A laser acupuncturist typically aims a beam of light from a laser onto a reflex point much as he might with an acupuncture needle. The visible red laser beam stays on a point from between ten seconds to two minutes, the duration being dependent on the density of the tissue. When laser light is absorbed by a living tissue, it triggers biological reactions in the cells. As chemicals are released and carried by blood and lymph throughout the system, cold laser light can have wide systemic effects that can be divided into three categories:
- Pain Reduction
- Laser acupuncture has proven to be highly effective in releasing myofascial pain syndrome and stimulating increased levels of endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers.
- Reducing Inflammation
- Following an acute injury, the body initiates a tissue repair process. Laser therapy reduces inflammation, bruising and pain while the body repairs itself. It also reduces inflammatory enzymes often seen in diseases such as Rheumatoid arthritis.
- Accelerating Tissue Repair
- Laser acupuncture has been shown to accelerate the production of ATP, the chemical energy engine for the cell that speeds up its overall activity. This creates an increased rate of repair in cells responsible for repairing tissue, including bone, ligament, muscle, skin and nerves.