Laser Therapy For Stress: An Effective and Safe Strategy

Finding balance and calmness in an increasingly complicated world is more difficult then it ever has been. The glorification of being constantly busy never seems to end. That’s where Lazer Dave and Ottawa Laser Therapy Solutions comes in.


What Is Laser Therapy To Quit Stress & Anxiety?

Laser therapy to quit stress is a painless and safe technique for reducing the symptoms associated with stress.

Gentle laser light is applied by Lazer Dave using sophisticated European Laser Technolgoy to energy points on the face, ears, hands, and feet. The goal is to naturally boost endorphins and help reduce the symptoms related to stress.

Laser therapy is also known as low level laser therapy (LLLT), cold laser therapy, laser acupuncture and photobiomodulation (PBM) therapy.


Meet Lazer Dave — Ottawa’s Laser Therapy Expert

As a Certified Laser Therapist, Dave Hanemaayer (a.k.a. “Lazer Dave) has 15+ years of clinical experience and a high success rates using laser to help people cope and reduce the symptoms associated with elevated levels of stress.

Dave offers his in-clinic services from 3 Physiocare Physiotherapy locations in Ottawa including Westboro, Nepean and Kanata.




Benefits Of Laser Therapy To Quit Stress


  • REDUCES STRESS SYMPTOMS. The goal of laser therapy is to improve moods, reduce feelings of anxiety, mild depression and other negative physical factors affected by a person’s stress levels.
  • PAINLESS. Though Dave’s treatment approach is similar to acupuncture — no needles are used to pierce the skin or tissues. Only gentle, low-intensity laser is applied over energy points. As such, children and those who are needle phobic can be rest assured that laser therapy is comfortable and relaxing.
  • NON-INVASIVE. Laser therapy is a non-invasive treatment option, making it a safe and comfortable choice for those looking to quit smoking.
  • HIGH SUCCESS RATE. Dave utilizes the LAZER DAVE ADVANTAGE approach which has a high success rate in helping people reduce the symptoms of stress. Dave has 15+ years of clinical experience using laser therapy in his practice and completed 1,000s of treatments with successful outcomes for withdrawal, stress and pain.
  • INSTANT RESULTS AFTER FIRST TREATMENT. Many people report significant relief from their stress symptoms after just one treatment.
  • LITTLE TO NO SIDE EFFECTS. Laser therapy to quit smoking has little to no side effects, making it a safe and effective option for those looking to quit smoking.
  • INCREASED MOTIVATION FOR CHANGE. Because moods often improve for those suffering from stress — many people report that they have more motivation to make other positive lifestyle changes like eating healthier, exercising more and socializing.
  • SLEEP BETTER. Many of Dave’s clients report better quality sleep after treatments utilizing laser for stress.


How Does Laser Therapy Help Me With Stress & Anxiety?

Low intensity laser is applied to specific energy points (acupuncture points) on the ears (auricular therapy), head, neck, hands, and feet in order to stimulate the release of neurotransmitters such as dopamine, serotonin, and endorphins. In addition laser helps to reduce your body’s production of cortisol and adrenaline (the main stress hormones). This often reduces the intensity of symptoms related to stress and anxiety.

The end goal is to promote calmness, homeostasis and a balanced flight or flight response in your system.

For more details on how laser therapy works for pain, inflammation and healing — please proceed to the Laser Therapy Explained page.




Lazer Dave’s Prep Guide

Initial laser therapy treatment

One follow-up treatment within 2 weeks



How The Ottawa Laser Solutions Quit Stress Program Works

Add laser therapy and a few simple suggestions to promote:

  • Calmness and a balanced physiological state of relaxation
  • Reduced fatigue and more energy
  • Improved moods
  • Better quality sleep

Many people report that Dave’s laser treatments also promote increased motivation to make positive lifestyle changes such as becoming more active, getting outside, eating a healthier diet, and socializing more with family/friends. These changes can dramatically help you manage your stress symptoms.

Note: laser therapy is intended to be an adjunct and not a replacement for your doctor’s advice. As such, you should always consult with your doctor regarding any health concerns and changes in medications related to your physical, mental and emotional well-being. 



About Stress

Stress can be divided into two categories, healthy and unhealthy. Healthy stress can be identified as stress that increases the body’s ability to perform well under short or medium term pressure. Examples of healthy stress include reacting quickly in dangerous situations, working towards a deadline, heightened awareness when driving, playing sports, taking a test or exam and speaking public.

Unhealthy stress is prolonged in nature. Some symptoms of unhealthy stress:

  • Muscle tension, headaches, neck and back pain.
  • Digestive issues such as diarrhea, indigestion, IBS, etc.
  • Fatigue
  • Heart palpitations, shortness of breath
  • Increased or decreased blood pressure, dizziness
  • Sugar cravings, weight gain
  • Decreased immune system, frequent colds or illness
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Sleep challenges
  • Anger, Indifference or apathy
  • Irritability, moodiness, excessive crying


 Stress Hormones — Cortisol and Adrenaline

One common theme with the above concerns is that stress raises your levels of cortisol and adrenaline.

These stress hormones promote what is called the “flight or fight” response in your body. This state causes an increased heart rate, respiration, and high blood pressure. These increases make bodily organs work harder. Over prolonged periods, unhealthy stress can exhaust your adrenal glands, suppresses your immune system and more.

Reducing unhealthy stress is critical to not only managing anxiety, depression, PTSD, TBI but also combating conditions as heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, and inflammation (i.e. arthritis). There are thousands of research articles on the connection between chronic stress and disease. It is estimated that 70-80% of all visits to physicians are for stress related illnesses.

