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Home Use Lasers 101 – A Comprehensive Overview

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Are your ready to learn about home use lasers and healing lasers?

Do you want to know why and how home use lasers are used to treat a huge array of difficult to treat conditions with such great success? Are you curious why so many people are talking about and using therapeutic home use lasers for skin care, pain relief, injury recovery, arthritis, joint pain, repetitive strain disorders, post operative treatment to accelerate healing, all manner of skin conditions, dental conditions, immune support, acu-point therapy and so much more? Why is a home use laser important? Who can benefit? What are the advantages? How does a laser for home use work and what is the difference between the different hand held home use cold lasers or low level lasers?

First of all, it’s important to understand that we are talking about an evolved light and energy based technology that is often combined with others forms of therapeutic technology such as frequencies, electric stim, lasers and or Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs), color spectrums, wavelengths, soliton waves, scalar energy, and sometimes even magnets or magnetic fields. We will begin with the basics.

Right from the start it is important to understand that there are many words or terms that describe the same thing when it comes to therapeutic lasers.

They are often referred to as cold lasers, because they do not generate enough heat to produce any type of heat damage to cells or tissues. This makes them extremely safe. Low level lasers and Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT). Used to describe the fact that these lasers use a low enough amount of power to produce a bio-stimulative effect on the cells, without any of the potentially damaging effect that a “hot laser” can produce. Hot lasers are not for home use as they can produce too much heat and are commonly used to cut or burn, which is sometimes useful in dental applications and in the removal of tattoos for example. Healing lasers are low power cold lasers or bio stimulating lasers that support and encourage the cells to re-polarize, energize, regenerate, and heal. Also sometimes referred to as soft lasers, especially common with skin care lasers and LED light therapy devices that work well for treating the skin and superficial tissues to reduce wrinkles, firm and tone skin, reduce acne, scars and blemishes. These biostimulative wavelengths in the home use hand held variety of soft lasers support the natural production of collagen and elastin in the skin, which is why they are so popular and effective for use as a natural facelift technology that is commonly used at home, but also professionally in many salons.

Now that we have established that there are many terms and phrases that refer to the same therapeutic technology, let’s gain a greater understanding of what sets cold laser therapy devices apart from other healing technologies and devices.

There are a number of significant factors that make low level laser therapy effective and unique, including:

  1. MORE ENERGY PLEASE! The most significant contribution that these home use lasers offer is an ability to deliver an instantly available source of bio-available energy to your cells. NO other technology including ultrasound and electric stim can donate energy to the body. Any time there is sickness, dis-ease or injury, cells become weak and compromised. The laser delivers millions of photons to the cells and the mitochondria within the cells immediately converts the photons into a readily usable form of energy called Adenosine Triphosphate or ATP for short. This is the preferred fuel source of every cell in your body and it is made immediately available directly where it is needed. The significance of this alone is profound.
  2. CELLULAR RE-POLARIZATION. In an environment of sickness, injury or dis-ease, cells become compromised and the membrane of the cells can become impermiable, which means that it no longer takes in oxygen and nutrients from the blood or passes out wastes and toxins, and if the condition is not corrected then the cell essentially dies. This is the cellular process of aging and degeneration. However it can be quickly rectified with the application of a hand held cold laser directly over the ailing cells. Cold laser therapy quickly re-polarizes the cell membrane and enhances permeability, osmosis, cell division and replication, which is essentially anti-aging and regeneration.
  3. ANTI-INFLAMMATORY. Inflammation is often at the root cause of most illness. Many dis-eases are listed as some type of “itis”, which is just another word for inflammation. Low level laser therapy is inherently an anti-inflammatory process, as the laser helps to deactivate 7 of the 9 enzymes that cause inflammation by up to 70%. By reducing the intracellular inflammation, we help the body to produce a favorable inner terrain that supports optimal healing and regeneration on a cellular level.

By now you should have a good understanding of why low level laser therapy works for treating such a wide range of symptoms and conditions. They treat the body in multiple ways on a cellular level. It is extremely safe, and easy to apply to ones self at home. There are incredible advantages to being able to provide your body or your pets body with this revolutionary technology that has been practiced and perfected for over 40 years. You can save a lot of time and money. The application of a home use laser is very convenient. You can use your laser any time you want and there is no need to make an appointment, and then show up somewhere, which might not be convenient or practical for you lifestyle. Most people and many pets can benefit from ongoing treatments of low level laser therapy. It just makes sense to pay once and then use it whenever you want and you can also share it with your friends and family.

A home use laser is not something you buy to use just once or a few times. It’s a lifetime investment to be used to enhance the quality of you, your family and maybe your pets life. We never stop aging, we never stop living, we never stop finding new and easy ways to apply our home use lasers to aches, pains, injuries, skin conditions, wrinkles, joint inflammation, breathing difficulties, sleeping disorders, and pet conditions of all kinds. The body, cells and tissues are always breaking down and always need more energy and when they get it, it means a better quality of life, reduction or elimination of pain, faster healing, better joint mobility and flexibility, improved performance in life and improved recovery from sports, injuries, accidents and operations.

