Cold Laser Treatment for Autism?

autism-19Dear Dr. Kinsler.

Can cold laser therapy help autism?

Y.G. Denver, CO

Are you kidding me?  Do I really need to write a post on this?  No.  There is not a scrap of evidence that application of cold laser therapy can improve autism.

Save your money, save your time and save your sanity.

Cold laser treatment is a really nice therapy that is showing some promise for musculoskeletal problems.  Neurological issues, not so much.

I am sick and tired of seeing people rip off desperate patients in the name of healthcare…and especially in the name of chiropractic.  Cut it out!

We have plenty of treatments that work and lots of people with spinal problems that require our help.  We don’t need to make up treatments for illnesses that we cannot help and water down our profession even further.


Dr. Brett Kinsler is a chiropractor in Rochester, NY who will not treat people for autism using chiropractic, cold laser or by flinging marshmallows at them since none of these things will actually work to improve autism.


  1. frogger11758 said,

    December 18, 2008 at 3:16 pm

    Hear, hear. Thumbs up.

  2. Dr. Snell said,

    December 18, 2008 at 5:01 pm

    Kudos Dr. Kinsler! As a fellow DC, struggling daily to deprogram patients from the crap shoved at them by self-serving members of our profession, I say hear hear. We have an obligation to address the public health issue of 80% lifetime prevalence low back pain and 30% point prevalence of same with the well equipped tool box we receive with training. Keep up the good work!

    Phillip Snell, DC
    Portland, OR

  3. Marina said,

    March 20, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    As the parent of an autistic young adult, i can understand how desperate a parent can become but to use LLLT! I was thrilled to read your response. extremely appropo and shame on those in any of the healing arts that say they can “fix” this affliction using anything. well done!

  4. March 20, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    Thanks for your positive comments. I wish you the best with your autistic child — I’m sure it can be tough going at times.

  5. mike said,

    January 1, 2011 at 10:39 am

    your doublebindnes.. has misinformed you… not miss the opportunity to improve you chidl,s life by listening to narrowminded rant like this…low laser light therapy will work for the skilled autism doc

  6. January 1, 2011 at 11:17 am

    Proof, please.

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