Laser Therapy (another form of light therapy)

About Laser Therapy

A unique and powerful approach to reduce pain and accelerate healing, without harmful side effects

Heal Through Laser Acupuncture

Stimulating specific acupuncture points offers a safe, effective and painless therapy that promotes the natural self-healing process.  Introducing therapeutic light into the body activates the body’s own natural healing systems to relieve pain, increase joint mobility, increase tissue integrity and promote cell regeneration.

How Laser Acupuncture Works

Laser light is delivered at a wavelength of 980nm which effectively penetrates the tissues to not only move stagnant qi (energy) but also deliver energy to the cells to help them regain their proper function.

Photons, which are light particles, penetrate the tissue and stimulate photosensitive compounds in the cells’ mitochondria, known as chromophores.  This, in turn, releases nitric oxide for vasodilation and increases the rate of ATP production, the cells’ fuel source.

Nitric oxide’s ability to dilate blood vessels allows nutrients and oxygenated blood access to damaged tissues.  In turn it helps remove stagnant fluids to decrease pain, reduce inflammation, and promote faster healing times.

Conditions Treated

  • Back pain
  • Knee pain
  • Neck pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Foot pain
  • Tendinitis
  • Arthritis
  • Other soft tissue injuries

About the Treatments

Treatment time will vary between 7 and 15 minutes.  The typical number of treatments required varies between 6 and 12 depending on the body’s natural healing rate and the severity of the condition.

What does it feel like to get a treatment?

Most patients describe it as a very soothing, warm sensation. Since our laser, the Epoch-980, is a high-powered therapy laser, your skin will get warm during the treatment.  Many patients feel a significant reduction in pain on the first visit.  Occasionally patients will feel slightly more pain immediately after the treatment and then feel much better the next day.

How will I feel after the treatment?

You may feel pain relief after just the first treatment.  For other patients, it takes a while longer.  Most patients report feeling very relaxed or even tired.  If you feel a lot less pain, keep in mind that pain reduction is just one goal.  The laser is giving your cells more energy so that they will repair and regenerate new tissues.  The effect of laser therapy treatments is cumulative.  You will be getting more benefit with successive treatments.

Do I have to wear safety glasses during my laser treatments?

Yes.  In the human body, the eye is most sensitive to light.  When the eye is exposed to a laser beam, the lens in the eye focuses the beam into a tiny spot.  This can actually burn the retina of the eye.  The safety glasses you wear specifically block out the wavelengths of light produced by the Epoch-980 therapeutic laser.

What do I need to do after the treatment?

Rest!  And be gentle with the area that was treated.  For example, you may feel significantly better and think you are all clear to return to your normal activity of running, tennis, golf, etc.  However, it is very important to go easy and give your body time to heal and resume normal activity, only when directed by Dr. Mary Mees.

Alternatively, you may feel a little more sore over the next 24 hours.  This can happen to some people from the effects of vasodilation, which means your blood and lymphatic vessels have a larger diameter.  This helps to reduce inflammation, but vasodilation may cause you to feel more sore temporarily.  Again, be gentle with the area that was treated.  After 24 hours you typically feel better than you did prior to the treatment.