Frequently Asked Questions
What is laser therapy?
It's simply pressure point therapy, like acupuncture. It's a holistic approach to heal the body. A low level light pulse is directed at points on the face, ears and hands.
Just how does the laser work?
Low-level laser therapy operates on principles similar to the 5,000 year old ancient Asian healing art of Acupuncture. Acupuncture is known to reduce tension, increase circulation, and enable the body to relax more deeply. Laser Therapy treatment is a noninvasive method used to balance the energy flow between meridians. Laser therapy is considered a non-medical procedure. Treatment with low-level laser helps to promote the release of endorphins in the body. Endorphins are natural chemicals in your body that signal your system to decrease stress and increase energy. Omega uses a low powered (soft) laser to treat nicotine addiction. The laser is no more powerful than a 60-watt light bulb. Energy points related to addiction are identified and treated with a combination of a helium neon laser and electrobiostimulation. The entire procedure is external, non-invasive, and non-thermal. Laser Therapy is painless. During the laser treatment energy points on your hands, face, and ears are treated. If a client feels the sensation from the low-level laser, they may feel a warm, pulsating and sometimes-tingling feeling. Some clients may only feel a calming sensation from the laser. The low-level laser acts as a tool to assist the client through the initial physical withdrawals from nicotine. The first 72 hours of quitting is considered to be the crucialdetoxification period. The laser mimics a similar endorphin release for a period of 3-5 days following treatment, which aids in alleviating stress associated with giving up nicotine. The treatment has been used for over three decades in Europe and Canada.
Do you have more information on how laser therapy works?
The low power laser stimulates afferent terminations of the pain transmitting A-delta fibers in the Central Nervous System. Stimulation at specific acupuncture points causes the anterior pituitary of the brain to produce endorphins through the breakdown of a large molecular complex known as ACTH/Blipotronphin. This molecule is broken down to produce B-endorphin and other opiates known as Enkephalins. This increased production of endorphins provides analgesic effects to combat withdrawal by binding at receptor sites of inflammation, nerve fibers and their receptive field, and throughout the autonomic and immune systems. Endorphins also exerts a powerful influence in the Central Nervous System on the Nucleus Raphe Magnus which in turn activate the descending control system resulting in inhibition of the dorsal horns and modulation of pain.
How do you feel once you are treated?
The treatment is very relaxing with no negative side effects.
Where do you place the laser?
The laser is placed on various meridian and auricular points on the body around the ears, nose, hands, and wrists.
Is it safe?
Low power laser light is completely safe. It is a bio-stimulation laser not a surgical laser. We are using the latest technology without needles, so it is totally painless. Your procedure will be given by a certified Laser Technician, specifically trained in low power Laser Therapy.
Is it guaranteed?
Unfortunately, because of the complexities of the psychological side of the addiction, no one can force you to stop smoking but we can help you eliminate the withdrawal and physical cravings with the use of the Omega Laser Smoking Cessation treatment, allowing you to become a non-smoker in the easiest possible way. Our technician will give you special training to help eliminate your emotional desire to smoke and some nutritional guidelines to help your body to detoxify itself very quickly. As long as you want to quit we can make it easy for you.
How long will it take?
30 minutes. There is usually only one treatment required, however if you experience an unmanageable desire to smoke, a laser enhancement treatment is available.
Do you offer a discount to groups?
If you organize a group of 4 people or more and you are able to visit one of our clinics, we offer a 10% discount to each client. That is a savings of over $30 per person. We also offer a free treatment to anyone who organizes a group of 8 or more for smoking cessation.
How long does the feeling of not needing a cigarette last after the treatment?
For most people, the physical cravings are gone for good. You will still have the mental habits to break, but we give you some great tips on how to break those habits as well.
If I have a medical condition, can I still be treated?
If you are pregnant, or currently being treated for cancer, have a pacemaker, or have had a seizure within the last six months or have epilepsy, we regret that we are not able to treat you at this time. Not treating these particular clients is a precautionary measure. Omega Laser Therapy does not diagnose or treat illness or prescribe medication. Laser therapy is not intended to replace medical care. We recommend that you consult your physician for a professional diagnosis of your health.
Is the treatment performed by a doctor?
No, it is performed by a laser technician.
I have never heard of this treatment, who else does this?
This treatment has been available in Europe and Canada for over 40 years. We are the first to offer a mobile unit for laser therapeutics in Canada.
How much does the smoking cessation laser program cost?
The total cost of our treatment is $300 plus tax. This includes counselling, laser treatment, our vitamin program plus back up support. We do offer two additional treatments within one year but rarely is a second treatment necessary.
I'm concerned about gaining weight once I quit smoking cigarettes, can you do anything to help?
When you quit smoking your metabolism slows back down to normal. Due to the slower metabolic rate many people due gain extra weight. If weight gain concerns you we can add on "Weight Management Points". We will target an extra set of acupuncture points which will boost your metabolism as well as help to suppress your appetite. There is an extra charge of $100 plus tax for these extra "Weight Management Points".
How far in advance do I have to schedule my appointment?
It depends on the location, so please call for scheduling information.
Where about are you located?
We have locations throughout Ontario and Quebec. Click HERE for a list of our current locations.
Do you offer a mobile service?
We offer a mobile service to groups of 8 or more people to the following cities: *Montreal, *Cornwall, *Ottawa, *Ottawa Valley, *Hull, *Belleville, *Trenton, *Peterborough, *Lindsay, *Oshawa, *Toronto, *Bolton, *Missisauga, *Brampton, *Niagara Falls, *Barrie, *Owen Sound, *Orangeville, *Mount Forest, *Guelph, and many more cities so please call us and ask. *Discounts do not apply to mobile visits.