chiropractic treatment. Our goal as chiropractors is to neurologically align the body for optimal performance. High-power laser therapy is one of the fastest, most effective modalities chiropractors currently have to treat pain and inflammation safely and non-invasively. Laser therapy is growing in popularity as a way to reduce inflammation and decrease pain, and we offer this treatment on its own or in combination with other therapies to help get you feeling like your old self again.
If you are suffering from a painful condition and are looking for a non-surgical and drug-free solution, our Class IV Laser Therapy may be able to help.
Soft Tissue Injuries
- Herniated disc
- Knee Pain
- Planter Fasciitis
- Back and Neck Pain
- Tendonitis and Carpal Tunnel
- Elbow Pain
- Shoulder Pain
- Foot Pain
- Leg Pain
- Hip Pain
- Sprains and Strains
- Repetitive Strain Injuries
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Wrist Pain
- Venous Ulcers
- Diabetic Foot Ulcers
- Deep Edema / Congestion
- Sports Injuries
- Auto & Work Related Injuries
- Nail Fungus
- Post-Surgical Pain Reduction
Neurogenic Pain / Loss
- Spinal Stenosis
- Diabetic Neuropathies
- Trigeminal Neuralgia
- Bells Palsy
- Sciatic Pain
- Herpes Zoster (Shingles)
- Post Viral Loss of Smell
Some of the benefits of this unique treatment include:
- Relief of both acute and chronic pain. This enables you to bend, crouch, reach and perform regular daily activities easily and without discomfort.
- Improved range of motion and mobility in the affected area. When your range of motion is affected, it greatly affects your quality of life, so you will feel a lot like your old self again once
- The treatment is painless. There is no discomfort associated with laser therapy treatment.
- Reduces the need for pharmaceuticals. Laser therapy is a drug-free way to help eliminate your pain.
- It is non-invasive. No invasive surgical procedures and no risk of associated infections.
- One application of class IV laser therapy that is started to gain acceptance is pain management after surgery. One study conducted in 2015 showed a significant reduction in pain. The study contained 100 patients who underwent off-pump coronary artery bypass surgery. The results indicated the existence of tissue healing. Two other notable results were a shortened healing time and decreased need for pain medication.
PROFESSIONAL SPORTS ENDORSES LASER THERAPY
Cincinnati Bengals - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
We were introduced to the K-laser midway last
season and it immediately became an integral part of our treatment options with
the Cincinnati Bengal's. It made our low-level laser virtually obsolete and
proved to be very helpful in returning our injured athletes to the field
quickly. Its sleek design and fool-proof applications makes it easy for any
health care professional to bring state of the art therapy into their office.
Toronto Raptors - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Since starting with the laser, I have had some
outstanding results in being able to get our athletes back to the game and practice.
New York Jets - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
….extremely helpful returning our players as quickly and safely to the field of play.
Boston Celtics - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
The LCT-1000® laser therapy device has been an invaluable asset to our team. I would like to thank you and LiteCure for helping to keep our players in the game throughout our 2008 Championship season. This laser therapy device will continue to be part of the high level of care our medical staff provides our players.
VP, Major League Baseball - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
I am so impressed with the laser, and it’s healing properties, I am now recommending it to my family, friends and business associates.
Toronto Blue Jays - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
We have been using the laser successfully to treat conditions such as plantar fasciitis, hamstring pulls, and other nagging injuries. All the players love the laser. The treatment times are fast and the results are obvious. Our pitching staff use the laser as part of their normal warm up and rehab treatments. The laser is instrumental in getting players back on the field earlier than expected after severe injury. We have used low level lasers in the past, the big difference with the LCT-1000® is the faster treatment times and consistent positive outcomes.
Miami Heat - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
I have several players now that only wish to have their injuries treated with the laser. We have had great success treating “-itis” problems. Both patellar and plantar fascitis are responding to treatment very quickly and we couldn’t be more pleased. My only regret is that it took me three years of talking and researching to be convinced to acquire a unit.
Class 4 Laser Therapy Benefits
The benefits of class 4 laser therapy include reduced pain and swelling as well as improved range of motion but a class 4 laser has some very interesting effects that we don’t notice as obviously. A class 4 laser increases tissue regeneration which is why you heal faster but it also accelerates soft tissue and bone repair. This kind of laser therapy can also improve nerve regeneration & function as well as impact your cells to increase cell metabolism, enzymatic responses, collagen production, and promote angiogenesis (the creation of new blood vessels). So yes, you walk away from class 4 laser therapy feeling better but the therapy continues to work on the cellular level to improve your musculoskeletal health after you leave the office.
We use class 4 laser therapy on a range of issues including chronic knee pain or arthritis, chronic Achilles tendonitis, elbow pain or tendonitis in the elbow, and chronic wrist pain. We are able to use the class 4 laser on a wide range of injury sites and extremities to provide relief to our patients.
Now you might be wondering what it feels like to get class 4 laser therapy. We find that many patients think that laser therapy will hurt and they’re pleasantly surprised to learn that they will feel some soothing warmth in the area we’re treating but certainly no pain. Class 4 lasers provide pain-free relief to many of our patients and can also be used in conjunction with other treatments like dry needling.
