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Laser therapy & Weight Loss laser treatments
What is the history of laser therapy?
The word “LASER” is an acronym for Light Amplification by the
Stimulated Emission of Radiation. It is commonly used as a word
and written as "laser". The "radiation" portion of the acronym
sounds ominous, but radiation just means traveling light or other
particles. Light, or photons, are electromagnetic waves including
everything from X-rays to radio waves. Laser light tends to be in or
near the visible portion of the electromagnetic spectrum.
The theory was first described by Albert Einstein (1879-1955) who
paved the way for the development of the therapeutic laser.
The first low-level therapeutic laser was developed in 1962. By the
end of the 1960s Endre Mester in Hungary was reporting an
improved healing of wounds through low level laser radiation and
since then, scientists and doctors around the world have been
using laser light to treat conditions that can affect all age groups.
What is low level laser light?
Low level laser light is compressed light of a wavelength from the
cold, red part of the spectrum of electromagnetic radiation. It is
different from natural light in that it is one precise color; it is
coherent (travels in a straight line), monochromatic (single
wavelength) and polarized (concentrates its beam in a defined
location or spot).
What is Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT)?
Low level laser therapy is the application of a "cold" pure laser light
to treat certain conditions. While low level laser therapy relatively
new to the United States, for smoking cessation, it has been in
practice internationally in countries throughout Europe & Canada
for over 30 years. It has been used to successfully treat many
musculoskeletal injuries as it promotes healing & tissue repair
while reducing inflammation. Low level laser therapy has also
been found to be extremely successful in the treatment of smoking
cessation, weight control and stress management.
Is laser therapy safe?
The FDA has classified low level laser therapy devices as "non-
significant risk medical devices." They pose no health risk to the
patient provided that the protective eyewear is worn. The laser has
been compared to an ultra-sound in that it is completely non-
invasive, heatless and pain-free.
Is the therapy performed by a doctor?
Our office operates under the supervision of a medical director and
a certified laser technician will perform the therapy.
What parts of my body will be treated?
The points and areas vary depending on the treatment. For smoking cessation and weight loss, a low level laser is
applied to several acupressure energy points on the hands, ears, nose, wrist, feet or arms. The areas for pain vary by
each individual client and for the condition being treated. Our staff will evaluate and advise as appropriate.
How can Laser Therapy help me stop smoking?
We apply a low level or "cold" laser to your body's natural energy
flow points to stimulate the release of endorphins in the body. Endorphins are the body's natural mood elevators.
These same chemicals are raised artificially when you smoke. The laser treatment causes the body to feel effects
similar to what you get when you smoke - relieving the physical withdrawal symptoms.
How long does the treatment take?
The laser therapy treatment takes about 20 minutes. However, you should allow about 35 minutes for the evaluation
and paperwork during the initial visit.
How many treatments will I need?
Many patients only require one treatment to successfully quit smoking and alleviate cravings. However, a
booster/second treatment is offered for up to 8 weeks of the initial treatment if needed to assist in combating the
What does the treatment feel like?
The effects of the laser are immediate and you will feel the tension leaving your body. Many patients feel completely
relaxed and some even fall asleep during the laser treatment. In fact, patients return for another session for its
calming and relaxing effects.
How long does the feeling of not needing a cigarette last after the treatment?
For most people, the physical cravings will be gone forever. We will give you tips on handling the mental habits
associated with smoking to support your success.
Are there any health conditions for which laser therapy is not recommended?
Yes. You would be excluded from receiving a laser treatment if you are pregnant, taking photosensitive medication or
steroids, have cancer or epilepsy, or use a pacemaker. No adverse side effects have been documented. Laser
Centers does not treat these particular conditions as a precautionary measure. We recommend that you consult with
your physician if you have specific concerns related to your medical health.
Are there any side effects resulting from the laser therapy?
The laser is completely safe and provides no known adverse side effects. In fact, many clients feel very relaxed during
and after the treatment.
I have been smoking for over 20/30/40/50 years; will this therapy work for me?
All you need is a strong desire to quit. No matter what other programs you've tried and no matter how long you've
smoked. We are committed to helping you kick your smoking habit!
Will I put on weight if I stop smoking?
We treat the energy points associated with appetite control to stimulate your metabolism. If you're concerned, we are
suggesting to discuss it further with your doctor or dietitian.
Is the treatment guaranteed?
Laser therapy has helped thousands of people and is highly successful. We are confident that we can help you quit
smoking with your commitment. Nicotine addiction consists of both a physical and mental addiction. The laser
therapy addresses the physical aspect. But, because every person is different and has individual psychological and
emotional aspects to deal with, the process can not be guaranteed. We will work with each person to support
How does laser therapy for weight control work?
A cold low level laser is applied to various points on the body (ear, wrist, arm, face) to stimulate the release of
endorphins - suppressing the appetite, reducing cravings and raising the metabolism.
Is the weight loss laser treatment program guaranteed?
Laser therapy is highly successful and will help accelerate your metabolism, suppress cravings and decrease your
appetite. Laser therapy works in conjunction with eating properly and light exercise. While there is not guarantee for
weight loss due to the many factors affecting it, our program has an extremely high success for those individuals who
follow the program and are committed to making the changes necessary.
Is laser therapy effective for weight loss?
Absolutely! When our laser therapy treatments are combined with an overall nutritional & exercise plan, the pounds
and excess body fat are dramatically reduced. The results are lasting and permanent.
How many laser treatments will be needed?
Your initial visit will consist of a consultation and a laser therapy session aimed at reducing your appetite & cravings
as well as raising the metabolic rate to promote fat burning.
Will my medical insurance cover the cost of laser therapy?
Several insurance companies are now reimbursing the cost of smoking cessation programs. Contact your provider
for more information. We will provide information to submit with your receipt for reimbursement. In addition, you may
be eligible for a tax deduction (consult your accountant). The overall cost for the smoking cessation program is about
5% of your overall yearly smoking expenditure.