What is Laserpuncture?
Traditional therapies like acupuncture have existed for centuries. Hundreds of clinical studies on the benefits of acupuncture show that it successfully relieves pain from musculoskeletal problems (back pain, neck pain, and others) to headaches and osteoarthritis.
One of the most common reasons Australians visit their GP is for pain relief. 20% of all adult Australians live with chronic pain daily. However, most of them will not visit an acupuncturist because they fear the pain! There is a common fear around being stuck with needles. Luckily there is another option for these people.
Laserpuncture offers a way to overcome people’s fear of needles while still receiving the benefits of acupuncture. Laserpuncture is based on the fundamental concepts of traditional acupuncture but instead of using needles to mechanically puncture the acupuncture points, it uses laser’s light energy to stimulate or “puncture” the same acupuncture points.
There are proven advantages to using laser acupuncture for treating musculoskeletal pain disorders.
- It is a painless treatment
Unlike conventional acupuncture, laserpuncture is completely pain-free. Most patients report feeling benefits of acupuncture without the pain from needles. Some report a shift in energy. This is a great way to attract patients to your clinic who may have a needle phobia.
- It is non-invasive
Laserpuncture does not involve piercing the body points with needles. There is zero risk of infection because you are not breaking the skin. Practitioners can treat points that they might not be able to access traditionally because of issues with sensitivity or age.
- It is quick
With the laser treatment, you simply shine the light on the desired point for a few seconds, (depending on the strength and output of your laser), and then you move onto the next point. It is fast and easy. The time of treatment with the super pulsed laser is a number of seconds compared with acupuncture where the needle has to be left in for 20 to 30 minutes. Not only will your patients appreciate the quick healing treatment, but you are also able to see more patients!
- It induces both central and peripheral analgesia
Laserpuncture achieves superior results by not only stimulating the body at a cellular level but it also has physiological effects in the brain. Laserpuncture achieves pain relief through a dual mechanism. Not only does it soothe the irritated nerves, but it also blocks pain by releasing high levels of pain-killers such as endorphins and enkephalin in the brain and adrenal gland.
MLS Dual Wavelength Laser for Laserpuncture
According to research, dual laser therapy is superior to traditional low-level laser therapy when it comes to laserpuncture. The dual laser, also known as the Multi-wave Locked System (MLS), combines lasers with different properties. The 808nm continuous wavelength delivers prevailing anti-inflammatory benefits. The 905 nm pulsed wavelength has predominantly analgesic effects. Both effects are crucial for achieving relief for acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions.
In particular, the Mphi 75 laser by ASALaser Italy, uses two synchronized lasers, with peak power 75w from the super pulsed laser for faster treatment times. In addition to the powerful 75 W peak power which results in quicker healing, the new laser comes with software that offers specific protocols for a large range of treatments and pathologies – making it much easier for you to diagnose and treat!
Mphi 75 for Laserpuncture
Once you have diagnosed the patient and chosen the correct acupoints, generally you treat 15-60 seconds per point. Most practitioners report having successful treatment results in 10-15 seconds, especially with the Mphi 75. Points that require deeper needling, like the legs and torso, may need longer treatment times. Ears, hands, and feet require less treatment time.
Any point of the body can be treated with the laser except near the eyes. Even if your patient has a wound or an injury, you can still shine the laser light onto that area without any contraindications.
MLS Laser Therapy Benefits Musculoskeletal Diseases
Dr. Viliana evaluated the safety of laserpuncture treatment using MLS in terms of adverse reactions and side effects. This study also evaluated the clinical efficacy of the treatment and degree of patient satisfaction. 67 adult patients who had acute or chronic muscle-skeletal diseases, including neck pain, low back pain, knee pain, shoulder, arthrosis/arthritis, were treated.
The participants were treated 3 times per week and a total of 6 sessions were completed. The acupoints were selected based on the methods of traditional acupuncture. The laser used was MLS laser that combined lasers of two wavelengths – 808 nm and 905 nm.
At the end of the study, 80.5% of patients reported they were “satisfied/very satisfied”. No patient had general adverse or skin reactions. These findings suggest that laserpuncture has an immense potential for treating musculoskeletal-related pain.
T. Viliani. Laserpuncture with MLS® (Multiwave Locked System) system Mphi: safety and clinical efficacy in joint disease, preliminary data. Energy for health . 2016.