Class 4
Laser Therapy

A deeper, more effective treatment

Decreases pain, inflammation and promotes healing

Safe and non-invasive treatment 

Whether it is a new injury or a long-standing one, the goal of any treatment should always be to get you back to pain-free function as soon as possible. To do that quickly, you need something that helps to speed up healing time and simultaneously reduces pain and inflammation.

Class 4 Laser Therapy can help

Class 4 Laser Therapy is a medical deep tissue treatment that uses focused light to decrease pain and swelling and speed up recovery in injured tissues. This treatment is FDA approved and provides you with a non-invasive, non-pharmacological alternative for pain relief.

Should you add Class 4 Laser Therapy to your treatment plan?

 

How Laser Therapy works

Through a process called “photobiomodulation“, Class 4 Laser Therapy stimulates the injured tissues to produce more energy for healing, to dilate the vessels to promote clearance of inflammation and to block pain impulses from reaching the brain.

Not all lasers are created equal

You may have experienced laser treatment in the past with questionable results. What is important to understand is that most clinics utilize “Class 3” lasers. These do work, but their ability to penetrate to the deeper tissues, such as muscles, joints and nerves, is usually quite limited.

Watch the video to learn how Class 4 Laser Therapy works, and how it is different from the typical lasers used in the majority of clinics.

What can be treated with Laser Therapy?

Laser Therapy is effective at decreasing pain and inflammation and promoting faster healing. Therefore, if applied properly for the specific ailment, and if delivered with the right equipment, it can likely help manage most injuries.

Countless scientific studies have examined the use of Laser Therapy in the management of various conditions. Here is a list of conditions that have scientifically been shown to be treated effectively with lasers:

Acute Injuries

Recent (acute) injuries always present with pain and local inflammation. Laser Therapy has been shown to help eliminate pain and inflammation and speed up the healing process in the following acute injuries:

  • Acute joint and soft-tissue injuries (i.e: acute joint pain, ligament sprains & muscle tears)
  • Acute temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain
  • Skin burns, wounds and diabetic ulcers
  • Post-operative pain (i.e.: surgical wounds)
Chronic Injuries

Long-standing (chronic) injuries typically present with pain and signs of chronic inflammation and sensitized nerves. Below are chronic conditions scientifically shown to be treated effectively with Laser Therapy:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Chronic low back pain
  • Chronic neck pain
  • Chronic temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Headaches
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome

 

Complicated Pain Syndromes

Chronic and debilitating pain comes in many different forms. Below is a list of complicated conditions scientifically shown to be treated effectively with Laser Therapy:

  • Shingles
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Trigeminal neuralgia (aka: Tic Douloureux)
  • Pain sensitivity related to neuropathic pain (including diabetic peripheral neuropathic pain)

Most studies have demonstrated that Laser Therapy can be used successfully as a stand-alone treatment. However, we always recommend using Class 4 deep tissue Laser Therapy as an adjunct to a comprehensive injury plan of management. 

What can be treated with Laser Therapy?

Laser Therapy is effective at decreasing pain and inflammation and promoting faster healing. Therefore, if applied properly for the specific ailment, and if delivered with the right equipment, it can likely help manage most injuries.

Countless scientific studies have examined the use of Laser Therapy in the management of various conditions. Here is a list of conditions that have scientifically been shown to be treated effectively with lasers:

Acute Injuries

Recent (acute) injuries always present with pain and local inflammation. Laser Therapy has been shown to help eliminate pain and inflammation and speed up the healing process in the following acute injuries:

  • Acute joint and soft-tissue injuries (i.e: acute joint pain, ligament sprains & muscle tears)
  • Acute temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain
  • Skin burns, wounds and diabetic ulcers
  • Post-operative pain (i.e.: surgical wounds)
Chronic Injuries

Long-standing (chronic) injuries typically present with pain and signs of chronic inflammation and sensitized nerves. Below are chronic conditions scientifically shown to be treated effectively with Laser Therapy:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Chronic low back pain
  • Chronic neck pain
  • Chronic temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Headaches
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome

 

Complicated Pain Syndromes

Chronic and debilitating pain comes in many different forms. Below is a list of complicated conditions scientifically shown to be treated effectively with Laser Therapy:

  • Shingles
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Trigeminal neuralgia (aka: Tic Douloureux)
  • Pain sensitivity related to neuropathic pain (including diabetic peripheral neuropathic pain)

Most studies have demonstrated that Laser Therapy can be used successfully as a stand-alone treatment. However, we always recommend using Class 4 deep tissue Laser Therapy as an adjunct to a comprehensive injury plan of management. 

What a treatment looks like

Laser Therapy is a non-invasive treatment modality. While we utilize a high power Class 4 laser (Deep Tissue Laser), our healthcare providers have been trained to administer the therapy so that it is 100% risk-free. 

All you will feel is a deep, warm and soothing sensation.

Watch the video to learn what to expect from a typical Class 4 Laser treatment.

Class 4 Laser Therapy: Frequently Asked Questions

Who performs the Class 4 deep tissue Laser Therapy treatment

At Propel Active Health & Lifestyle, we believe your care should always be placed in the hands of rigorously trained healthcare providers. This is why all of our Class 4 deep tissue laser treatments are always performed by practitioners such as: chiropractorssports specialist chiropractors and physiotherapists.

Does Laser Therapy hurt?

No! It actually feels quite pleasant.

Class 4 Lasers are powerful machines and can cause burns if not used and calibrated properly. However, when delivered properly, Class 4 deep tissue Laser treatment creates a deep warming sensation, without any discomfort whatsoever.

How long before I feel relief with Class 4 Laser Therapy?

Class 4 deep tissue Laser Therapy is known for its immediate analgesic effects. The laser’s ability to effectively target deep tissues and nerves, and produce a penetrating warming effect are the reasons that many people feel relief quite quickly.

Keep in mind that the nature of your injury dictates how long before you are pain-free. Recent (acute) injuries generally take less time to heal, while long-standing (chronic) injuries tend to take longer. In most cases, significant improvements are seen within 4-6 visits. 

Are there contraindications to Class 4 Laser Therapy?

Yes, but only a few.

It is contraindicated to use therapeutic lasers in the following situations:

  • Over a tumour or cancerous lesion
  • Over the abdomen during pregnancy
  • Over the site of cortisone injection, within 2-weeks of injection
  • Over non-united bone growth-plates in a child
What does a Laser Therapy treatment cost?

A single “laser-only” treatment costs $30.

If Laser Therapy is just one part of your treatment plan, an additional $20 will be charged to the standard healthcare provider fee schedule.

Please note that Laser treatment delivered by a qualified healthcare provider such as a chiropractor or a physiotherapist can be billed to your private insurance. (Yes, we can bill directly for you!)

Do you do direct insurance billing for Laser Therapy?

Yes! As long as your private insurer is listed on Telus eHealth (most are), we will bill your insurance directly.

How do I get started with Laser Therapy?

To determine the nature of your injury and to ensure Class 4 Laser treatment is right for you, you must first schedule an initial assessment with a qualified healthcare provider such as a chiropractor, or a physiotherapist. Following the assessment, you and your healthcare provider will discuss the treatment options based on your goals and expectations.

 

Yes, treatment begins the same day as your assessment!