It is light therapy using lasers or LEDs to improve tissue repair, reduce pain and inflammation wherever the beam is applied.
Photobiomodulation has been used for many years on sports injuries, arthritic joints, neuropathic pain syndromes, back, and neck pain.
Usually applied by a doctor, therapist, or technician, treatments take about 10 minutes and should be applied two or more times a week.
Over 700 randomized clinical trials have been published on Photobiomodulation, half of which are on pain. There is substantial clinical evidence published in peer-reviewed medical journals showing laser therapy (LLLT)/Photobiomodulation Therapy can stimulate repair of tissue, reduce inflammation, and relieve pain in musculoskeletal disorders.
Lasers and LED’s produce intense beams of light at specific wavelengths. When the right wavelength at the right intensity is used at the correct anatomical location for the right amount of time, you can stimulate repair, resolve inflammation, and reduce pain.
The primary mechanisms by which Photobiomodulation works is based on the effect of light on Cytochrome-C Oxidase and consequently, the unbinding of nitric oxide and release of ATP, leading to improved cellular function.
In the lab, scientists found anti-inflammatory effects by measuring a reduction in inflammatory cytokines such as PGE2, TNF Alpha and IL-6 in the synovia surrounding damaged tendons and for analgesia, high-intensity lasers over nerve supply can inhibit fast axonal flow.
At Indy Vital, we have two light therapy devices. The first is called NovoTHOR; a whole-body light therapy device that uses red and near-infrared light to treat injuries, reduce pain, relax muscles/joints, and increase blood circulation. The second is called THOR Laser Max, a focal laser device that uses several kinds of hand-held probes to treat a more localized area.
THOR has over 3,000 customers in pioneering clinics and hospitals in more than 70 countries and is the only company with FDA, CE, TGA, Health Canada, and NATO clearance. Since 1993 THOR has built an unprecedented and unparalleled Research and Development pedigree with many of the world’s leading Universities. Around the world, these animal and human healthcare professionals have published over 700 randomized Controlled Trials using LED and 3b Laser devices and over 4,000 publications altogether.
No, Photobiomodulation is painless. There is no pain or discomfort while receiving the treatment. After the treatment is completed, there should be a significant improvement in pain and inflammation where laser therapy was applied.
No, adverse side effects have not been reported with the use of PBM
Light therapy works predominately on a protein in mitochondria (cytochrome c oxidase) to increase ATP and reduce oxidative stress. A cascade of mitochondrial and intracellular downstream effects lead to improved tissue repair and reduced inflammation.
Photobiomodulation is also known as Cold Laser or Low-Level Laser Therapy and uses light therapy by applying lights to improve tissue repair, reduce pain and inflammation at different sites of the body.
Yes, the benefits of using light therapy are extensively described in the medical literature and have been tested and approved by the most prestigious universities in the United States and abroad.
Yes, Thor customers include the British and the US military services, the Premier Division of soccer teams in England, the US Olympic Team, race drivers from Formula-1 and currently is mostly available only at athletic clubs and in the division of sports medicine in several Ivy League Universities in the US.