Laser Acupuncture

LLLT Laser therapy is the term most commonly used to describe the therapeutic application of laser light at low intensity. In general, laser therapy is given at gentle, non-ionizing wavelengths within the red to near-infrared portion of the spectrum and at modest output powers below the threshold of heat damage to tissue.

An adverse reaction has never been documented in over fifty years of clinical and research use, perhaps because of the gentle intensity and long wavelengths. More than 5,000 studies and articles have been published.

Results have been stunning!

What can laser therapy treat?

Because of laser and other phototherapy’s fundamental effects to add energy to cells, perhaps nearly any health condition will benefit. Positive results have been documented in:

Acne · Allergic Purpura · Alopecia Areata · Angina / Ischemic Heart Disease · Asthma · Atherosclerosis / Arteriosclerosis · Atheroembolism · Arthritis (Osteo and Rheumatoid) · Back Pain · Bone Healing · Biphosphonate-Related Osteonecrosis of the Jaw (BRONJ) · Breast Tenderness · Bronchitis · Burger’s Disease · Burns · Burn Scars · Candidiasis · Cardiovascular Disease · Carpal Tunnel Syndrome · Cerebral Palsy · Chlamydia· Cholecystitis · Coronary Stent Implantation · Dental Applications (many) · Diabetes · Diabetic Retinopathy · Ear Disorders · Epicondylitis · Epididymitis · Episiotomy · Erectile Dysfunction · Eye Disorders · Facial Neuropathy/ Facial Pain · Fertility · Fibromyalgia · Gallbladder Inflammation · Gallstones · Glaucoma · Glossodynia · Hair Regrowth · Headaches / Tension – Migraine · Hearing Loss · Hepatitis · Herpes · Hyperacusis · Hyperlipidemia · Hypertension · Kidney Failure · Kidney Stones · Knee Pain · Lacrimal Duct Disease · Lichen Planus · Lymphedema · Macular Degeneration · Maxillofacial Disorders · Meniere’s Disease · Mucositis · Neck Pain · Nerve Regeneration · Neuralgia · Neuropathy · Osteomyelitis · Osteonecrosis · Osteoporosis · Pain (Musculoskeletal, Myofascial, Nerve) · Pancreatobiliary Disease · Parkinson’s Disease · Peyronie’s Disease · Pleurisy · Pneumonia · Pneumothorax · Post-Herpetic Neuralgia · Prostatitis · Rosacea · Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy · Respiratory Disorders · Scars · Sciatic Nerve Regeneration · Scleroderma · Shingles · Shoulder Pain · Sinusitis · Skin Disorders · Snakebite · Sports Injuries · Stomatitis · Stroke · Temporomandibular Joint Disorder · Tendonitis · Thyroid Disorders · Tinnitus · Trauma · Trigeminal Neuralgia · Tuberculosis · Ulcerative Colitis · Ulcers · Vitiligo · Xerostomia · Wound Healing



How Laser Therapy Works

Laser therapy energizes living systems.

Four well accepted effects in the scientific literature are:

Biostimulation / Tissue Regeneration
Reduction of Inflammation
Enhanced Immune Function / Antimicrobial
One important way in which laser therapy adds energy is through photon absorption by mitochondria. These tiny organelles which have been called the “powerhouses” of the cell, are found in most plants and animals. Mitochondria are able to absorb laser light which then activates a series of reactions to increase and store more cellular energy in the form of adenosine triphosphate (ATP).

By increasing energy available in this readily accessible form, laser light is able to greatly stimulate the biological function of cells, tissue, and systems and even raise overall vital energy throughout the individual. “Bio” stimulation = Life stimulation!

When energy is available, the body can heal itself.

Laser therapy has been shown to stimulate the regeneration of bone, blood, the lining of blood vessels, cartilage, nerve, and muscle. Moreover, it has been documented to enhance the quality of healed tissue. Laser therapy may be an ideal treatment. It may not only effectively address many medical conditions but also has been widely reported to improve health and wellbeing as evidenced by a host of biological markers

Laser may be used in three different ways:

1. To stimulate acupuncture  points

Laser is used to stimulate  acupuncture points using the same rules of point  selection as needle acupuncture. Laser acupuncture may be  used solely or in combination with needles for any given condition over a course of treatment.

2. To treat trigger points

In some musculo-skeletal conditions higher doses of laser may be used for the  deactivation of trigger points. Trigger points may be  found in muscles, ligaments, tendons and periosteum.  Direct irradiation over tendons, joint margins, bursae  etc may be effective in the treatment of conditions in  which trigger points may play a part. Children and the elderly may require smaller doses. Areas of thick skin or muscle may require higher doses for penetration than  finer skin areas e.g. ear.

3. To promote healing

The biostimulatory effects  of laser have been widely investigated both in vivo and  in vitro .

In vitro experimental  evidence has demonstrated acceleration of collagen  synthesis in fibroblast cultures due to acceleration of  mRNA transcription rate of the collagen gene. Superoxide  dismutase activity is increased (this decreases  prostaglandins). This is postulated as one mechanism of  pain and oedema reduction. Other effects are: inhibition  of procollagen production in human skin keloid fibroblast  cultures and stimulation of phagocytosis by  macrophages, increased fibroblast  proliferation, as well a wide variety of cellular  responses.

In vivo effects  demonstrated in animals include increased formation of  granulation tissue and increased rates of  epithelialisation in laser irradiated wounds, stimulation  of suppressor T-cells, increased collateral nerve  sprouting and regeneration of damaged nerves in rats and  tendon and ligament repair in race horses.

Bio-stimulatory effects of  laser are governed by the Arndt-Schultz Law of Biology  i.e. weak stimuli excite physiological activity, strong  stimuli retard it. The implication of this for wound  healing is that, as treatment of a wound is continuing  and there appears to be a slowing down of healing, a  reduction of the laser dosage may be needed. By virtue of  the Arndt-Schultz Law and the changed responsiveness of  the tissues, what was originally a stimulating laser dose  may have become an inhibitory dose of laser. The optimal  energy density for biostimulation, based on current  clinical experience, is 4J/cm2. Dose must be adjusted  according to individual response.

Biostimulatory effects of  laser may be used in the following conditions:

1. Promotion of healing  of wounds e.g. venous and arterial ulcers, burns,  pressure sores.

2. Treatment of skin  infections such as herpes zoster, labialis and genitalis.

3. Treatment of apthous ulcers.

Laser may have an enhancing  effect on healing wherever inflammation is present.





Doctor Rae

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