Frequently Asked Questions
Why Stop Centres?
First, we are the experts and leader in the field. With over 18 years of experience and exclusive in-house research program, we have developed unique and effective treatment protocols to meet your needs. Please view the many testimonials our happy clients have sent us over the years.
Second, we are recognized and have been serving large entities for years. We are the exclusive service supplier of the Policemen’s COOP of Montreal, and the City of Montreal as well as the provincial Government employees, and a large number of public and private companies.
Third, our professionals are accredited and group health insurance receipts are issued for your treatments.
BEWARE: there are scammers in the market trying to imitate what we do: they go from imitating our name, trademarks, to copying the appearance of our old websites and its contents. Be aware of who they are and make an informed and wise choice.
What is a laser?
The word LASER is an acronym from Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation. A laser is a source of light that emits extremely pure light. Pure light means light that only has a single wavelength, not an entire spectrum. The light from a laser is very tidy and well organized. In specialized terminology, laser light is described as coherent.
What are medical lasers?
The lasers used in treatments can be divided into two main groups:
- Strong lasers, which can be used for cutting, coagulating or burning away tissue. These lasers are often called surgical lasers.
- Weak lasers, which can be used for stimulating cell functions. These are often called bio stimulating lasers or low-level lasers or soft lasers.
What is Auriculotherapy?
Auriculotherapy is the stimulation of the auricle of the external ear for the diagnosis and treatment of health conditions in other parts of the body. The basic concept in auriculotherapy is that nerves in the skin overlying specific areas of the external ear correspond to specific parts of the brain which has reflex connections to the body. Therefore, the auricle is regarded as a micro-system of the whole body. Because every part of the external ear connects through the micro-system remote reflexes to every part of the body, a wide variety of health problems are relieved by auriculotherapy. Almost all health conditions can be affected to some degree by stimulating reactive ear points. The most effective treatment pathway is through the neuroendocrine reflexes. Therefore, the most commonly reported uses of auriculotherapy have been for detoxification from addictive drugs, psycho-emotional disorders due to neurotransmitters imbalance of the brain (such as anxiety, depression, insomnia, stress), control of appetite, loss of weight, and control of chronic pain.
What is Soft Laser Auriculotherapy?
Auriculotherapy can be applied by needle (the traditional method as in acupuncture), manual pressure (referred to as auricular acupressure or ear reflexology), or modern technology such as a soft laser, electrical stimulation, magnets, ear pellets. The most effective method is soft laser stimulation. The soft laser generates a certain wavelength that effectively penetrates the skin surface and stimulates the nerve ends in the acupoints without pain and trauma to the skin, and the stimulation is proven to be more effective than other methods.
The history of Auriculotherapy
The earliest written records of ear acupuncture date back to the Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine, a compilation of acupuncture procedures that were in practice in 500 BC in China. Within this extensive text that covers a variety of acupuncture treatments, there is mention of specific acupuncture points on the external ear for the relief of certain medical disorders. In the West, the earliest references to ear treatments were referred to in medical records from ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, and ancient Persia.
Modern auriculotherapy is based on more recent discoveries that occurred in France in the 1950’s. The current practice of auricular acupuncture shows a more complete organization of ear reflex points that can be used to relieve many health problems. Nowadays, auriculotherapy has been utilized by clinical practitioners in other parts of Europe, in Asia, and in North and South America.
Why it is done on the ear?
The nerves in the skin overlying specific areas of the external ear correspond to specific parts of the brain which has reflex connections to the body. Therefore, the auricle is regarded as a micro-system of the whole body. Almost all health conditions can be affected to some degree by stimulating reactive ear points. The most effective treatment pathway is through the neuroendocrine reflexes.
Substance dependence and psycho-emotional disorders are due to the imbalance of the neurotransmitters’ level of the brain. To get rid of substance dependency or to alleviate psycho-emotional disorders, we need to adjust the neurotransmitter levels and bring them back to balance. Stimulating reactive ear acupoints is the most effective and natural approach (compared to chemical drugs, such as antidepressants) to reach this goal.
Does it hurt?
No, not at all, in fact, it is usually quite pleasant. Laser treatment is relaxing and some people even fall asleep.
Are there any risks?
Therapeutic lasers, used by trained staff, are not dangerous.