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The laser was invented in 1960 and the biostimulative properties of laser light were first discovered in 1967. Therapy lasers have been used in Europe much longer than in the United States. The United States Food and Drug Administration (US FDA) first cleared therapy lasers in 2002, and Class IV lasers in 2003. The CUBE models from K-LaserUSA were FDA-cleared May 25, 2012.
Laser therapy devices being used in the US today range in power output from 5 milliwatts to 15,000 milliwatts. Class 3a lasers are 5 milliwatts, Class 3b range from 5 to 500 milliwatts, and a Class 4 laser is any greater than 500 milliwatts (or half a Watt).
The K-Series Class 4 therapy laser has power adjustable from 0.1 to 8 Watts in the K-800 model, and 0.1 to 12 Watts in the K-1200.
The CUBE-4 from K-Laser has power adjustable from 0.1 to 15.0 Watts in continuous wave; and 20 Watts peak / 12 Watts average in Intense Super-Pulsed mode.
The adjustable power allows for a wide range of treatment protocols. Class 4 laser therapy delivers a therapeutic dosage to a large volume of tissue in a shorter period of time.
The number of sessions will depend on the exact diagnosis, age and overall health status of the patient, and other factors. In general, acute conditions can be treated more frequently and require fewer visits, typically 4-6. Chronic conditions may require more visits, and do not need K-Laser treatment as frequently. The effects of K-Laser treatments are cumulative.
Patients may experience significant pain relief very quickly – it is important to follow through with care in order to benefit from the biostimulative properties of therapeutic laser light.
K-Laser treatments are extremely safe when applied by a K-Laser certified, properly trained professional. K-Laser treatments should never be given directly over the eye or the thyroid gland – along with other absolute and relative contraindications as spelled out in the K-Laser Safety Manual.
K-Laser treatment is safe to deliver directly over metal implants, over broken skin, and on acute injuries. Also, pregnant veterinary technicians and chiropractic assistants can safely give K-Laser treatments.
Some patients tell that they feel heat even if they are treated with high power Laser emission. Are K-Laser treatments based on thermal effects?
The primary mechanism of laser therapy is photobiomodulation. Mild warming of superficial tissues may enhance circulation and feel soothing; however the stimulation of cells and tissue repair is based on scientific research that has demonstrated positive physiological effects of infrared wavelengths on cellular organelles and electron chain molecules.
The primary mechanism of laser therapy is photobiomodulation. The stimulation of cells and tissue repair is based on scientific research that has demonstrated positive physiological effects of infrared wavelengths on cellular organelles and electron chain molecules.
Coherence of laser has a greater penetration ability and higher therapeutic value than noncoherent light, although wavelengths specific to photobiomodulation will provide a therapeutic application regardless of the source. The K-Series laser provides high-powered laser in specific wavelengths that dramatically decrease treatment times and improve deep tissue penetration. Faster treatment time is a great benefit to the busy practitioner.
Yes. The K-Laser is unique in that it has preset therapy programs for the most common therapeutic applications. These presets are categorized anatomically, and subcategorized by indication. There are also additional treatments for specific ailments.
In addition, the K-Series laser features wavelength selectability, intense superpulse and the ability to create and store up to 120 user-defined multi-step protocols. The CUBE-series laser also features wavelength selectability, a stronger intense superpulse mode and the ability to create and store a near limitless number of user-defined multi-step protocols.
The CUBE-3 is backed by a full two-year service warranty for any manufacturing defects, and the diodes are warranteed for life. Additional warranties are available at a very affordable price. The CUBE-4 comes with a full 3-year warranty which also includes K-Care – which is peace of mind ensuring uptime. The K-Care plan covers damage to the optical fiber.
Yes. The K-Series and CUBE-series Class 4 Therapy Lasers have the ability to be quickly updated via a software update utilizing the USB port on the back of the unit. Zoom handpieces and optical fibers are also available and can be replaced, either on-site or by the K-Laser Technical Support staff.
Yes, multiple researchers throughout the world are finding therapeutic application of different infrared wavelengths as well as other visible light wavelengths such as red, green, and blue wavelengths and their effects on tissues. Advances in laser application and delivery include variations in modulation or frequency and intensity as well as different treatment wavelengths.
These variations in laser delivery produce different effects on tissues resulting in shorter treatment times and better treatment outcomes. There are limitations in low-level laser therapy because of dramatic absorption of infrared in the subcutaneous tissues. It is difficult for lasers under 200 milliwatts to penetrate beyond a few centimeters. The K-Laser Class IV therapy laser is the front-runner in high-power laser therapy systems and will continue to improve as new applications develop.
The high-power of K-Laser shortens treatment times. We offer a variety of K-Laser models that will shorten your treatment times on average from 3-8 minutes for most cases.
K-Laser delivers physiological benefits that no other modality can deliver. By stimulating adenosine triphosphate (ATP) production and enhancing cell membrane permeability K-Laser actually helps your athletes’ injuries heal, rather than just masking the pain.
In nearly all cases, yes. We provide thorough training which covers all aspects of operating and treating athletes with K-Laser. We’ll teach you everything from how to properly set up the laser to how to treat the most difficult conditions. Of course, this treatment should be delivered under your supervision.Consult your K-Laser sales representative to learn of the local regulations applicable to your area.
