Laser Acupuncture

Painless, effective & safe treatment option especially great for children.

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Laser acupuncture is a particularly popular option for young children. It uses infrared light from a device that resembles a small flashlight to deliver an imperceptible dose of thermal energy to the pressure point.  Research has shown laser acupuncture to be as effective as needles. Traditionally, acupuncture involves inserting very thin needles into the body, but laser acupuncture is an effective alternative.

Laser acupuncture is practiced widely throughout Europe and Asia.  Most lasers used in acupuncture are known as low-level lasers or “cold lasers,” (because they don’t produce heat.). Studies show that low-level lasers can help regenerate cells, decrease pain, reduce inflammation & improve circulation. But perhaps the greatest advantage of laser acupuncture is that it’s completely painless.

Acupuncture is based on the theory that energy flows along meridians, or channels, in the body, and that blockages in this flow lead to illness.  It is also thought that acupuncture may stimulate the release of neurotransmitters such as endorphins and serotonin or otherwise inhibit pain transmission.  Laser acupuncture is a painless, yet effective method of acupuncture, that is especially beneficial for children. Using laser acupuncture we are still able to move qi and blood in the body, providing excellent results without needles.

Most patients feel nothing at all during laser acupuncture. . During a laser treatment a particular point is stimulated for between 15-30 seconds. It’s fast and easy.  Seconds in comparison to needle retention time, which may be 20 to 30 minutes. Because you are not breaking the skin—there is zero risk of infection.

Dr. Sven Gottschling from the University Children’s Hospital, Saarland University, Hamburg, Germany and a group of other European medical researchers teamed up to investigate the efficacy of low level laser acupuncture therapy treating children with migraines or tension headaches   The researchers concluded that low level infrared laser acupuncture was of  significant benefit.  It has also been found that laser acupuncture helps paediatric patients manage pain and nausea.  Multiple published studies have  also shown good effects of laser acupuncture for hiccups, bed wetting & weight loss.

It has also been found to be effective for children undergoing cancer treatment to help manage chronic nausea from chemotherapy or to relieve discomfort from other aspects of their treatment.  The treatment, whicIMG_7780h very rarely has side effects, can also help with post-surgical pain.

Controlled studies of acupuncture in pediatric patients have shown its usefulness in managing nausea after surgical removal of tonsils and adenoids and following eye surgery to correct strabismus. It has also been shown to help reduce chronic headache pain in children.