Laser Therapy - How We Are Different
We are one of the few Certified Laser Practitioners in St. Louis. We are highly trained and utilize one of the only truly effective SuperPulsed Laser devices in St. Louis. The doctor performs most of the treatments or closely monitors a trained assistant. Our results speak for themselves, and our patients recover more fully in less time than most laser therapy clinics.
We are also one of the only centers to fully utilize a true Super-Pulsed laser that can pulse at rates up to 100kHz. These are the latest generation of lasers that penetrate deeply with a broad area and provide more benefit in less time and with less heat.
Class IV Laser Therapy
Laser therapy been scientifically proven to reduce pain, reduce inflammation, reduce swelling, and accelerate the healing process while strengthening damaged tissue.
Laser therapy produces a healing effect in the cells and structures of the body. Unlike other therapies which mask or cover up the condition, laser light influences the cells of the body to speed up and strengthen the healing process. The effect of laser therapy is not just temporary relief, it is cumulative over time, so the more treatments you have, the stronger and more permanent the effect. Because laser light interacts with the cells and a natural healing process is generated, the results are quite long lasting. In many cases, the problem may be permanently resolved.
Arthritis (Osteo and Rheumatoid)
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Post Operative Healing
Repetitive Stress Syndrome
Accidents or other injuries
Before and Afters
Demo of Dr. Harasha and Laser Therapy
1 treatment in 1 day
2 treatments in 6 days
High inflammation Before
Less inflammation immediately after treatment
Chronic non-healing wound
6 treatments with medical care over 1 month
2 treatments in 5 days
Frequently asked questions
What laser device(s) do you use?
What do the laser specifications actually mean?
1. Depth of penetration is determined by the Peak Power and the Wavelengths. Lumix lasers have some of the highest peak powers in the industry. They are also finely tuned for wavelength proven by reasearch to penetrate up to 8-10cm. This is accomplished by skin, melanin, water and blood being transparent to the laser.
Does insurance cover Laser Therapy?
Currently, most insurance companies do not cover Laser Therapy as it is quite new. Medicare will not cover it at all. Private plans vary in coverage but do not expect much. Motor Vehicle accident cases will cover laser therapy if it is medically necessary. We offer discounts to those using their insurance at their visit. Basically half price if your insurance pays for office visits or another therapy.
How much does Laser Therapy cost?
Laser therapy is priced per region with multiple discount tiers.
How many sessions will I need?
This depends on many factors including your condition, skin color, health status and chronicity.
What is the science behind laser's beneficial effects?
Research is still in full swing and more and more mechanisms showing laser's benefit are discovered each year. The strongest effect is on the mitochondria of our cells. Damaged cells are often in a state of low energy production due to nitric oxide blocking key enzymes in the electron transport chain of mitochondria. Even in the presence of oxygen, these cells only produce 2-3 ATP per sugar molecule. The laser caused the third enzyme in the chain to push the NO out and accelerate its function so cells can now produce 36 ATP per glucose. This enhanced energy production leads to many healing benefits to the cell. This leads to the reduction of swelling, the resolution of inflammation, the regulation of pain neurons and the actual healing/remodeling of the tissue.
What is the training of the doctor and the assistant.
Dr. Harasha has 100 hours of Laser Therapy specific courses which led to being Certified in Laser Therapy. He also spends several hours every week keeping abreast of the latest in Laser Therapy research.
Laser Therapy - More Information
There is a reason we chose the name Advanced Laser Therapy and Wellness. We can honestly say that Laser Therapy is our specialty and have taken a lot of time for training and mastering this modality. We also have purchased the best laser therapy device on the market so you are sure to get the best results possible.
Who performs your laser therapy is of utmost importance. There are only a handful of practitioners currently Certified as Laser Therapy Practitioners (as of Aug 2019). This certification demonstrates that we understand the science behind laser therapy, understand the specifics of different laser devices (and can choose the best out there), and that we understand the art of performing this amazing therapy. We are much more advanced that ‘point and shoot’ laser therapists. Dr. Harasha performs more than half of the treatments and when an assistant helps, they are trained and monitored very closely by Dr. Harasha. Most conditions we see are complex and require the skill and experience of the doctor to ensure the best techniques are utilized. Our trained assistant handles the easier cases.
The laser therapy device is just as important as the practitioner behind it. Most devices on the market are far underpowered. Several of the more common devices even utilize a ‘robot arm’ that holds the applicator many inches off the skin and waves it back and forth. Some even try to perform laser through clothing which does not work at all. Laser loses power every centimeter it travels, it also loses 90% of it’s power at the skin. If someone is using a low powered laser off the skin there is hardly any power left to penetrate to the tissues you are treating.
Laser parameters are very important also. Wavelengths are basically ‘colors’ of the laser and determine how well the laser penetrates through skin, water and blood. It is also believed that certain tissue types respond more to specific wavelengths. Peak power also determines how deep the laser will penetrate. Finally, average power determines the dose of laser. Laser only works if you get the correct dose to the desired tissue. Again – penetration is determined by the wavelength and peak power, while dose is determined by average power. Our peak power is 250W and average power is 35W.
It should be noted that we are one of the only practitioners to utilize a high powered, truly Superpulsed Laser (there are at least 2 others but they are located west of Hwy 270). The Superpulsed Laser in our machine has an average power of 5W!. Our laser pulses at up to 100kHz (that means it goes off and on 100,000 times per second). Superpulsing eliminates heat build up at the skin and dramatically reduces the amount of power lost at the skin or through distances thus allowing the deepest penetration (up to 8-9 inches) compared to other laser devices. It is also shown in research that you need to pulse greater than 30kHz to enhance gene expression and production of healing proteins.
Finally, as a chiropractor and acupuncturist, I am able to incorporate other techniques to improve the outcome of laser therapy. This could be instrument assisted soft tissue manipulation (IASTM)/gua sha, auriculotherapy, dry needling and other soft tissue techniques.
The above factors allow us to give patients the very best laser therapy has to offer and we receive excellent results in a shorter time frame. New/acute injuries take only 6-8 sessions and older/chronic problems take 10-12 sessions to resolve. If you want to truly give laser therapy a try before trying a more invasive treatment, make sure you complete a whole treatment plan with the most trained doctor and best device on the market.
Good Questions to ask when choosing a laser therapy doctor/device
Are you certified?
Who will primarily be performing the therapy – doctor or assistant?
Will you treat me through my clothing?
Will your Laser be applied directly on the skin and will it be controlled by a human or machine?
What is the peak and average power of continuous wave laser?
Is your machine a superpulsed laser?
How fast is the pulse speed? Greater than 30kHz?
What is the average power of your superpulsed laser?
How many wavelengths does your laser have?
Do you have to move the laser very quickly to prevent heat buildup?
How much does each session cost and how many sessions will it take?