Yes. We are the only laser company to offer a lifetime warranty on our laser diodes. Also, the CUBE-3 carries a two-year warranty on the laser unit against manufacturing defects. And the CUBE-4 comes with a three-year warranty which also includes K-Care. Ask your sales rep for more information.
K-Laser first gained FDA market clearance in March 2005. Since then, chiropractors across the country have added the K-Laser to their treatment regimes. Class 4 laser therapy is FDA-cleared and is within the scope of practice for Doctors of Chiropractic.
K-LaserUSA has been proactive in meeting with State Boards of Chiropractic Examiners to ensure that Doctors of Chiropractic can utilize Class 4 Laser Therapy technology. In most cases, K-Laser has been THE ONLY company at these meetings, emphasizing K-LaserUSA’s dedication to the profession.
In nearly all cases, yes. We provide thorough training which covers all aspects of operating and treating patients with K-Laser. Of course, this treatment should be delivered under your supervision. Many offices have designated a ‘laser therapy technician’ since they are so busy with K-Laser treatments. Consult your K-Laser sales representative to learn of the local regulations applicable in your area.
In addition, it is safe for pregnant technicians or assistants to deliver K-Laser treatments.
We have compiled an extensive array of marketing tools. The basic items will come in the Marketing Starter Pack when you purchase your K-Laser, such as patient brochures, poster, reception room DVD, web site support and more. Other items are available at a small extra charge.
If you are standing still, you are falling behind. Technological advances have been making chiropractic better and better all during its one hundred-plus year history. Adding K-Laser technology to your office will take you to the next level. Your patients deserve it!
K-LaserUSA takes great pride in offering extensive product implementation support, given by fellow chiropractors with clinical experience using the K-Laser in their own offices. Our Practice Development and Product Integration team will assess your office needs, patient flow, clinical protocols and therapy procedures to integrate K-Laser as easily as possible.
I’ve read all the information about laser therapy, and I am still confused – can you explain it to me?
Yes, we can. We have a variety of resources available – including online webinars that could be done with you one-on-one – to help you understand the science and physiology of laser therapy. Visit the Library of Evidence on our website, and read the other articles and white papers on our site.
K-Laser applied before adjusting is extremely beneficial. One of the primary problems with adjustments is the natural guarding and splinting of the stabilizer muscles and ligamentous structures. K-Laser therapy eliminates this response, giving your patient a more effective, comfortable, longer lasting benefit from chiropractic treatment. Patients benefit from reduced pain and inflammation, increased range of motion and enhanced tissue repair.
K-Laser delivers physiological benefits that no other modality can deliver. By stimulating adenosine triphosphate (ATP) production and enhancing cell membrane permeability (along with other effects) K-Laser therapy actually helps your patient’s injuries heal, rather than just masking the pain. K-Laser therapy is not a thermal treatment; it is bio-stimulatory from photochemical reactions in cellular tissue. As such, K-Laser can be used safely over metal implants and for patients with circulation and neuropathy problems.
More than 2,500 published studies worldwide involving laser therapy, with over 100 double-blind studies published. There are several effects that have been observed with therapeutic lasers, and phototherapy in general, that make laser therapy unique among the various healing modalities available today. Photobiomodulation produces changes in oxidation/reduction status of the mitochondria which lead to substantial increases in ATP synthesis. Activation of the sodium/potassium pump alters the cell membrane permeability.
Under your direct supervision, yes. We provide thorough training which covers all aspects of operating and treating patients with K-Laser. Many offices have designated a ‘laser therapy technician’ since they are so busy with K-Laser treatments. Technicians must be trained and certified, complete the online Safety Modules and receive their certificate of training completion from K-LaserUSA.Please consult your K-Laser sales representative to learn of the local regulations applicable in your area.
In addition, it is safe for pregnant technicians or assistants to deliver K-Laser treatments.
We provide extensive product implementation support. K-Laser is a company that is managed and represented by doctors with clinical experience using K-Laser in their own offices. Our Practice Development and Product Integration team will assess your office needs, patient flow, clinical protocols and therapy procedures to integrate K-Laser therapy as easily as possible.
Currently, there is no CPT code for laser therapy. K-Laser treatments are a cash modality. We help you with procedures to implement the K-Laser into your practice.
You should wait at least seven days after giving a cortisone shot. Research has suggested that it is a net zero gain for K-Laser and steroids because they both suppress prostaglandin E-2. Light sensitive medication presents a relative contraindication to laser therapy.
Contraindications include the following: direct laser exposure of the eyes; directly over a gravid uterus; directly over a known cancerous tumor , and directly over thyroid tissue.
K-Laser therapy is not a thermal treatment; it is bio-stimulatory due to photochemical reactions in tissue. As such, laser therapy can be used safely over metal implants and patients with circulation and neuropathy problems.
Laser light is monochromatic, coherent and collimated. The beam from the K-Laser is allowed to naturally diffuse, and it does maintain its qualities of monochromacity and coherence. Photons of laser light have numerous beneficial effects when interacting with human tissue.