Laser acupuncture is an alternative treatment to traditional needle acupuncture. This non-invasive technique uses laser stimulation to excite precise points on the body – the same points used in traditional acupuncture – to activate their functions and affect deep tissue layers.
The small laser lights are attached to the body using medical grade tape and remain in the same place for the duration of the treatment. This relaxing and painless stimulation transfers modulated energy into the meridian system while keeping stimulation consistently high.
This is not the same type of laser used in laser surgeries to burn or cut. Laser acupuncture is considered a “cold laser” as it does not produce heat, also called a low-level laser. Instead, low-level lasers can help regenerate cells, decrease pain, reduce inflammation, and improve circulation. You feel absolutely nothing during the treatment and there are no adverse side effects.
Laser Acupuncture vs Traditional Acupuncture
Just like traditional acupuncture, laser acupuncture is used to prevent and treat a variety of diseases while improving the overall health and well-being of the patient. It can be used in all of same situations as traditional acupuncture including:
• Acute/chronic pain
• Macular degeneration
• Allergic rhinitis/sinusitis
• Frozen shoulder
• Bursitis, tendonitis
• Carpal tunnel syndrome
• TMJ dysfunction
• Cervical/lumbar spine syndromes
• Nerve regeneration
• Wound healing
• And much more…
Since laser acupuncture is non-invasive it also carries zero risk of infection or other complications in patients with compromised immune systems or bleeding disorders.
How does Laser Acupuncture Therapy work?
Laser supplies energy to the body in the form of thermal photons of light. During each painless treatment, laser energy increases circulation, drawing water, oxygen, and nutrients to the damaged area. This creates an optimal healing environment that reduces inflammation, swelling, muscle spasms, stiffness and pain.
How long does each treatment take?
The typical treatment is 3 to 9 minutes, depending on the size of the area being treated.
Acute conditions may be treated daily, particularly if they are accompanied by significant pain. More chronic problems respond better when treatments are received 2 to 3 times a week, tapering to once a week or once every other week, with improvement.
What is the science behind Laser Acupuncture?
Healing with the use of light is not new. Light therapy was reported to be effective for many conditions by Hippocrates. With the development of the laser and its special properties, using light as a treatment has gained more popularity. This is because we can now use specific wavelengths of light and give accurately measured doses of energy directly to the appropriate treatment site, which was not possible with other light sources.
Class IV-level laser supply energy to the body in the form of thermal photons of light. Light is transmitted through the skin’s layers (the dermis, epidermis and the subcutaneous tissue or tissue fat under the skin) at all wavelengths in the visible range. However, light waves in the near infrared ranges penetrate the deepest of all light waves in the visible spectrum. When Class IV level laser waves penetrate deeply into the skin, they optimize the immune responses of your blood. This has both anti-inflammatory and immuno-suppressive effects. It is a scientific fact that light transmitted to the blood in this way has positive effective through-out the whole body, supplying vital oxygen and energy to every cell.
Almost everyone knows that vitamin D is called “the sunshine vitamin.” We all know the difference between a suntan and a sunburn. The light from the laser, however, is absorbed by special cellular components or modulates biochemical activity within the body to produce its beneficial effects. In much the same way that plants in photosynthesis use light, humans and animals also have the ability to take advantage of the healthful effects that light has to offer.