Class IV Laser Therapy Offers Pain Relief
My first exposure to the Class IV Therapeutic Laser was in February 2007, when I took a patient of mine to Dr. Hall's office in Modesto. She is 72-years-old and has chronic neck and left shoulder/scapular pain secondary to advanced degenerative disc disease and osteoarthritis of the cervical spine.
For the past 8-months her pain had been constant and varying from "7 to 9" on the "0 to 10 pain scale." She had been living a miserable existence with this pain, with an inability to rest/sleep. Within a 12-minute treatment with the Class IV Laser applied over her neck, upper back and left shoulder region she rated her pain at a level "1."
This was rather hard to believe, but I have known this patient for over 25-years and I had been failing her with treatment by me, only being able to drop the pain a point or two for a few hours to a day and then it was back up. Ultra sound, TENS, deep tissue massage, Gonstead Adjustments and use of an adjusting instrument were all the treatment option I could offer and these methods gave very little relief.
I spoke with my patient the following day, as I was curious of the lasting effects. She reported having slept an entire night for the first time in over 8-months, and on waking in the a.m. was pain-free. Needless to say, I had to have more information. By March 1, 2007 I had completed my training and had my own Class IV Therapeutic Laser.
What I have experienced within these last two-weeks using the Class IV Laser is simply unbelievable
Since getting the Class IV Laser I have been more excited than any other time in my 35-year practice. I not only have the ability to reduce the pain complaints very quickly with the spinal injuries and complaints, but I have something to offer the patient with all the extremity complaints I could do very little with up to this time.
The therapeutic cold laser has invigorated me along with my practice in a way I could never have imagined. This has to be the greatest break through that could revolutionize the chiropractic profession within a couple of years as more doctors realize the amazing benefits this modality will add to our approach to Chiropractic and the correction of spinal fixations and subluxations.
What I have experienced within these last two-weeks using the Class IV Laser is simply unbelievable. I would hope that the leaders of this profession direct their attention to the benefits of the Class IV Laser, embrace it and expose every D. C. as quick as possible. The public will overwhelmingly flood our offices in a way that is unimaginable.
After all, the public just wants relief of pain and increased function, so that they can purse their life's interest comfortably without the distraction of pain and disabilities. I think we can accomplish this with the Class IV Laser added to our treatment options. Quite frankly, it will minimize most modalities we have been using, as they will be nearly obsolete compared to the effective response of the Class IV Laser.
James D. Irwin D.C.
James D. Irwin D.C.
1545 St. Mark's Plaza, Suite 10,
Stockton CA 95207-6411
Phone: (209) 951-8650
Fax: (209) 951-4659