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.


Cold Laser Therapy

The term cold laser refers to the use of low-intensity or low levels of laser light. Laser therapy can reduce pain and inflammation and promotes wound healing. These lasers are used directly on or over the affected area. New research is being produced daily and the results are encouraging.  Cold laser threapy is certainly emerging as a valuable, safe and effective adjunct to non-surgical musculoskeletal care.

Cold lasers can also used for acupuncture, with laser beams to stimulate the body’s acupoints rather than needles.  This treatment regimen appeals to those who want acupuncture but who fear the pain of needles.  Despite claims to the contrary, scientific evidence does not appear to support claims that cold laser acupuncture is an effective method of helping people stop smoking. (For a truly excellent approach to smoking cessation, visit )

Well-controlled scientific studies are rapidly accumulating using low level laser devices for pain, wounds, injuries, and other conditions.  This method should not be confused with conventional laser surgery, which is used as a surgical treatment for some cancers. Such hot lasers may be used to shrink or destroy tumors on the skin or on the surfaces of internal organs and are sometimes used to remove colon polyps or tumors.  Cold laser therapy produces no or little warmth and has minimal side effects.

In our office, we are using cold laser therapy as a treatment for tendonitis, tendonosis, rotator cuff syndromes, frozen shoulder, pain relief from active fractures, neck pain, back pain, bursitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, cold sores, speeding open wound healing.  We are seeing excellent results with many of these conditions.  It appears that the sooner cold laser is applied following the injury, the better the chance for a good outcome.  Perhaps you have a condition for which you’d like to try cold laser therapy? 

Dr. Brett Kinsler uses cold laser therapy or low level laser therapy (LLLT) in his chiropractic practice in Rochester, NY.  Visit his website at

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