Frequently Asked Questions
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What is Laser Acupuncture Therapy?
Laser Acupuncture is a form of Laser Therapy that has the added benefits of treating the whole body, not just the area of pain or discomfort. By treating the whole person, we are able to help patients heal better and faster.
The National Institute of Health (NIH) defines Laser Acupuncture as: The use of a low intensity laser light (also know as photo-bio-stimulation or cold laser) to stimulate acupuncture points, instead of using needles.
How do therapeutic medical lasers work?
Therapeutic medical lasers heal tissue ailments by “injecting” billions of photons of visible and/or invisible laser light deep into tissue structures. Tissue naturally contains protein strands called chromophores and cytochromes located in the mitochondria of a cell, which have the unique ability to absorb laser light energy and transform it into chemical energy for the cell. This chemical energy is utilized by the tissue to significantly accelerate the healing process and reduce pain in the body naturally.
How long have lasers been in use?
Medical lasers have been in clinical use since 1960 in 30 different countries by hospitals, doctors, therapists and professional athletes. The equipment used in this clinic has approval in the EU, FDA and Health Canada. The type of laser used for Laser Therapy/Laser Acupuncture is very different (power,wavelength, medical use) than the lasers used in surgery, dentistry or hair removal.
Does Laser Acupuncture Therapy hurt?
Laser Therapy/Laser Acupuncture is painless. It is non-thermal (does not heat up) and it does not pierce the skin like needle acupuncture.
What are some of the benefits of Laser Acupuncture Therapy?
- Treats the whole body, not just the site of injury or pain
- Reduces healing time and eliminates pain
- Restores normal range of motion
- Enhances the immune system
- Non-toxic and non-invasive
- No side effects or pain
- Reduces the need for surgery
- Extremely safe (Health Canada approved)
What are the biological effects of Laser Acupuncture Therapy?
Anti-Inflammatory – Laser light reduces swelling caused by bruising or inflammation of joints to give enhanced joint mobility.
Increased Vascular Activity – Laser light induces temporary vasodilation (increasing blood flow to damaged areas)
Stimulated Nerve Function – Slow recovery of nerve function in damaged tissue can result in “dead” feeling limbs or numb areas. Laser light speeds the process of nerve cell reconnection and regeneration to bring the numb areas back to life.
Faster Wound Healing – Laser light stimulates fibroblast development and accelerates collagen synthesis in damaged tissue.
Increased Metabolic Activity – Higher outputs of specific enzymes; greater oxygen and food particle loads for blood cells and thus greater production of the basic food source for all cells, Adenosine Tri-Phosphate (ATP).
Rapid Cell Growth – Laser light accelerates cellular reproduction and growth.
Reduced Fibrous Tissue Formation – Laser light reduces the formation of scar tissue following tissue damage from: cuts, scratches, burns or post-surgery.
With the use of Laser Acupuncture, we can increase ATP, decrease inflammation, and create homeostasis via structural and myofascial manipulation to treat all types of pain, soft tissue injuries, postural imbalances, and other general systemic disorders.
Stress and Sleep Disorders
Tired of feeling tired all the time? Acupuncture soothes the nervous system, allowing you to feel more relaxed in general, and promotes restful sleep so you get back to feeling more like yourself again.
Have you been diagnosed with IBS, Crohn’s, Colitis, or GERD? Feel bloated all the time? Indigestion? We have the treatments to help you recover from the pain and discomfort that will get you feeling well again.
Anxiety and Depression
Acupuncture helps to mediate imbalances that create mental and emotional disharmonies like Anxiety and Depression. We have comprehensive treatments and strategies to facilitate positive change in your life.
Irregular Periods, PMS, Menstrual Pain, and Infertility are common, but not normal. We can work collaboratively with diet, lifestyle, and treatments to correct the underlying problems.
In autoimmune disease, the immune system mistakes part of your body as foreign. It releases proteins called auto-antibodies that attack healthy cells. Some target just one organ, while others can affect the whole body.
Functional and Nutritional Medicine
Food is foundational medicine. We work collaboratively to create a nutritional lifestyle that works for you. Not all diets are suitable for all people. The functional medicine model is an individual, patient cetnered, science-based approach to addressing underlying causes of your disease or disorder.
Tui-Na, Cupping, and Gua Sha
Many of the techniques used in this massage resemble that of a western massage. In tui na massage, the muscles and tendons are massaged with the help of hands, and an acupressure technique is applied to affect pressure points of the body, faciliatign the healing process.
Skin rejuvenation via Acupuncture, Laser, and skin neutriceuticals are achieved over a series of visit designed to allow for collagen production remodeling. This creates smoother, plumper skin with pore minimization, and pigment spots become more even and/or disappear.