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Acupuncture and Low Level Laser Therapy

At the Leigham Practice we have been pioneering Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) for over a decade on a wide variety of problems treatable with acupuncture and are one of London’s most experienced centres in what is now one of the fastest growing sectors of healthcare.

Susana Skinner, our British Acupuncture Council therapist has worked with us for many years and is one of the few acupuncturists in the country qualified and experienced with this safe and painless treatment which she uses to kick-start the body’s own natural processes of healing, repair and recovery. It uses infra-red light, is well researched, is without drugs, no significant side-effects and is painless.

LLLT cannot burn or harm the skin. Its effects are photo-biochemical, not thermal.

LLLT achieves improved outcomes in the treatment of:

  • Tendonitis and RSI
  • Neuropathic and phantom pain
  • Sciatica
  • Back pain
  • Rheumatoid arthritis / joint pain
  • Osteoarthritis / joint pain
  • Chronic oedema
  • Psoriasis, eczema, acne, vitiligo, rosacea and alopecia so far, and rising

LLLT can be used effectively for Facial Rejuvenation without risks or side-effects, and Ear Acupuncture techniques, such as for smoking cessation.

Needleless Acupuncture

In addition to direct healing applications, LLLT also provides a way of providing acupuncture without the use of needles. It is therefore perfect for people who would very much like acupuncture if it weren’t for the thought of the needles.

How does it Work?

The physiological effects of laser therapy have been extensively researched. Particular wavelengths of light stimulate the body’s healing cells: initial absorption by the mitochondria leads to increased production of ATP and increased fibroblast cell proliferation and migration, with modulation of cytokine levels, growth factors, inflammatory mediators and increased tissue oxygenation – all part of the natural healing process.

Essentially, by directly treating the damaged tissue with appropriate light, LLLT helps the body to heal itself. It is especially effective for chronic conditions, or where the immune system is compromised, as it can also re-start a stalled healing process.

In addition to the local cellular effects, research on LLLT has demonstrated both enhanced levels of endorphin release, and the suppression of pain messages previously sent to the brain.
Combining these effects with those from its use in stimulating acupuncture points and ‘trigger’ points, low level laser is an excellent therapy for treating pain and wide variety of problems, however it not just a painkiller. It actually heals.

The Advantages

  • Painless: Treatment is completely without pain.
  • Rapid: Effects are often felt immediately or within hours of being given.
  • Drug-free & few side-effects: Other than the ‘Cautions’ section below, patients can benefit from resolution of chronic problems without the side effects of many other forms of treatment.
  • Effective results: Patients respond quickly with results usually evident in the first 1-2 treatments.
  • Little or no additional cost: Treatment times per session are relatively short so overall treatment time shows no significant increase against that of most traditional treatments for many problems. Even where large areas require treatment, such as for back pain or skin conditions, there is only a small additional cost.

The Treatment

Appropriate probes are placed directly onto the skin at particular points on, or relating, to the damaged area and light, which is controlled for wavelength, power, pulsing rate and duration, passes into the tissue. If the problem is a skin condition we will photograph the area to chart your improvements. If you are in pain we will reassess you at each appointment. Ultimately the best assessment of your improvements will come from you.

Cautions

LLLT is not considered a risk during pregnancy, but like almost all treatments is considered inadvisable during this period. LLLT is also unsuitable for people taking immune-suppressant drugs for life threatening reasons, such as those with organ transplants.

Established & Safe

Laser therapy is extremely safe. Low level lasers are used to treat a wide variety of conditions in medical organisations across the world. The low intensity laser beam does not cut or burn and has no side effects, other than the feeling of relaxation. Laser goggles are worn as precautionary eye protection.

Accessing laser treatment

If you already feel acupuncture can help your problem you need simply make an appointment and mention Laser Therapy when booking and we will make sure the equipment is allocated to your appointment.
Some people would like to discuss treatment with our team before attending and we warmly invite you to contact us in confidence.