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Erchonia Laser Faq

Grifall Family Chiropractic offers cutting-edge technology with the Erchonia PL 5000, a low-level, non-invasive laser that speeds recovery, reduces pain and accelerates bone and wound healing. Dr. Jeff Spencer, who was the Sports Chiropractor for the US Postal/Discovery cycling team and Lance Armstrong, uses the same laser. Lance Armstrong said he credits most of his success to Dr. Spencer and the Erchonia Laser. Dr. Spencer has also treated athletes such as Tiger Woods and Chad Reed!

Our commitment to provide the best possible care with the latest in technology led both Dr.Grifall and Dr. Tole to learn directly from Dr. Spencer himself. During the advanced post graduate training with Dr. Spencer they learned the exact treatment protocols Dr. Spencer used while treating Lance Armstrong and the US Postal cycling team during their Seven consecutive Tour de France titles.

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What is a TRUE Laser?

The Erchonia Laser is a TRUE LASER, fully compliant to the definitions set forth by those great men of science such as Bose and Einstein who predicted LASER in 1924 and the contemporary physicists Schawlow and Townes whoe brought LASER into the modern age. LASER is and acronym for Light Amplification by stimulated Emission of Radiation. Light created in this way, is then culminated and directed into an intense beam of coherent light through the use of cathode and anode reflecting components in order to produce a single stable frequency. According to Webster's Dictionary, Lasers are coherent or marked by logical consistency. The Erchonia Laser meets all the scientifically defined attributes of a laser and is therefor classified as a TRUE laser. We assure and maintain this classification, through our unique and patented process which produces the emission of coherent light, generated at a precise and stable frequency, and in a focused direction.

What is a low-level laser?

Unlike high power lasers that use heat and destroy tissue, low energy lasers affect the cellular energy of the underlying tissue. Hot lasers have a thermal effect and have an output of 1MV or above. Cold (or) Low Level Lasers do not have a thermal effect on tissue, lasers that stimulate biological function have an output below 10mv -milliwatts (ten-one thousands of a watt).

What is 3LT - Low Level Laser Therapy?

Low Level Laser Therapy (3LT) refers to the modality of applying a "low" energy or "low level" laser to tissue that stimulates cellular processes and thereby enhancing biochemical reactions. For example, studies show that LLLT increases ATP production in the mitochondria of the cell. Since more energy is now available, the cell may utilize this fuel to function or operate more efficiently.

How does it work?

Many theories exist as to the mechanism of action for the Low Level Laser Therapy (3LT) but simply put, photonic energy is absorbed by the photo acceptor sites on the cell membrane which trigger a secondary messanger to initiate a cascade of intracellular signals that initiate, inhibit or accelerate biological processes such as wound healing, inflammation, or pain management.

What conditions can be treated?

Low Level Laser Therapy (3LT) has been successfully used to treat many conditions such as acute and chronic pain reduction, repetitive use disorders like carpal tunnel syndrome, soft tissue strains and sprains, inflammation reduction, enhanced tissue wound healing, and cell regeneration.

Are there any side effects?

There are over 1500 published studies and not one of them mentions any negative side effects of semi-conductor diode lasers at the 5mV range like the Erchonia 3LT Lasers. Low level lasers are safe, non-toxic and non-invasive. There are some necessary common sense precautions that need to be considered, such as avoiding pointing the laser beam directly into the eye and maintaining it there, which could prove damaging to the eye.

What makes one laser different from the other?

A laser can differ in its wavelength, power source or whether it is a continuous, pulsed or wave form. The first lasers were used to cut, cauterize or ablate tissue and were classified as "hot" lasers. "Cold", "Low Energy" or "Low Level" lasers are used to enhance the metabolic activity at the cellular level through non-thermal reactions.

What is wavelength? And do the different wavelengths matter?

Light is measured in wavelengths and is expressed in units of nanometers (nm). Different wavelengths have different energy levels and can have variouse effects on tissue. For example, the Erchonia 3LT Laser is 635 nanometers, which is found within the "red" spectrum of visible light (400-800nm) and has anabolic tissue effects, whereas, radiation that has a wavelength of shorter than 320nm (ultraviolet, gamma rays, x-rays) has ionizing effects on cells and can be harmful even in small doses.

What is the difference between Lasers and LED's (light emitting diodes)?

Lasers are monochromatic (single color wavelength), collimated (non-divergent) and coherent (wavelengths in-phase) in contrast, LED's are neither coherent nor collimated and generate a broader band of wavelengths (multiple). In addition, a significant difference between the two is the power output. The peak power output of lasers measured in watts, while that of LED's, is measured in milliwatts. Also, LED's usually have a 50% duty cycle, meaning that they are "on" 50% of the time and "off" 50% of the time regardless of what frequency setting is used.

There are many light emitting products on the market today, claiming to be lasers that do no meet scientifically defined attributes for being a true laser. For example, products that use LED's, do in fact produce light, however the light is not intense, producing very little energy and is non-coherent, similar to light produced by common household light bulbs. Non-coherent or non-culminated light is the result of photons moving in random directions at random times, generating random frequencies. The most common use of LED's is in electronic equipment, such as cell phones and VCR's, to inform the useres that the item is ON. LED's are cheap and easy to reproduce (Pontinin 1992). Obviously, these devices are NOT lasers. This misconception is in large part a by-product of marketing. Some sales pofessionals use the word "laser" in order to describe a process such as in "laser pointers" which refers more to mankind's collective imagination than scientific comprehension.

How long are the treatments?

Treatments can vary in time from seconds to minutes depending on the condition. Research studies show that there may be a dose dependent response, so it may be more effective to treat at lower doses at multiple intervals then to treat a single time with a high dose.

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