Understanding the different kinds of laser:

Now listen up. This is where things start to get real interesting. There are many different home use lasers on the market these days and it can be difficult to figure out which one to buy. The fact is that it is very rare for just one laser to meet all of your needs because different laser wavelengths produce different effects and different levels of depth penetration. That’s why many people own and use several lasers. A skin care laser, a pain relief laser, a veterinary laser, a home use laser, a clinical use laser, an acupuncture laser, a laser for use in the care of bed sores, a portable laser to take to the office, the gym or the sports tournament or while traveling.

What are the different wavelengths and colors of home use lasers?

Red wavelengths typically work best for treating superficial tissues and are ideal for soft tissues such as the skin, gums, wounds, wrinkles, and superficial joint and pain conditions. Infrared wavelengths work better for treating deep into the body, joints and hard tissues, as well as the brain cells and nerves and for scar reduction. Blue and violet wavelengths are less common and are typically superficial, however also work on a quantum level, emotional and spiritual level and they carry way more information than all other wavelengths. Green wavelengths are not commonly used for healing, but rather demonstrate well for pointers in presentations and for laser light shows.

Therapeutic lasers can be directed into the body in two ways.

1) Continuous wave (CW), which is like shining a flashlight on full beam.

2) Pulsed or Superpulsed, which is like flicking the switch on the flashlight at different rates or patterns.

Why are there so many different Home-Use Lasers?

Some home use lasers combine laser wavelengths such as Red and Infrared with LEDs. Some even add frequencies, which can be pulsed and others add magnetic pulses or other technologically advanced features. The more diodes and LEDs and different technologies and frequency capabilities that are combined into a hand-held laser, the more the laser will generally cost.

What determines the power of a home use laser and how does that affect the amount of time taken to do a treatment & the cost of the laser?

The power of the laser or LED diodes is directly related to both the amount of time needed to treat a given area and to a lesser extent, the depth of penetration. The term Milliwat or mW for short expresses the amount of power. 1000 mW of power = 1 Watt. Most lasers out there are either continuous wave lasers, such as the popular, but way overpriced 830nm, 100mW laser that I affectionately call the Chines flashlight of lasers. And then there is the rare bread of Superpulsed Lasers, that deliver maximum power diodes up to 30,000mW and maximum depth of penetration of 5-7″. With therapeutic pulsed or continuous wave home use lasers we rarely ever go over 500 mW of power unless the laser is superpulsed. More than 500mW of power produces too much heat. However superpulsed lasers are capable of delivering far more power, much deeper into the body without producing heat because they are pulsed very rapidly.

More power does support greater depth of penetration. The higher the power of the diodes and the greater the number of diodes, the higher the price of the product. Lasers in the 100-500mW range are quite popular for pain treatment, trigger points and acupoint therapy and allow for faster treatment times per area due to the increased speed at which the photons are being delivered to the target cells and tissues. Super pulsed lasers deliver the most power possible of all cold lasers and are commonly used as Vet Lasers and Clinical Use Lasers.

Very low power diodes of 5mW for example can produce some results and those results will be greatly increased if the number of diodes is increased, the number of wavelengths is increased or if they are combined with additional healing technologies in the same device. The lowest cost lasers typically offer very low power diodes of 5-10mW and usually only have 1-3 diodes. However some of these lasers that have only 1-3 diodes can also be quite pricy if they have gained some kind of specific FDA clearance, which costs a lot of money to obtain and then gets priced into the product.

How do I choose the right laser for my needs and budget?

Choosing the right laser is a highly personal choice based on your needs and budget. I highly recommend getting the most laser that you can afford. Why? Because more wavelengths and more combined technologies generally means that you will be able to treat the widest range of symptoms and conditions most effectively and in the shortest amount of time. However, the cost of the laser will increase significantly with more power, options and features. Many people resort to buying several less expensive lasers over time and others save their money and barrow money in order to make an investment in a more technologically advanced laser that meets their needs for greater effectiveness and efficient use of time. A “cheap” laser is cheap for a reason. Low power, much longer treatment times and reduced effectiveness due to the fact of low power or an inability to cover enough surface area or doesn’t have the right type of laser diode wavelength to penetrate to the cells/tissue that needs support.

When it comes to purchasing a laser, you get what you pay for

Generally speaking, lasers that are made in the US, Europe, Israel or Australia tend to deliver superior quality and performance. Superpulsed lasers offer the very deepest of penetration with the greatest levels of power that are still considered safe. FDA cleared lasers are more expensive than FDA registered lasers due to the added expenses related to clearing a laser for treatment of specific conditions, which is highly regulated. FDA registered lasers usually state that a product is safe and can be legally sold in the US, but generally makes no precise statement as to what it can be used for and are commonly referred to as Veterinary Lasers and sometimes Home Use Lasers, rather than Medical Lasers, Medical Equipment or Clinical Lasers.

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