Delivers acute & chronic pain relief
Photobiomodulation is used successfully in the treatment of a range of painful conditions from the sudden (acute) onset following immediate injury to the treatment of persistent (chronic) pain often measured in years.
Reduces post exercise soreness
The benefits of Photobiomodulation Therapy for those taking part in sports are now well known and documented. Amongst others are: more intense and higher volume training, improved muscle strength, reduced post exercise soreness, decreased injury recovery time and a faster return to training.
Long term pain relief
The application of a continuous wave of red light/near-infrared slows down the transport of energy along the nerves thereby reducing pain, swelling (oedema), anxiety and muscle spasm.
These mechanisms of pain relief continue to be studied and are well supported by laboratory research. See the How It Works page and scroll down to the end to Research articles.
The longer term effects occur within days to weeks and are achieved by the modulation of the inflammatory response and the stimulation of tissue healing.
The Lancet, a weekly peer-reviewed general medical journal, published an article on the Efficacy of low-level laser therapy in the management of neck pain. (Read article)
Reduces visible effects of ageing
The skin is exposed to light more than any other organ and starts to show its age from about our late twenties, although for some lucky individuals the effects might not be visible until they are nearer thirty.
The first signs are often fine lines, then wrinkles, fine veins, ‘old age spots’ or altered pigmentation and saggy skin or loss of elasticity.
Red and near-infrared light encourages collagen production
Most of us are aware of the damaging effects of the sun’s rays (ultraviolet wavelengths), however there are beneficial components in the longer wavelengths of the visible and invisible spectra (red and near-infrared wavelengths) and they have regenerative effects with increased collagen production.
Collagen provides the structural framework of tissues as well as the extracellular matrix, that is the ‘glue’ between the cells. So what produces collagen? Fibroblasts do. Fibroblastic activity is enhanced by red light as well as improving the microcirculation through the skin.
Increase in tissue repair and healing
Light is absorbed or reflected by molecules in the skin cells with the resultant energy driving a number of systems including the production of cellular energy adenosine triphosphate (ATP).
The activation of these pathways allows increased tissue repair and healing. So Photobiomodulation has beneficial effects on diverse problems from wrinkles to hypertrophic (keloid) scars to burns and also inflammatory diseases such as acne and psoriasis.
Improves sleep patterns
Lack of sleep is rife amongst the population at large and is a factor in many accidents on the road and at work. Have you ever driven somewhere and you can’t remember how you arrived at the destination? Then you are undoubtedly sleep deprived.
Fatigue often results in poor memory, reduced sex drive, poor judgement and to top it off weight gain through alterations to hormone levels within the brain.
Improvements in sleep patterns
Irradiation of the whole body with red light/near-infrared has demonstrated significant improvements in sleep patterns, namely, the duration and quality of sleep and an increase in the frequency of dreams.