Laser Acupuncture

What Is Laser Acupuncture?

Laser acupuncture (LA), also known as low-level laser therapy (LLLT) is now available to acupuncture patients at Pillars of Wellness. This increasingly popular treatment method uses therapeutic cold lasers instead of traditional acupuncture needles to stimulate points and promote healing. It is a fast, safe, pain-free, non-invasive technique that is especially suited to treat children and adults who may avoid acupuncture because of needle phobia or sensitivity.

How Laser Acupuncture Works?

Therapeutic medical lasers “inject” billions of photons of visible and/or invisible laser light deep into tissue structures. This chemical energy is utilized by the tissue to significantly accelerate the healing process and reduce pain in the body naturally, allowing for a less intrusive experience than with needles. Laser acupuncture also facilitates stimulation of areas that are difficult or uncomfortable to needle, such as auricular acupoints. By using a multichannel laser system, multiple acupoints can be treated simultaneously, just as in a metal-needle acupuncture treatment.

Numerous scientific studies have proven LA accelerates healing, reduces inflammation, reduces pain, improves circulation and helps regenerate cells. It is highly effective at treating numerous acute and chronic conditions. In fact, recent studies using advanced brain imaging show laser acupuncture has measurable healing effects on the brain as well as the body.

Conditions Effectively Treated with Laser Acupuncture

Similarly to traditional acupuncture, LA (laser acupuncture) is known for treating a wide range of diseases and conditions, as well as preventing them. Many people do acupuncture as a way to maintain their body healthy. It can be used to treat all the same conditions as traditional acupuncture, including:

  • Acute/chronic pain
  • Stress/ Anxiety Depression
  • Headaches/Migraines
  • Osteoarthritis
  • TMJ Pain
  • Nausea / Gastrointestinal issues
  • Sports Injuries
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Fertility
  • Bursitis, tendonitis
  • Back Pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Nerve regeneration
  • Tinnitus

What to Expect During A Laser Acupuncture Treatment

During a treatment session, patients wear special goggles to protect their eyes, while blue or red medical-grade cold lasers are held to the skin for between 15 to 60 seconds. This relaxing and painless stimulation transfers modulated energy wavelengths into the meridian system, promoting healing. LA therapy is completely painless and extremely safe.

Some patients may feel a sensation of energy shifting in their body, but most people feel nothing during treatment. Almost all report healing effects either immediately or over time, depending on the condition. Even if a patient prefers a treatment plan using traditional acupuncture needles, lasers can also be incorporated in a single session to treat highly sensitive or tender areas. Lasers are particularly effective for auricular acupuncture, and since it is non-invasive, it also carries zero risk of infection or other complications in patients with compromised immune systems or bleeding disorders.

TCM with Laser Acupuncture

If you have ever wanted to benefit from Traditional Chinese Medicine treatment for a health condition but are hesitant due to the use of needles, laser acupuncture is a great option. Otherwise you can also do cupping therapy, another great alternative therapy that has proven efficient. If you have any pre-existing condition or health issues, make sure to talk about it with your therapist before starting treatment - as he will be able to advise you about the best course of action. And don't worry - laser acupuncture is a safe and effective therapy, and no negative side effects come from it.

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