On January 19, 2002, a party celebrated the opening
of a new laserpuncture clinic for treating spinal cord injury (SCI) and
other disabilities. This facility is located at Chateau Gaillard,
Montlinard, France, about 120 miles south of Paris in the Loire River
Several Americans attended this inaugural event,
including Paralyzed Veterans of America members Daniel Ahr and me. While
at the Surface Warfare Officer School in Newport, R.I., Ahr sustained a
T12 spinal cord injury in motor-vehicle accident four months after his
1999 Naval Academy graduation.
Developed by Albert Bohbot, laserpuncture
therapy combines elements of acupuncture and laser treatment.
Integrating ancient Eastern healing concepts with modern technology,
laserpuncture uses a sophisticated electronic laser device developed by
engineers at one of France’s preeminent engineering schools ENSAM-
Cluny (Ecole Nationale Superieure d’arts st Metiers).
At the party, Ahr (shown standing with Albert
Bohbot) indicated how invaluable PVA’s supportive role had been after
his injury, especially the counsel of PVA’s National Service Officer
Dr Craig Bash. After reading my article on the therapy and being
referred to me by Bash for further discussion, Ahr traveled to France
for laserpuncture therapy. In addition to availing himself of this
innovative therapy, Ahr believed that this was a great opportunity to
practice his already fluent French while enjoying the beautiful
countryside and its renowned wine and culinary offerings.
Ahr noted, “In the last six months working with
Albert, I have seen both practical and psychological progress. Gaining
the ability to pedal a standard stationary bike and walk in braces has
increased my circulation and helped my legs to stay healthy and heal
quicker. On top of this physical benefit, such progress has increased my
confidence and fed my motivation to work harder.”
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