LOW LEVEL LASER THERAPY (ACUPUNCTURE WITHOUT NEEDLES)
Low Energy Laser Therapy has been used in acupuncture since the 1960's. The earliest experimental application of low power laser in medicine was first reported in 1968 by Hungarian researcher Dr. Endre Mester. He observed that laser irradiation at low levels increased collagen synthesis (collagen is the forerunner to cartilage), enhanced the formation of new blood vessels, accelerated wound healing and hair growth, and promoted enzyme synthesis. In 1974, Heinrich Plogg of Fort Coulombe, Canada, presented his work on the use of “needleless acupuncture” in the treatment of chronic and acute pain. By the mid 1970's laser therapy was already well established throughout Eastern Europe, China and the Soviet Union.
Since then, a multitude of devices, from many different countries, generating a variety of different laser beams of varying power, wavelengths and frequencies have been used by Acupuncture Physicians, Medical Doctors and Physiotherapists. Many centers of research are now developing around the world. Japan and several Scandinavian countries are at the forefront of clinical research work with low energy laser therapy. A tissue repair research unit, examining the effects of laser, now exists at Guy's Hospital in London; the Cancer Center of America advertises their use of low-Level Laser in the treatment of pain.
The photo-chemical effects of light in medicine are well known e.g. blue light is absorbed by bilirubin and thus undergoes a photo-chemical change thereby treating neo-natal jaundice, and ultraviolet light is used to treat psoriasis etc. The use of low energy lasers in acupuncture is an extension of this same effect.
Unlike traditional needle acupuncture, laser therapy stimulates the acupuncture points without piercing the skin. Low level laser therapy works because the laser energy is compatible with our own; it resonates with our cells. The photons emitted by the laser are characterized by being coherent, directional, and monochromatic; this means that all its power is concentrated within a very narrow bandwidth. The bio-photons emitted by low level laser promotes healing at the cellular level by setting up a resonance with the cells.
The energy of the therapeutic laser is gentle and similar enough to be accepted and received by our cells as if it were their very own. As light energy is absorbed, cellular respiration and metabolism increase. The mitochondria (the ‘engine') of the cell produces more energy and thereby promotes healing.
I purchased my first low-energy laser in 1982, and the very first patient I treated was an eighty-two year old woman with arthritis. After her first treatment, she became pain-free, and regained full range of motion in her hands! Needless to say, from the very beginning, I was convinced about the effectiveness of laser therapy!
Conditions that are good candidates for low level laser therapy are:
* Soft tissue injuries
* Joint conditions
* Non healing wounds and ulcers
* Acupuncture point stimulation
* Low back pain
* Carpal tunnel syndrome
* Pediatric Acupuncture
* Post Herpetic Neuralgia
* Sports Medicine
* Tennis Elbow
* Fibromyalgia pain
* Arthritic pain
Michael Nixon, L.Ac.D.O.M., is a Acupuncture Physician who is nationally certified in Laser Acupuncture with over 32 years of experience in the treatment of neck and back pain. He has a 90% success rate in the treatment of pain.
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LOW ENERGY LASER ACUPUNCTURE AND
THE TREATMENT OF NECK AND BACK PAIN
Neck and back pain are some of the most common complaints suffered in America today. They account for millions of hours lost from work and countless dollars spent on treatments and medication. Neck and back pain may be either acute, as in the case of lumbar sprain or whiplash, or chronic, as in chronic degenerative disc disease. Neck or back pain can be simply annoying or it can produce unbearable physical and emotional suffering.
One of the most common causes of neck or back pain is injury to the muscles along the spine called the Para spinal muscles. When these muscles are injured - as in the case of a whiplash injury or back sprain - the muscles react by shortening. Shortening of the Para spinal muscles will increase the pressure on the disc in such a way, that the disc is pushed out of alignment in the direction of least resistance, thereby causing bulging and eventually a hernia of the disc.
The most common treatment sought out for this condition is chiropractic care. Chiropractors attempt to re-align the vertebra, but more often than not, this is simply not possible; because the injured muscles have shortened, and are pulling the disc out of alignment. Many times, chiropractic care is not addressing the root cause of the problem. If a person is getting continual chiropractic care, but they are still hurting, this is a sign that the root cause of their problem is not being addressed.
Clinical practice has shown it is possible to relax injured neck and back muscles with acupuncture, thereby lowering the pressure in the disc, and allowing them to re-align. Acupuncture can be done by the insertion of traditional acupuncture needles or by using non-invasive techniques without needles. The most common, safe and effective non-needle acupuncture technique available today is “Laser Acupuncture Therapy.”
These low energy lasers are different than the lasers used in surgery. Low Energy Lasers are similar to the lasers used as “pointers” for lectures, or the lasers used in “light shows” for entertainment. Unlike the “hot” lasers that destroy tissue, low level laser therapy is totally non-invasive, and stimulates and heals the tissues using photons.
Most patients experience dramatic results in their first treatment!
AURICULAR THERAPY AND THE TREATMENT OF NECK AND BACK PAIN
By Michael Nixon, L.Ac. D.O.M.
Auricular (ear) acupuncture is a therapy in which certain points are stimulated on the human ear for the purpose of treating pain, disease, and functional disorders. Its use was first recorded in the classical Chinese medical book, the Nei Ching , dating back thousands of years.
It was Dr. Paul Nogier, a French Medical Doctor, who in 1951 revitalized the practice of ear acupuncture with his development of “Auricular Medicine.”
I first became aware of the efficacy of auricular therapy in 1983 when I was a student in acupuncture school. After being unsuccessful in treating a whiplash patient with standard acupuncture points on the body, I decided to try needling points on the patients ear. I was astounded at the results! Here was a patient who prior to the ear needling, had extreme pain and zero cervical range of motion - and now they were pain free with full range of motion!
Over the years, I have consistently gotten dramatic results with ear acupuncture. Many times I don't even have to use needles. I simply massage the appropriate points on the ears to get instant results.