Controlled studies of acupuncture in pediatric patients have shown its usefulness in managing nausea after surgical removal of tonsils and adenoids and following eye surgery to correct strabismus. It has also been shown to help reduce chronic headache pain in children. Just how acupuncture works is not well understood, but it may stimulate the release of neurotransmitters such as endorphins and serotonin or otherwise inhibit pain transmission. Traditionally, acupuncture involves inserting very thin needles into the body, but there are a number of non-invasive acupuncture strategies that are also effective, including laser, cutaneous electostimulation or acupressure.
Laser acupuncture is a good option for young children and the needlephobic. It uses infrared light from a device to deliver an imperceptible dose of thermal energy to the acupuncture point. Research has shown laser acupuncture to be as effective as needles.
Effective acupuncture is tailored to an individual’s personality traits, so Jayne typically spends time with patients and parent during treatments to understand health and lifestyle. Jayne plays and lets the little ones needle her or mom, and with teens talks to them about their issues.