Laser therapy and laser-assisted acupuncture

LASER = Light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation

Laser therapy and laser-assisted acupuncture

Laser therapy can have a beneficial effect on:

  • Shoulder pain, also in the acromioclavicular joint
  • elbow: tennis elbow ("mouse elbow"), golfer's elbow
  • Hand: wrist instability, thumb saddle joint arthrosis [rhizarthrosis], finger middle joint arthrosis [Bouchard arthrosis], finger end joint arthrosis [Heberden arthrosis]
  • knee pain due to tendon overstimulation, irritation condition after meniscus injury and osteoarthritis
  • Chronic ankle joint complaints, especially after ligament injury
  • Achilles tendon irritation [Achillodynia]
  • Pain in the metatarsophalangeal joint of the big toe [hallux rigidus].
  • MTSS [Schienbeinschienen]
  • Wundheilungsstörung


The laser [Light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation] are eectromagnetic waves of high intensity and narrow frequency range. Only above a certain luminance (number of photons per irradiated area) the biological processes in the cells necessary for therapy are stimulated. Using a special HPD [High Power Density] technology, this tissue-stimulating luminance can be achieved without causing thermal effects in the tissue.


For laser therapy, up to 10 small laser channels with class 3B laser (6 red and 4 infrared channels are available) are applied directly to the area to be treated or to the acupuncture points with the help of a skin-friendly patch. Thus, acupuncture treatment of children is also possible without fear. One treatment usually lasts 20 minutes.
Improvement usually occurs after 4-6 sessions, in the treatment of swelling and edema already after 2-4 sessions and in chronic diseases rather after 8-10 treatments and longer.


The red and infrared laser light achieves an

  • excitation of the enzyme cytochrome c oxidase within the mitochondria of the cells, thus increasing ATP production
  • Increase of oxygen saturation in the blood
  • Increase of microcirculation
  • Growth and proliferation of osteoblasts, chondrocytes, fibroblasts, and mast cells (among others, the cells that build bone, cartilage, and fibrin tissue)

The red and infrared laser light differ in the depth of penetration into the tissue.



Please ask your attending physician about the costs.

Laser therapy is not a benefit of the statutory health insurance, not of all health insurances or professional accident insurances. In individual cases, the costs may be covered by the health insurances/insurances. However, these costs are often tax deductible. 

For self-payers and privately insured persons, we bill according to the scale of charges for physicians (GOÄ).

Studies on laser therapy and laser-assisted acupuncture

Alfredo PP, Bjordal JM, Dreyer SH, et al.
Efficacy of low level laser therapy associated with exercises in knee osteoarthritis: a randomized double-blind study
Clin Rehabil 2012; 26: 523-533

Gur A, Cosut A, Sarac AJ, Cevik R, Nas K, Uyar A
Efficacy of different therapy regimes of low-power laser in painful osteoarthritis of the knee: A double-blind and randomized-controlled trial
Lasers in Surgery and Medicine 2003; 33: 330-338

Passarella S, Ostuni A, Atlante A, Quagliariello E
Increase in the adp/atp exchange in rat liver mitochondria irradiated in vitro by helium-neon laser
Biochem Biophys Res Commun 1988; 156: 978-986