What are the contra-indications?
DIRECT IRRADIATION OF THE EYES
Class 3b lasers are potentially harmful to the retina - though retinal damage is highly unlikely. Safety goggles must, however, be worn by both patient and practitioner.
Laser is contra-indicated for use over the pregnant uterus. It may be used on the pregnant woman as an adjunct to the other modalities being used for the treatment of back pain or other complaints.
Do not use laser over any known primary or secondary lesions. Laser treatment may be given for pain relief during the terminal stages of the illness - we recommend this be done only with the full consent of both patient and consultant involved.
Laser should not be used over the thyroid gland.
It is conceivable that laser-mediated vasodilation may worsen the haemorrhage.
IMMUNE SUPPRESSANT DRUGS
Laser Therapy is contra-indicated for patients on these drugs
TREATMENT OVER SYMPATHETIC GANGLIA, THE VAGUS NERVES & CARDIAC REGION IN PATIENTS WITH HEART DISEASE
Laser therapy may significantly alter neural function, and is therefore contra-indicated over these regions in patients with heart disease.