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ADVICE FOR THE THERAPIST ON CHOOSING A LASER




When choosing a laser, there are a number of things to consider, and below we have covered the basic questions you should ask yourself. In addition we recommend that you read the following pages on our website before you buy:



Q: Does the laser complement my current therapies?

A: Fields of therapy which successfully combine with Low Level Laser Therapy application include:












In addition cold laser helps the patient to relax, and some laser techniques used by chiropractors such as CLRT assist the muscle structure to relax prior to manipulation.


Q:  Will it change my treatment sessions times?


A:  Yes, depending on the technique you want to use for the laser. Some techniques such as cranial laser reflex are very quick. The recommended UKITL laser treatment which primes the lymphatic system will take between 20 to 45 minutes in addition to your current therapy.



Q:  Does the equipment take much room?


A:   Many devices are designed to sit on a trolley, most can work from battery and some require a power supply. Some are no larger than a mobile phone, and some practitioners use simple pen laser devices for acupressure points.


Q:  Do I need the laser to be mobile/portable?


A:  It depends on your practice. If you operate from a clinic then mobility is not such an issue, and you may prefer a clinical table top device. If you are treating animals look for a portable unit; therapists who do home visits would also want a portable unit.


Q: How much training will I need?


A:  That depends on the type of laser you buy and what you are going to use it for. Training can range from 1 day to many weeks of study. See our training and accreditation pages.


Q: Is there a qualification in Laser Therapy?


A:  Yes, the UKITL has diploma programme, and will issue certificates for attending courses.


Q: What is the difference between Laser Devices


A: There are a number of leading medical cold laser manufacturers based in the UK.  Others maintain UK distributorships or supply products here. Please note that there are a great  many cosmetic laser devices  produced for the beauty industry; we are not concerned with those here, although the cold therapeutic lasers listed can also function as cosmetic devices.
















































Q: How do I choose between them?


A:  Depending on your therapy discipline, you may want to use a clinical device which requires you to devise/programme the energy dosage, or you may want to choose a pre-programmed general use device.



Q: How do prices compare?


A:  They all require an investment of at least £1,000. Most cost between £3,500 and £10,000. Many suppliers offer a financing deal, and you should be clear about the return on investment that you are looking for.


Q: Who offers training?


A:  Both Omega Lasers and Thor Lasers have run regular technical and medical/veterinary courses for many years and provide excellent updates on research. There are a number of conferences held around the world usually with a research focus, but excellent for meeting other laser therapists.

QuantumWave lasers started running training lectures in 2009.

The UKITL will be offering courses during 2010.


There is a growing body of scientific evidence, understanding and appreciation of Laser Therapy.


Q: Is this important to me?


A: The UK public know little of cold laser and its efficacy; GP’s are slow to adopt it, and although many hospitals have the equipment they often don’t use it due to lack of awareness of its use. This means you have an education job to do, and the public require a lot of re-assurance about the safety of the laser.  It also means that take-up of the therapy may be slow to start with.

The UKITL is planning a media campaign to improve awareness.


Q: How do I keep up with the research


A:  UKITL will provide links to the latest research, and also laser manufacturer sites; we hope a UK conference will be possible as more people start to practise laser therapy.


Q: Where can patients learn about laser?


A:  The national press has published quite a few articles, but it requires more. We have created pages on UKITL for patient awareness and information. Our website is being optimised for searches on common medical conditions. We are producing articles for magazines, and will welcome and support any therapist who wants an article published.


Q: Where do I get help for protocols or advice on treatments?


A: Sign up for membership of UKITL, and get access to protocols, and our Ask the Expert service. We also list members in our directory, refer patients to a local practitioner, and will publish pen portraits of therapists.


Q: What about Safety and regulation of use of lasers


A: Lasers are classified according to their impact; this depends upon a combination of factors: power, visibility of beam, and collimation of beam. See Laser classification for more information.










The following list is not exhaustive but it does represent the majority of the market in the UK:



Omega Lasers   - human and Veterinary applications; clinical use.

Offers a range of devices and probes, with pulsed delivery options. The therapist chooses the treatment time, power and pulse rate for each treatment.




Q1000 Multi-resonating laser for human applications, suitable for home use.

Offers a range of hand-held devices and probes with a small number of pre-set functions. The therapist chooses the preset programme.





QuantumWave Lasers  - The Scalarwave for human and animal applications, suitable for home use.

Offers a range of probes with a hand unit. The device is pre-programmed with many options and a menu system. The therapist chooses the preset programme. Advanced training allows the therapist to programme the device.





TerraQuant lasers for human applications, suitable for home use.

The device has five pre-set programmes, each based on a different frequency and designed to treat different conditions. The sixth is a personalised programme which can be tailored to suit particular requirements.





Thor Lasers  - human and veterinary applications; clinical use

Offers a range of devices and probes, with pulsed delivery options. The therapist chooses the treatment time, power and pulse rate for each treatment.



Physiotherapy & Osteopathy

General Practice Medicine

Podiatry & Chiropody

Acupuncture

Maxiofacial & Dentistry

Addiction Therapies

Dermatology & Cosmetic Treatment

Veterinary Practice