Most people know that the best way to manage stress is to live an active and healthy lifestyle. Eating a well balanced diet, getting enough sleep and regular exercise are some of the main ways to do this.

However, many find starting or maintaining a regime of healthy stress coping behaviours difficult even with the help of their doctor, medication and/or professional counselling. Moreover, many people have adopted negative stress coping behaviours to deal with their stress levels (smoking, drinking, over-eating, etc.) that they may find difficult to quit.

This is where Lazer Dave can help. Many people report Lazer Dave’s treatments helpful in managing stress, quitting bad habits like smoking, treating pain, reducing inflammation and more.

Note: laser therapy is intended to be an adjunct and not a replacement for your doctor’s advice. As such, you should always consult with your doctor regarding any changes in medications and concerns related to your physical, mental and emotional well-being. 


Dave’s Approach To Helping You Manage Stress Using Laser Therapy…

Dave subscribes to a 2 step approach in helping people manage stress and anxiety using laser therapy:


STEP ONE – Lazer Dave’s Prep Guide

After making your first appointment — you will be emailed Lazer Dave’s Prep Guide.

This guide outlines Key Habit Change suggestions and supplements that when combined with laser therapy increase the chances reducing stress symptoms.


STEP TWO  – Laser Therapy Treatment

Use laser therapy to treat various energy points on the face, ears, hands and feet to break the physiological symptoms related to stress.

Dave uses sophisticated laser therapy equipment from Germany in his treatments.


What Happens Before My First Laser Treatment To Quit Stress & Anxiety?

You will be asked to complete an online health history form and be emailed “Lazer Dave’s Prep Guide For Laser Therapy”.  This guide contains important information and behaviour change suggestions that will maximize the chances of you experiencing positive and lasting results for managing symptoms associated with stress.


What To Expect On Your First Laser Treatment To Quit Stress & Anxiety…

When you come for your first laser treatment, you will get comfortable by lying down on a comfortable treatment table while listening to relaxing music.

Dave will explain the procedure to you and ask you to wear protective eyewear. Dave will use various laser light devices to treat “energy” points on the face, ears, neck, arms, wrist, hands, lower legs and feet.


What to Expect After Your First Laser Therapy Treatment To Quit Stress & Anxiety

While many find positive outcomes with 2-3 treatments, some may require additional “booster” treatments for longer term success and results. There is no guarantee of results.




Scientific Evidence & Articles For Using Laser To Help Stress, Depression, TBI and More:

Despite what some doctor’s or skeptics might say about laser therapy, there is scientific evidence that supports the efficacy of stimulating energy points (acupuncture points) to help treat symptoms associated with stress and related concerns:

PTSD, TBI, Depression:




Is Laser Therapy Safe? Are Their Side Effects?

Laser therapy is very safe as it is non-toxic and non-invasive. Most are surprised at how quickly they start to feel the results of laser and the positive outcomes for managing symptoms related to stress.


Is Laser Therapy Painful?

No. Only gentle laser light is utilized in your treatments. Most patients describe the treatment as extremely relaxing and pleasant. Some people feel no sensations, while others feel light pressure, tingling or a relaxing “heaviness” in their arms and legs.


How Many Laser Treatments Will I Need?

While many find positive outcomes with 2 treatments, some may require additional “booster” treatments for longer term success and results. There is no guarantee of results.


How Much Do Treatments Cost?

The Ottawa Quit Stress & Anxiety Symptoms Laser Program costs $350 (+ HST). This entitles clients to 2 treatments (second treatment useable within 2 weeks of the initial appointment). Subsequent “booster” treatments (if required) are $85 (+ HST).

Please note: a $50 deposit is required towards the total cost of the program. You will be asked to make this deposit during registration for the program. The deposit policy is 100% NON-NEGOTIABLE.


How Long Are Treatments?

Individual treatment duration is typically 45 minutes for the first time, 30-45 minutes for subsequent treatments.




How Does Dave Or Physiocare Bill For This Service?

Your receipt will display “Laser Quit Stress Program”, performed by “Dave Hanemaayer, Certified Laser Therapist”.


Can I Consult With Dave?

Lazer Dave asks that you please read over this page as most frequently asked questions (FAQ) are answered here.

If you still wish to do a consult with Dave – no problem! Feel free to Call/text him at 613-854-6969 or email at


About Lazer Dave

Want to know a little more about Lazer Dave and his story?

Check out the “About Lazer Dave” page.





contact one these locations:


1. Nepean PHYSIOCARE (Tuesdays)

289 Greenbank Rd.

Call 613-714-9495 Text 613-702-2668


Physiocare Website NEPEAN


2. Westboro PHYSIOCARE (Wednesdays)

1399 Wellington St.

Call 613-722-3769 Text 613-703-8812


Physiocare Website WESTBORO


3. Kanata PHYSIOCARE (Thurs, Fri, Sat)

5035 Innovation Dr.

Call 613-254-5639 Text (613) 482-4167


Physiocare Website KANATA


Serving the laser therapy quit stress needs of the greater Ottawa area including Kanata, Nepean, Westboro, Gatineau, Gleeb, Barrhaven, Manotick, Stittsville, Arnprior, Whitelake, Pakenham, Mississippi Mills, Carleton Place, Goulbourn, Carp, Dunrobin, Perth, Smiths Falls, Kingston and surrounding areas.


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