What is Class 4 Laser Therapy? (Class IV Laser Benefits & Effects)

What is Class 4 Laser Therapy?
(Class IV Laser Benefits & Effects)

Here at Kalkstein Chiropractic, we are always looking for ways to improve the care we provide by utilizing modern technologies like 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. In this video you’ll learn why we use class 4 laser therapy, what it’s used to treat, the results you can expect, and how much it costs.


What is Class 4 Laser Therapy?

Class 4 laser therapy may sound futuristic but it has become a standard of care for many musculoskeletal injuries. Laser therapy uses specific wavelengths of light (red and near-infrared) to create therapeutic effects. The light that is transmitted via the laser helps stimulate certain processes within the body that help provide relief to symptoms including pain, swelling, and limited range of motion. 

There are different classes of lasers like the Class 3 laser which is a cold laser whereas the Class 4 laser produces heat. We decided to purchase a Class 4 laser because we are the team chiropractor for the Baltimore Orioles and that laser is a part of their treatment protocol. It has been a staple for the Orioles and now we’re able to offer this specialized treatment to all of our patients so they can take advantage of the wide variety of Class 4 laser therapy benefits.


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. In the video, Dr. Blake explains that as a result of increased ATP production the patient experiences an improvement of symptoms, including reduced pain, swelling, and range of motion and of course, the heat from the laser is soothing as well.


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 Much Does Class 4 Laser Therapy Cost?

We take most health insurance at our office but most insurance companies class laser therapy as “experimental” even though it’s widely used and accepted among medical doctors, chiropractors, and veterinarians. Unfortunately, that “experimental” classification means most insurance companies will refuse to pay for it.

In our office, a single class 4 laser therapy treatment is $40 but if you pay at the time of service we give you $10 off. The price goes down with cumulative treatments. For example, if you need 4 visits they will be priced at $30 each and 8 visits will be $25 each. We try to keep this treatment as affordable as possible because we know how much it helps our patients and we don’t want the “experimental” status to prevent them from being able to get access to this treatment.

Are you interested in finding out if class 4 laser therapy right for you? Click here to schedule your appointment to see one of our chiropractors.

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Kalkstein Chiropractic
200 East Joppa Road #300
Towson, MD 21286
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