Laser Technology, from the descriptive perspective, is also identified by a variety of alternative terminologies. These include – photobiostimulation, phototherapy, light therapy, low level laser therapy, cold laser and the list, depending on the origin of the therapeutic culture, is literally endless. I think the time has come to describe the technology more simply and accurately. This should resolve any existing confusion and its accompanying inaccuracies.
A considerable number of years ago, during the course of a two-day focus seminar at Meditech International, several experts attending the meeting decided to coin the term, “Low Intensity Laser Therapy,” which was generally felt to be the most correct by definition.
High intensity laser diodes, which can cut steel and other materials in the course of utilization will inevitably destroy cells if used in their environment. This can be useful during the process of cauterizing veins and arteries while performing surgical procedures and the ablation of many types of tissues, including moles, polyps, tumors, dermolysis and other situations where a localized destructive process is required.
For the purpose of simplification, we have shortened the most accurate descriptive terminology to “Laser Therapy”. Whereas this process is sufficiently potent from the power perspective to initiate a cascade of positive or constructive physiological reactions within the cell, it is distinguished from the extensive number of higher powered lasers, which are generally utilized in the controlled destruction of tissue. For the purpose of tissue healing, the process works according to the dictates of the Arndt-Schulz Law.
In recent years therefore, as indicated, we have abandoned all previously utilized terminologies in favor of the term “Laser Therapy.” This description is simple, accurate and more widely inclusive. It should be noted that the technology is constructive with regard to the restoration of the normal morphology and function of the cells. Moreover, it is used to stimulate the replacement of cells that are functioning suboptimally or not at all. It is athermal, rather than thermal – another common belief that is erroneous. Ambient temperatures should not be elevated by more than 4 to 5 degrees at the treatment site.
I believe that this explanation, although brief, should clarify the concept of the BioFlex Laser Therapy System and most Class III Devices.