Residential/Home use lasers:
The residential laser are a different breed of lasers than the ones you see in chiropractic or physical therapy clinics.
I get calls every day with people complaining they are tired of paying to use the laser in the clinic. The residential lasers are not the same as the commercial lasers, especially the class IV lasers and some high powered class III lasers.
Many people are buying residential lasers that are not powerful enough and they think just because it is numbing the pain at the moment that the laser works. There is a reason the better lasers cost more. They have the right wavelengths and wattage but most importantly the ones that are not scams rate their lasers at average, constant wattage and not peak power which is one of the reason that I was pissed off so much to write this site in the first place but just didn't know that this is what I was trying to expose. I just thought that 25 watts was good but 40 watts was better or stronger. Peak output constant output, input wattage, output wattage, I am so glad I found engineers to explain this to me that I could never get them to tell me.
If a laser has high power and can penetrate deep but the wavelength is not the right one for someone's body type and the frequencies are not right, then power means nothing. Please, don't be one of the people that are sold on company specs without researching them first though an independent person. Call a laser engineer in the phone book if you have to, it will save you in the long run. Just don't buy a laser without knowing what you are buying.
If you want to brag that you can carry your little laser around to use when you have pain, then be my guess. Temporary numbing of the problem. Carrying the laser around all day in your purse is probably is the reason your shoulder is hurting in the first place.
There are many different residential grade laser and just because they are cheaper than your chiros laser doesn't mean it is bad. It probably will take longer to use and you might have to use it more often but the better ones I rarely get returns on.
Just so you know, I only deal with companies that give trials, either money back or free trials up front to see if it works for you. If someone has a chronic problem that is from an injury, the residential lasers can be helpful, but i the problem is from a toxic body and you have sore muscles from all the lactic acid and heavy metals in your body, I really am not comfortable selling a laser to just act like a bandaid on the problem. Do you really think I am going to be like the laser will be a good think for you when I know the laser won't fix the problem. I am not that hard up for cash to sell a laser.
Depending on your body type, I will choose the right wattage and the right wavelength and frequencies that I think will help. I am not making claims but if anyone knows what would probably work, I am the one that gets the complaints from all the people buying lasers from other people that I have to babysit and tell them why their laser isn't working for them.
Remember, a laser that worked for someone else isn't always gonna work for another person. I also don't like that some laser companies give people lower prices if they don't get a trial. Many companies feel like if they have to take the risk and let someone have a free 30 day trial they should get full price for their laser. The way I work, is if someone came to me, they can get the trial from the manufacturer and buy it from me as I control whatever prices I charge people. People shouldn't have to buy a laser based on a dealers recommendation and have to pay a stupid restocking fee for a laser they didn't want in the first place. Urggghhhhh.. this really just pisses me off and I will stop here before I say something I shouldn't about companies.
Listen, if you want my help, and you want to call me to help you choose a laser I have one request. If you call up and have this "guard up" like I am a mall salesperson on commission who is gonna tell you everything you pick out looks good I would rather you either just email me or not call me at all. I am tired of people calling in with an attitude because they are confused with so much misinformation that had nothing to do with me.
The biggest thing to know before buying a cold laser is knowing if the pain is acute or chronic. Usually chronic conditions call for different types of lasers than those for acute conditions. Many people have pain that is not from tissue damage but from lack of exercise and other de-conditioning lifestyles that degenerate the body. Most people are in pain that do not have injuries that contact me about cold lasers. Simply raising their charge to the -20 to -50mV levels can make a huge difference. The pain from these people is the symptom of low charged body rather than a symptom of being injured.
I know the class III and portable lasers that I get the best feedback from that is in the residential price range. If you are comparing a particular brand of laser and want my feedback, let me know on my contact form.