Acupuncture and Laser Therapy

Medical Acupuncture

Contemporary Medical Acupuncture is a precise stimulation technique, in which an acupuncture needle is inserted into a traditional acupuncture point, and certain nerve fibres are stimulated, which results in a nerve impulse being sent to the spinal cord. In addition, the nerve impulse produced by the acupuncture needle is also transmitted to the periaqueductal gray area of the mid-brain,  to suppress the transmission of the pain impulse, as well as an anti-inflammatory effect.

Modern acupuncture needles are made out of stainless steel and come in various lengths and gauges of width. Medical acupuncture may also use a low frequency electrical stimulation to the needles.

Acupuncture is essentially painless. Although some people may experience a slight pinch as the needle is inserted, many feel nothing at all. Once inserted, the needles remain in place for approximately 20-30 minutes. Because modern acupuncture needles are disposable and used only once, there is no risk of transmitting infections from one person to another.

Acupuncture Benefits

Recent research has found acupuncture to have positive results in the treatment of chronic low back pain, knee osteoarthritis, and management of chronic pain conditions. Other musculoskeletal conditions commonly treated with medical acupuncture include tendinosis, rotator cuff injuries, muscle strains, joint sprains, headaches, migraines and repetitive strain injuries. Medical acupuncture helps to restore your bodys natural nerve and muscle tone, increases blood flow and provides pain relief for chronic conditions.


Low Intensity Laser Therapy

Laser Therapy is the use of monochromatic light emission from a low intensity laser diode (250 milliwatts or less) or an array of high intensity Super Luminous Diodes (providing total optical power in the 1000-2000 milliwatt range) to treat musculoskeletal injuries, chronic and degenerative conditions and to heal wounds. The light source is placed in contact with the skin allowing the photon energy to penetrate tissue, where is interacts with various intracellular biomolecules resulting in the restoration of normal cell function and enhancement of the body’s healing processes.

Effects of Laser Therapy

  • Production and release of beta-endorphins, morphine like substances produced by various cells in the body that inhibit the sensation of pain.
  • Cortisol production is increased, which enables the body to combat the stress associated with trauma or the disease process.
  • improved cellular metabolism.
  • The protein building block of tissue is substantially increased.
  • Neurotransmission is facilitated.
  • Increased cell replication.
  • Formation of new blood vessels.
  • Cytokines and other chemicals enhancing cellular communication are released.
  • Immune response is stimulated.
  • Lymphatic drainage is improved.
  • Histamine response is positively altered.
  • Production of growth hormone is increased.
  • Stimulation of the healing processes is accompanied by relief of symptoms.
The cumulative effect of transforming of light into biochemical energy requires sufficient stimulation in order to initiate response. Typically, 5 to 20 treatments varying from 30-60 minutes in duration are required. The end result of low intensity laser irradiation is the restoration of normal function of the cell unit. Treatment times can vary depending upon the protocols and pain severity, but in general actual laser exposure times are minimal with regularly scheduled treatments based upon the nature of the ailment.

Medical Applications of Low Intensity Laser Therapy

Many musculoskeletal problems are effectively treated with Low Intensity Laser Therapy. Some of these are:

Bulging and herniated discs
Calcifications – bone spurs
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Chondromalacia patella
Dermal ulcers
Discogenic and vertebrogenic radiculopathy
Facet syndrome
Fractures with associated soft tissue injuries
Ligament and tendon tears

Plantar fasciitis
Reflex sympathetic dystrophy
Repetitive stress injury
Rheumatoid arthritis
Rotator cuff tear
Wound healing



Please email or give us a call if you have any questions or would like to book an appointment.

Mulholland Massage & Laser Therapy is a wheelchair accessible facility.

Location and appointment availability times:

Office: 632 South Pelham Rd, Unit A, Welland, ON  L3C 3C8 (Google Map)

Phone: (905) 892-2874
Fax: (905) 892-2874



Mon.: 10:30am – 8:00pm
Tues.: 10:30am – 6:00pm
Wed.: 10:30am – 8:00pm
Thur.: 10:30am – 7:00pm
Fri.: Closed
Sat.: Closed