What is Laserpuncture?
Laserpuncture provides a simple, effective, non-invasive alternative to needle acupunture in treating musculoskeletal pain. Additionally, research test results have shown that laserpuncture reduces pain levels where traditional needing fails to acheive the desired result. Laserpuncture uses a laser at specific wavelengths, wattage and time (joules) at acupoints along specific meridians where needles would traditionally be used.
What is its history?
The healing effects of lasers were discovered by accident during laser safety tests conducted in 1967. Lasers suitable for treating pain became available in the late 1970's. Since then, laser therapy, laser acupuncture and laserpuncture have been widely utilized. Laserpuncture was initially used in France and now is used in the rest of Europe. With FDA approval in 2001, laserpuncture is quickly gaining popularity in the USA.
Has effectiveness been demonstrated scientifically?
Many research studies have been done. Some of these studies include: laserpuncture decreased pain and prolonged relief in patients with radicular and pseudo-radical pain, over-whelming pain relief and relief of numbness in neuro-surgical patients, 100% pain relief in a group of patients with lumbar radicular pain. Siginificant changes in cerebral blood flow and brain activity was found after laserpuncture. Laserpuncture has been found to be as effective on occipital headaches as acupuncture. These are only a few examples.
1. Kreczi T and Klungler D. A Comparison of Laser Acupuncture versus Placebo in Radicular and Pseudo-radicular Pain Syndromes as Recorded by Subjective Responses of Patients. Acupuncture Electrotherapy and Research. 1986. 11 (34): 207-216.
2. Shuyuba M, Ono R, Fugisawa K, Kateda K, Sano H, Kama T, and Oshiro T. Laser Acupuncture Therapy for Pain and Vague Complaints in Neurosurgery. No Shinkei Gesa (in Japanese). June 1988. 13(6): 607-612.
3. Gruzka M, et al. Effects of Low Energy Laser Therapy on Herniated Lumbar Discs. Lasers in Surgery and Medicine. 1998. Suppl 10. p 6.
4. Smesney D B. Acupunture Laser in Treating Headache Pain. Proceeding of SPIE. 1989. Vol 1353: 234237.Oncology. November 2003. Vol 21:22.
Does it hurt? What does a treatment feel like?
There is little or no sensation during treatment - occasionally one feels mild, soothing warmth, or tingling. Areas of pain or inflammation may be sensitive briefly before pain reduction.
Are they any side effects or associated risks?
During more than twenty years of use by healthcare providers all over the world, very few side effects have ever been reported. Occasionally some old injuries or pain syndromes may feel aggravated for a few days, as the healing response is more active after treatment.
How long does each treatment take?
The typical course of treatment is five minutes depending on the size of the area being treated.
How often should a patient be treated?
Chronic problems respond best when treatments are received 1 to 2 times a week.
How many treatments does it take?
This depends on the nature of the condition being treated.Those of a more chronic nature may require 6-9 (or more) treatments. Conditions Such as severe arthritis may require ongoing periodic care to control pain.
How long before the results are felt?
You may feel improvement in your condition (usually pain reduction) after the very first treatment. Sometimes you will not feel improvement for a number of treatments. This does not mean that nothing is happening. Each treatment is cumulative and results are often felt after 3 or 4 sessions.