K-Laser therapy is a popular treatment option in our office, and we get a lot of questions about it. We hope the following FAQ answers some of your questions and inspires you to ask more questions during your next appointment.

What is K-Laser therapy?

K-Laser therapy is a light-based therapy administered using an FDA-approved Class IV laser therapy treatment device. It uses various light frequencies to penetrate tissues for therapeutic purposes.

What are some benefits of the different wavelengths used for treatment?

K-Laser therapy devices use four primary wavelengths for treatment, all measured in nanometers (nm). They are 660 nm, 970 nm, 905 nm, and 800 nm. The following are brief descriptions of how each wavelength is helpful.

660 nm

This wavelength of light is helpful for limiting bacterial growth and encouraging cellular regeneration. As a result, it’s used primarily for managing scar tissue and healing wounds.

800 nm

This light level enhances cellular energy production. When cells are energized, they more efficiently metabolize nutrients and perform any necessary repair functions such as tissue repair or regrowth. This wavelength, therefore, helps boost a wide range of healing processes.

905 nm

Oxygen is a necessary nutrient for healthy tissue growth. Light at this wavelength increases oxygen delivery by enhancing hemoglobin’s natural oxygen-carrying capacity. The result is more efficient delivery of this essential nutrient.

970 nm

This wavelength provides warmth. When your tissues are warmed, the circulation to the area is increased. Therefore, this wavelength brings in additional fluids and nutrients needed for nutrient processing and waste removal.

What are some conditions that respond to this therapy?

K-Laser therapy is used for various medical conditions, including dental and skin issues. In our practice, we primarily use it to reduce inflammation and pain that occurs with conditions such as:

  • Headache
  • Sinusitis
  • Neck, back, and knee pain
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Fibromyalgia

What happens to my body at the cellular level when it is treated with the K-Laser?

When your body is treated with the K-Laser, the treatment’s energy boosts circulation, bringing valuable fluids, oxygen, and nutrients to the part of your body being treated. These substances provide your tissues with the raw materials needed for repair and regeneration. They also help fuel the cells so these processes happen more efficiently.

Why do you prefer K-Laser therapy over prescription pain medications or surgery?

While pain medications can provide temporary relief from pain, they don’t address the underlying cause of your pain. They only mask symptoms. The K-Laser addresses the underlying cause of your dysfunction and pain.

Similarly, surgery is sometimes necessary to correct a medical condition. While surgery is performed over the course of one treatment session and is, therefore, faster, it might not always give you results sooner. This is because surgery can often cause unintended side effects, including infections and additional injuries that require more healing time. K-Laser therapy skips these side effects and brings you results more gradually in a way that takes full advantage of your body’s healing capabilities.

Does this treatment expose my body to harmful radiation?

Since laser is an acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation, it’s easy for us to see how some of our patients might assume that K-Laser emits harmful radiation. If you consider that the sun is technically radiating energy, then you can see that radiation includes a broad spectrum of energy. The radiation emitted by a Class IV medical laser device is not the same as the radiation released by a microwave oven or nuclear power plant.

Can you tell me more about K-Laser’s FDA approval process?

Class IV medical lasers, such as the K-Laser, were initially approved by the FDA in 2003. In order to gain FDA approval, the K-Laser underwent stringent and repeated safety testing on nonhumans and humans. After numerous and closely supervised rounds, K-Laser was approved for human medical use.

Is K-Laser therapy painful?

K-Laser therapy is not painful. In fact, many of our patients describe it as a comforting, warming sensation. Since it’s a potent treatment, the treated area might become a bit irritated and swollen. This is nothing to be alarmed about. It is simply your body’s natural healing process being stimulated.

How do I prepare for a K-Laser session?

K-Laser therapy sessions require no special preparation. All you need to do is arrive on time for your scheduled appointment. We’ll do the rest.

How long does a K-Laser session last?

While we always take the time to answer your questions and pause or stop the treatment for your comfort, K-Laser sessions tend to be brief. Since most treatments can be performed in 10 to 20 minutes, you can even schedule a K-Laser session for your lunch hour or on your way to or from work.

Is there any downtime?

No. The K-Laser is noninvasive, doesn’t require sedation, and does not cause any side effects that will leave you sidelined. You can quickly and easily add a session to a typical day and then get on with your daily routine.

How many sessions will I need?

Although your treatment is determined by your condition and response to therapy, K-Laser treatments are typically conducted weekly. Most of our patients complete their course of K-Laser therapy in a month and a half to nearly four months.

When will I start feeling any results?

Even though many patients tell us they feel better after one session, results typically occur later. After the first session, many patients are feeling the warmth emitted by the K-Laser device and are responding to the increased circulation. Oxygenated and adequately hydrated tissues feel much better than their oxygen-starved and dehydrated counterparts.

Although these initial feelings aren’t the same thing as the results you can expect from this treatment, they’re proof that your body is on the right track. This influx of circulation is a valuable component in the healing process and is your body’s way of marshaling its healing resources.

Am I too young or too old for this treatment?

Lasers have been safely used on individuals of many ages. Infants who are less than six months of age are routinely treated with lasers to fade port wine stains and other birthmarks. Elderly persons benefit from increased mobility and pain-free movement as a result of K-Laser therapy.

How can I learn more about K-Laser therapy?

While internet research can give you access to a lot of information, the best way to get the correct information for you is to speak with an expert. If you’re considering K-Laser therapy, we’d love to be your trusted source of knowledge and sounding board for your ideas. Please reach out to our Denver Chiropractic team through our online appointment scheduler to book a K-Laser therapy consultation.