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LASER THERAPY

How it works

Whether it is acute or chronic, superficial or deep, laser therapy can help. Laser Therapy is the painless application of laser energy promoting increased circulation by drawing oxygen and nutrients to the affected area. This creates an optimal healing environment reducing inflammation, swelling, muscle spasm, stiffness and pain. As the injured area returns to normal, pain is relieved and function is restored. 

Class IV Laser Therapy can help decrease inflammation and pain in acute, chronic, superficial, or deep conditions by increasing circulation and enhancing tissue repair. Laser therapy does so by delivering specific red and near-infrared wavelengths of laser light to induce a photochemical reaction and therapeutic effect. Class IV laser therapy can be safely used as an adjunct or replacement for pharmaceutical drugs. This pain relief treatment is FDA cleared and enables patients to have an alternative to drugs and surgery.

Benefits of Class IV Laser Therapy Treatments:

    • Reduce inflammation, decrease pain, improve range of motion
    • Accelerate tissue regeneration
    • Decrease scar tissue and fibrosis
    • Accelerate wound healing
    • Minimize recovery time
    • Non-invasive

What To Expect

Laser therapy treatments last between 5 and 10 minutes depending on the condition being treated. Class 4 laser therapy treatments in Boulder must be administered directly to skin, as laser light cannot penetrate through layers of clothing. Typically, you will feel a soothing warmth as the therapy is administered. Most patients see results after 4-6 short treatments. 

What can laser treat

Laser Therapy Can Help With

  • Tendinopathies
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Tennis Elbow or Golfers Elbow
  • Neck Pain
  • Lower Back Pain
  • Rib Pain
  • Ligament Sprains
  • Muscle Strains
  • Repetitive Stress Injuries
  • Chondromalacia Patellae
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Myofascial Trigger Points
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Shoulder, Back & Knee Pain
  • Herpes Zoster (Shingles)
  • Post-Traumatic Injury
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Diabetic Neuropathy
  • Sports Injuries
  • Auto & Work Related Injuries

How does it differ from cold laser or ultrasound?

A class 4 laser is the most powerful therapeutic laser available in a clinical setting. Increased power output allows the laser therapy to penetrate deeper into the tissues compared to a traditional 'cold' laser or ultrasound. Increased power output also results in shorter, more effective treatment times. 

Cold lasers have extremely low power output, and are only capable of penetrating up to slightly below the level of the skin. These cold lasers are limited to conditions related to the skin or just below the skin, such as superficial ligaments and nerves in hands, feet, elbows and knees.  Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) has virtually no impact on the treatment of joint, muscle, nerve, bone or spinal disc conditions since most of these body structures are located deep beneath the skin. Therefore, Cold Laser Therapy is often considered obsolete by Laser Therapy standards. 

Ultrasound therapy uses sound waves to treat superficial conditions of the body, compared to the deeper penetrating light waves of the Class IV laser. Class 4 lasers provide a level of versatility unrivaled by ultrasound and cold lasers due to their ability to treat both superficial and deep tissue conditions.

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FAQ

Does it hurt? What does a treatment feel like? 

There is little or no sensation during treatment. Occasionally, the patient feels mild, soothing warmth, or tingling sensations. Areas of pain or inflammation may be sensitive briefly before pain reduction.

Are there any side effects or associated risks?

During more than twenty years of use by healthcare providers all over the world, very few side effects have ever been reported. Occasionally, some old injuries or pain syndromes may feel aggravated for a few days as the healing response is more active after treatment.

How often should a patient receive laser therapy?

Acute conditions may be treated daily, particularly if they are accompanied by significant pain. More chronic problems respond better when treatments are received 2 to 3 times a week, tapering to once every week or two as improvement is seen.  

How many laser therapy treatments does it take?

This depends on the nature of the condition being treated. For some acute conditions 4 to 6 treatments may be sufficient. Those of a more chronic nature may require 6 to 12 (or more) treatments. Conditions such as severe arthritis may require ongoing periodic care to control pain.

How long before results are felt from laser therapy?

You may feel improvement in your condition (usually pain reduction) after the very first treatment. Sometimes you will not feel improvement for a number of treatments. This does not mean that the condition is not improving. Each treatment is cumulative and results are often felt after 3 or 4 sessions.


To complete your paperwork for your first appointment,   click here: Laser Intake and Consent

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Locations

Hours of Operation

New Patient Appointments are available! Walk-in appointments are for Established Patients only

Grand Rapids Adjusting Hours

Monday, Wednesday

7:30 am - 12:00 pm

3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Tuesday, Thursday

7:30 am - 12:00 pm

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Friday

7:30 am - 12:00 pm

Saturday, Sunday

Closed

Wayland Adjusting Hours

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday

8:00 am - 1:00 pm

3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Tuesday, Friday

8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Saturday, Sunday

Closed

Grand Rapids Massage Therapy

Monday - Wednesday

9:15 am - 6:45 pm

By Appointment Only

Thursday, Saturday, Sunday

Closed

Friday

9:00 am - 12:45 pm

By Appointment Only

Wayland Massage Therapy

Monday, Tuesday, Saturday, Sunday

Closed

Wednesday

Same Day Appointments May be Available

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

By Appointment Only

Thursday

Same Day Appointments May be Available

9:00 am - 5:30 pm

By Appointment Only

Friday

9:15 am - 1:00 pm

By Appointment Only

Grand Rapids Adjusting Hours

Monday, Wednesday
7:30 am - 12:00 pm 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Tuesday, Thursday
7:30 am - 12:00 pm 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Friday
7:30 am - 12:00 pm
Saturday, Sunday
Closed

Wayland Adjusting Hours

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday
8:00 am - 1:00 pm 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Tuesday, Friday
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Saturday, Sunday
Closed

Grand Rapids Massage Therapy

Monday - Wednesday
9:15 am - 6:45 pm By Appointment Only
Thursday, Saturday, Sunday
Closed
Friday
9:00 am - 12:45 pm By Appointment Only

Wayland Massage Therapy

Monday, Tuesday, Saturday, Sunday
Closed
Wednesday
Same Day Appointments May be Available 9:00 am - 5:00 pm By Appointment Only
Thursday
Same Day Appointments May be Available 9:00 am - 5:30 pm By Appointment Only
Friday
9:15 am - 1:00 pm By Appointment Only