Cold Laser
Ultrasound
Electrical Stimulation
How it Works
Increase circulation, faster healing, reduce or eliminate acute and chronic pain Short term changes in cell membrane permeability Short term effects on muscle contractions
Tissues Affected
Absorbed by all tissues including skin, subcutaneous, tendons, muscles, nerves and blood Absorbed only by white connective tissue

Muscle tissue only

Treatment Times
2-6 Minutes 5-8 Minutes

15-20 Minutes

Set Up Requirements
Direct Contact (no gels or pads required) hand held units Requires gel or water medium as well as constant motion Requires conduction pads and extensive knowledge of muscle and nerve anatomy
Patient Comfort
May feel comforting sensation of warmth. Most feel absolutely nothing Discomfort with excess heating of tissues May experience severe discomfort with tingling and burning
Patient Restrictions
Safe to use with children, adults and elterly patients. Do not use over suspicious or cancerous lesions, or on pregnant women

Potential for overheating and damage caused by burns

Not for use with patients with circulation or neuropath conditions, pacemakers, cancer, or pregnant women

Potential for burns and blisters

Not for use with patients with circulation or neuropath conditions, pacemakers, cancer, or pregnant women

Cautions
Eye protection when using laser unit Potential burn damage and destruction of tissues Potential for cardiac arrhythmia

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