Our laser therapy for smoking cessation has been up to a 73% success rate, far above any other methods commonly used for quitting smoking. Commonly used nicotine replacement therapies such as the nicotine patch (13%), nicotine inhaler (17%), nicotine gum (18%) and nicotine nasal spray (24%) do not even compare (Nicotine Replacement Therapies in Smoking Cessation – A review of Evidence and Policy Issues: Canadian Council on Tobacco Control, 2000).
Our results are based on tacking our client’s success between 3 and 6 months after a course of treatment. During this period our treatments have been concluded and the client is a non-smoker all on their own. It allows for a small amount of recidivism (falling off the wagon) but eliminates most.
How Does Laser Therapy Work?
When a low-level laser is used to stimulate specific points on the body, the stimulation of these points on the skin and underlying muscles activates the nerve pathways that travel from the nerves to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the brain. These altered neurological reflexes then transmit messages to higher nervous centres (Laser Therapy – Clinical Practice & Scientific Background: Tuner & Hode, 2002).
Will Laser Therapy Work for Me?
Not all people react in the same way to laser therapy, and one person may not always react the same way after each treatment. As well, some pharmaceuticals can interfere with the laser therapy treatments and produce varied results. The vast majority of our clients do experience very positive results. Certain medical conditions may impact the effects of a treatment and sometimes additional treatments given a few days apart can help achieve optimal results. If optimal results are not achieved, Alberta Laser Therapy may (at our discretion) offer additional free treatments. We cannot offer a 100% guarantee that you will quit and stay quit since a lot depends on your will to quit. We will always work with you to the best of our abilities to help you achieve your goal of becoming a non smoker.
How Does Laser Therapy Work for Smoking Cessation?
A low-level laser is used to stimulate specific points on the ears, face and hands, which releases the body’s own natural endorphins, and has a calming effect on the central nervous system. This release of endorphins also replaces the physical dependency on nicotine and helps to alleviate the cravings, anxiety and other withdrawal symptoms associated with quitting smoking.
Each laser therapy treatment takes about half an hour and there is no discomfort during or after the treatment. Even after one treatment, the effects can last from 30 to 45 days. Laser therapy is also the only smoking cessation treatment that helps to suppress the appetite and reduces stress and anxiety associated with quitting smoking.
How many treatments will I need? The laser therapy for smoking cessation includes the initial treatment and one free follow-up within 90 days. Most people do not need more than the initial treatment and one follow-up to quit smoking successfully.
Is there anything I need to do to prepare for the laser therapy? Be prepared to “tough it out” until the treatment takes effect. The effects of the treatment are rarely felt instantly. It usually takes 6 to 12 hours before your nicotine cravings are curbed by the effects of Laser Therapy. It is EXTRELEY IMPORTANT that you DO NOT SMOKE after your treatment. If you cheat and have a smoke before the treatment takes effect, you may inhibit the overall effectiveness of the treatment.
Other things that you can do: clean your house and vehicle and throw out your ashtrays, lighters and cigarettes before your initial treatment. Set up an appointment to get your teeth cleaned and whitened. Carry bottled water with you at all times to help with the habit and to help flush the nicotine out of your body.
Can I use the patch/gum in conjunction with the laser therapy? We do not recommend the use of any nicotine products in conjunction with the laser therapy, as we are trying to help you get the nicotine out of your body as quickly as possible without the side-effects. If you feel the need to use something in conjunction with the laser therapy, there are herbal remedies available that include lobelia to help reduce the cravings and calm the nerves naturally.
Well how about vaporizers? Do not use the vaporizers that deliver nicotine. They are not legal in Canada and any nicotine you ingest while taking laser therapy will minimize the effects of the treatment. The whole point is to get you off of nicotine. The non-nicotine vaporizers are okay but it will almost certainly prolong your efforts to break your habit of smoking. Most people can break their smoking habit and smoking addiction in a month or two with Laser Therapy. However, if you keep going hand to mouth and inhaling a vaporizer, then you will likely drag that process on for many months and make it much more likely that you will “fall off the wagon”.
There is much debate over vaporizers and if they are health or not. It would be hard to believe that they are worse than cigarettes so use them if you absolutely have to. We recommend that you try really hard without vaping first.
What about weight gain? We include appetite suppressant points free of charge with the laser therapy. It is still important that you eat healthy, get regular exercise and drink lots of water.
Are there any side-effects? After 30 years of use, there are no known side-effects. Most people feel more relaxed, sleep better and are a lot less irritable and cranky after the laser therapy.
Is it painful? No, but some points can be sensitive due to physiological disturbances in the body. It is also completely non-invasive.
Will my benefit plan cover Laser Therapy? Some do. We do not do direct billing. You will have to submit your receipt to your benefit provider. Some plans have a specific allotment for quitting smoking. Laser Therapy will mainly fall under your wellness plan since a “laser therapist” is not a medical practitioner.
Is it guaranteed? It works well, however results may vary from person to person. It is also important that you want to quit smoking and are willing to do your part when you do hit a bump in the road. Part of smoking is addiction and part of smoking is mental or habit. There is no such thing as a treatment, pill or patch that will change your habits. It can take a few weeks to change your habits and some triggers may cause some annoying moments while you are learning to be a non-smoker. We do promise good results but there is no “miracle cure” when it comes to quitting smoking.
Is it safe? Yes. However, we will not treat anyone who is pregnant. We will not treat anyone who has cellulitis or any other bacterial infection of the skin. And we recommend that you talk with your physician before taking laser therapy if you are currently taking any cancer treatments.