How does Class 4 Laser Therapy Work?
The wavelength of the laser used in Class 4 laser therapy penetrates deeper and more efficiently than the Class 3 laser allowing it to pass energy to the nerve, muscle, ligament, and tendon tissue in a short amount of time. In fact, most sessions range from 2-6 minutes which means we can treat injured tissue in multiple areas in a single session thus improving your results.
Class 4 laser therapy stimulates the production of ATP (adenosine triphosphate) which drives many of the processes within our cells. This increased production of ATP helps speed up the healing process within cells. This video from a manufacturer of one of the category IV laser devices explains how the category 4 laser works at a cellular level:
Class IV Laser Therapy VS Cold Laser Therapy (Class 3B)
COLD CLASS 3B
Cold Laser Therapy (or Low Level Light Therapy) was introduced into the USA in 2001 with low power levels. Since that time new scientific and clinical discoveries have led to the development of the higher power lasers, including the new Class IV laser therapy. Cold lasers are really only able to treat simple conditions because they can penetrate just 0.5 cm into the body. The only areas the cold laser can effect are related to the skin or just under the skin, and treatment times are usually very long.
CLASS IV LASER
Chiropractic treats joints, muscles, spine, and nerves and needs a higher-powered laser to effectively treat pain and help the body heal. The Class IV laser is able to penetrate up to 4 cm and is 24 times more powerful that a cold laser. Since it is able to penetrate so deeply into the body, the vast majority of muscles, ligaments, tendons, joints, and nerves can be treated effectively.
Laser therapy using the Class IV has a myriad of non-invasive, non-surgical, and drug-free healing effects. Laser therapy provides pain relief of acute and chronic conditions. It decreases inflammation by increasing the energy to the cell. Increased energy allows for better absorption of nutrients and the reduction of toxins. Laser therapy is especially effective to speed up recovery after a surgery or sports injury.
There are so many benefits to laser therapy as a chiropractic treatment. Our goal as chiropractors is to neurologically align the body for optimal performance. High-power laser therapy is one of the fastest, most effective modalities chiropractors currently have to treat pain and inflammation safely and non-invasively. This is why we have chosen to use the Category IV laser to treat our patients.
Over 2000 published research studies demonstrate:
- Laser therapy improves blood flow and lymphatic drainage
- Laser therapy has a strengthening effect on tissue repair
- It is an effective means of relief for many pain syndromes
- It can improve immune response
- Enhanced nerve regeneration & function
- Increased microcirculation & vasodilation
- Increased lymphatic flow
- Increased collagen production
- Increases the speed, quality and tensile strength of tissue repair
- Reduced inflammation
- Enhanced angiogenesis (creation of new blood vessels)
If you suffer from chronic musculoskeletal pain, arthritic joints, nagging injuries, neuropathy, and other painful problems, you need a treatment approach that helps you feel and function better as safely and non-invasively as possible. Chiropractic adjustment can offer remarkable benefits, but Dr. Adam W Palmer knows how to enhance those benefits even further through complementary techniques. Photobiomodulation laser therapy could make all the difference in helping you reclaim your quality of life.
What Is Photobiomodulation Therapy?
Photobiomodulation, also called low-level laser therapy (LLLT), uses amplified light delivered in a narrow beam to treat a variety of musculoskeletal ailments. Unlike surgical lasers, photobiomodulation therapy penetrates the skin without burning or cutting.
The laser reaches into underlying tissues in need of treatment. There, it triggers increased cellular production of an energy source called ATP. Cells can then use this extra energy to rebuild and regenerate themselves.
Photobiomodulation also increases circulation in the tissues receiving treatment. This boost brings more oxygen and other healing ingredients to the cells while also helping tissues expel unwanted fluids or inflammatory byproducts. As a result, you experience a reduction in pain, swelling, and inflammation.
How Photobiomodulation Works With Chiropractic Care
Dr. Palmer team uses photobiomodulation laser therapy as a sensible adjunct to chiropractic care. Many of the same conditions that we treat through chiropractic adjustment also respond well to photobiomodulation laser therapy. Examples include:
- Tendinitis or bursitis
- Neck or low-back pain
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Nerve damage and chronic neurological symptoms
- Fractures or other acute injuries
- Knee, foot, or other joint pain (including arthritis symptoms)
Research showed that sufferers from facet joint (spinal) pain who received both chiropractic care and photobiomodulation laser therapy enjoyed a greater degree of improvement than patients who only received one or the other (or no treatment at all).
What to Expect During and After Photobiomodulation Laser Therapy
Photobiomodulation laser therapy doesn't cause any discomfort; the treatment itself usually feels warm and soothing. Each treatment you receive may relieve more of your symptoms, which is why we typically recommend a series of treatments. Many patients experience significant relief right away. For more information about spinal and laser therapy, contact Palmer Chiropractic Center of Lynchburg at (434) 237-2299 or our Altavista location at (434) 369-1015.