Although we still use needle acupuncture (which usually is painless), we are proud to offer laser acupuncture, a relatively new treatment. Laser acupuncture replaces traditional acupuncture needles with low-energy laser beams directed at the appropriate site. Dr. Velji may aim the beam at the acupuncture site for a period of time ranging from 10 seconds to a couple of minutes. The laser acupuncture beam, radiating from helium and neon, applies heat to the point.
Laser acupuncture has been found to be effective in the treatment of such maladies as tennis elbow, arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, chronic headaches in children, and even stroke paralysis. Laser acupuncture stimulates acupuncture points just as the needles do, increasing cell production in tissue. This process leads to a reduction in swelling and better blood flow, speeding up the recovery process. It increases endorphin and serotonin release, which relieves pain.
You will experience no pain during laser acupuncture treatments and probably will feel very relaxed. Many patients report a feeling of well-being after a laser acupuncture treatment. All in all, laser acupuncture is said to be a very pleasant experience.