Natural Pain Control – LASER acupuncture
How Cold Laser Therapy is Revolutionizing Carpal Tunnel Care, Neck & Shoulder Pain
(cold laser applied to acupuncture points) has been shown to cause an almost identical physiological response, and brain stimulation pattern (through fMRI), as regular needle acupuncture, without any sensation. It uses low-energy laser beams, instead of traditional acupuncture needles, to influence the flow of current at the acupuncture points. Practitioners of laser acupuncture have studied traditional Chinese medicine and apply these principles to point selection.
Since Cold Laser has gained FDA approval with an impressive 76% improvement rate, Cold Lasers are now being widely used in professional sports such as the USPS tour de France and the NFL.
In 1917, Albert Einstein already formulated the physical foundation for so-called light intensification with stimulated emission. LASER, an acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. Incredibly Einstein’s idea sat on paper for 45 years until technology was advanced to develop the first laser in the early 60s. It is a form of electromagnetic radiation, in the visible or infrared region of the light spectrum, generated by stimulating a medium, which may be solid or gaseous, under special conditions. The photochemical effects of light in medicine are well known (e.g. blue light is absorbed by bilirubin and thus undergoes photochemical change–the basis of the treatment of neonatal jaundice). Another use is that of ultraviolet light to treat psoriasis in PUVA treatment. The use of laser as a mechanism to induce photochemical changes in tissues is an extension of this effect. In the field of medicine, laser not only allows careful treatment for patients but also, a manifold of selective therapies in nearly all special fields.
How Cold Laser Works
A beam of light from a laser tube is aimed onto an acupuncture point, stimulating it similar to the way acupuncture needles do. The wavelength is the prime determinant of tissue penetration. Lasers which penetrate less deeply are suitable for acupuncture point stimulation. Infrared lasers penetrate more deeply and are used in deeper tissue stimulation such as trigger points.
What Can Cold Laser Treat?
Laser acupuncture is typically used treat painful conditions such as:
– Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
– Tennis Elbow
– Arthritis of the Knee
– Chronic Headaches
– Neck and Shoulder Pain
– Rotator Cuff
– Achilles Tendinitis
– Plantar Fasciitis
– Treatment of Fibromyalgia Trigger Points
Cold Laser may be used in three different ways:
1. To stimulate acupuncture points
Cold laser is used to stimulate acupuncture points using the same rules of point selection as needle acupuncture.
2. To treat trigger points
Cold laser can relieve acute and chronic pain and reduce inflammation (swelling). Cold laser has a shocking 90% success rate for neck and shoulder pain. It increases blood supply and stimulates nerve function.
Trigger points may be found in muscles, ligaments, tendons and periosteum. Direct exposure over tendons, joint margins, bursae etc may be effective in the treatment of conditions in which trigger points may play a part.
3. To promote healing
Cold laser increases the speed, quality and tensile strength of tissue repair and helps to develop collagen and muscle tissue. It also stimulates the immune system. It helps generate new and healthy cells and tissue and promotes faster wound healing and clot formation.
The laser does not produce heat and it is completely painless. Most patients feel nothing at all. The length of treatment recommended by the FDA is 15 visits, but it depends on the individual and is determined by your physician. Many patients feel substantial relief after a few treatments. Some just after one.