Low Level Laser Therapy/Photobiomodulation
Fear of needles is very real and will often cause potential patients to reject even the idea of acupuncture treatment. At Acushastra our main focus of treatment is specifically on activating acupuncture points to move qi and blood in the channels. There are multiple ways to move qi and blood in the body, providing excellent results without needles. Modern research has provided new opportunities for acupuncture treatments that did not previously exist, including micro current, magnetic treatments and laser acupuncture.
Most lasers used in acupuncture are known as low-level lasers or “cold lasers,” (because they don’t produce heat.). These are not the same as lasers used for laser surgery, in which “hot lasers” are used as a scalpel to burn or cut. low-level lasers can help regenerate cells, decrease pain, reduce inflammation, improve circulation to name a few examples. the greatest advantage of laser acupuncture is that it’s completely painless. This is a great way of treating patients who may have needle phobia.
Most patients feel nothing at all during laser acupuncture. After deciding which points to use with laser treatment you simply light up the point for a number of seconds, depending upon the power and output of the laser used, and then move on to the next point. It’s fast and easy. We’re taking seconds in comparison to needle retention time, depending on the power and type of laser used, generally we are going to treat for approximately 15-60 seconds per point. Points that require deeper needling, like the legs and torso, may need longer treatment times. Ears, hands and feet require less treatment time. Because you are not breaking the skin—there is zero risk of infection.
Effectiveness of treatment is enhanced because laser acupuncture allows you to treat points you otherwise might not be able to treat, due to patient age, sensitivity, or fear. Laser acupuncture is also effective and often shown to be as effective as needle acupuncture for a variety of problems.