PHOTOBIOMODULATION THERAPY (PBMT) or Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) is a painless, sterile, non-invasive, drug-free treatment used to treat a variety of pain syndromes, injuries, wounds, fractures and neurological conditions.
WE USE THOR PBMT SYSTEM IN OUR CLINIC
below a short list of some ailments we treat:
- acute or chronic tendinopathies
- sprains and strains
- neck, back and body pain
- neurological disorders
- post chemotherapy and radiotherapy mucositis
- dentine and toothache
- post-operative pain
- tissue healing
PBMT can be used any time a patient requests or needs a drug-less procedure for the control of pain, when conventional therapies have been ineffective, or when the acceleration of healing from injuries is desired.
PBMT directs bio stimulative light energy to the body’s cells. Cells convert light energy into chemical energy to promote natural healing and pain relief.
What is Photobiomodulation?
Photobiomodulation Therapy (PBMT) is the best technical term for Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT).
It is a light therapy using lasers or LEDs to improve tissue repair, reduce pain and inflammation wherever the beam is applied. Usually applied by a doctor, therapist or technician, treatments should be applied two or more times a week.
Photobiomodulation Therapy has been used for many years on sports injuries, arthritic joints, neuropathic pain syndromes, back and neck pain. Over 700 randomised clinical trials have been published on Photobiomodulation, half of which are on pain.
What is Cold or Low Level Laser Therapy?
Cold Laser Therapy is a colloquial term for Photobiomodulation or Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT). And as above, it is a light therapy using lasers or LEDs to improve tissue repair, reduce pain and inflammation wherever the beam is applied and Cold Laser has been used for many years on sports injuries, arthritic joints, neuropathic pain syndromes, back and neck pain with over 700 randomised clinical trials being published on Cold Laser, half of which are on pain.
Absorption of red light stimulates the mitochondria, the powerhouse of the cell, which then produces ATP – the signalling molecule that leads to tissue repair and healing – this is the body’s fuel source and is most important to the body’s wellbeing.
The enemy of the body’s wellbeing is oxidative stress! Why? because it produces too much nitric oxide that binds to our Cytochrome C Complex (CCO, a protein within the mitochondria) and HALTS ATP! – not a good move!
CCO is an important component of the electron transport chain which drives cellular metabolism. As mentioned above, Photobiomodulation (PBMT) light is absorbed, the CCO is stimulated which increases ATP production in turn facilitating energy transfer. The light also stimulates Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) which increases growth production and cell proliferation. The primary effect occurs when light is absorbed in CCO.
When cells become stressed whether due to disease, injury, or ageing, the mitochondria produces nitric oxide (NO). This competitively displaces oxygen from CCO reducing ATP and causing an over production of ROS leading to oxidative stress. In turn oxidative stress leads to inflammation and cell death via the gene transcription factor NF-Kb.
PBMT (Photobiomodulation / Low Level Laser Therapy / Cold Level Laser Therapy of the correct wavelength and density dissociates NO allowing oxygen back in and ATP is restored and oxidative stress is reduced. Once normal mitochondrial function is restored by PBMT cell metabolism improves and the patient gets better quickly.
Brain photobiomodulation (PBM) therapy using red to near-infrared (NIR) light is an innovative treatment for a wide range of neurological and psychological conditions. Red/NIR light is able to stimulate complex IV of the mitochondrial respiratory chain, CCO, and increase ATP synthesis. Moreover, light absorption by ion channels results in release of Ca2+ and leads to activation of transcription factors and gene expression. Brain PBM therapy enhances the metabolic capacity of neurons and stimulates anti-inflammatory, anti-apoptotic, and antioxidant responses, as well as neurogenesis and synaptogenesis. Its therapeutic role in disorders such as dementia and Parkinson’s disease, as well as to treat stroke, brain trauma, and depression has gained increasing interest.
Improves tissue repair, reduces pain and inflammation wherever the beam is applied. Treatments take only a few minutes and can be applied two or more times a week.
Significant reduction of inflammation equal to or better than NSAIDs within 2 hours, analgesic effects that last for 48 hours, healing time of chronic tendinopathies reduced by 70%.
HOW IT WORKS, let’s recap
When cells are stressed, nitric oxide (NO) inhibits oxygen consumption by mitochondrial cytochrome c oxidase. This reduces production of ATP and causes oxidative stress leading to increased inflammation and further reduced production of ATP. PBMT displaces NO from CCO thereby reducing inflammation and restoring ATP production, helping tissues heal more quickly.
We deliver PBMT with THOR, the number one supplier in the world of PBMT technology and training, who have over 3000 customers using this laser modality including Harvard Medical School, NASA researchers, US Navy, RAF, British Army, Royal Navy, NHS, BUPA, premier division football teams, British Lions Rugby, and many more research facilities and hospitals.
PHOTOBIOMODULATION OR NSAIDS
NSAIDs slow healing and often have side eﬀects whereas PBMT actually improves healing, as well as reducing inﬂammation and pain.
PBMT IS SAFER AND MORE EFFECTIVE
Over 400 LLLT clinical trials ( RCTs) and over 4,000 laboratory studies have been published. It has proven more eﬀective and safer than pharmaceutical anti-inﬂammatories across a range of musculoskeletal conditions. PBMT also improves healing and reduces muscle fatigue, muscle damage and DOMS.
“The use of low levels of visible or near infrared light for reducing pain, inﬂammation and edema, promoting healing of wounds, deeper tissues and nerves, and preventing cell death and tissue damage has been known for over forty years” Prof. Michael Hamblin, Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology
“I use laser immediately on acute injuries, it is a very useful adjunct to have at major sporting games, treating acute and chronic injuries alongside manual therapy for pain relief and reduction of inﬂammation.” Sarah Cooper BSc (Hons), physiotherapist to the British Olympic Athletic Team.
“I use laser where manipulation is contraindicated and where pain relief is required.” Julian M. Winer Bsc(Ost) DO
THOR laser – drug free pain relief and healing
Testimonials from www.thorlaser.com
“I have been using Thor Laser in my clinic with amazing results! Many people called me after a news segment aired wanting to know more about the Laser and how it can help with their chronic pain. Big thanks to THOR Laser Photomedicine for creating this piece of medical equipment which has bought a lot of relief to many of my patients that have been using it. Everyone wants a speedy recovery, to get better fast, but not every intervention can work this fast! I am glad to help them improve their Quality of life.”
“Fantastic treatment system. Every GP should have one. Cost effective for patient and doctor.”
Dr. Chris Millar MBBS
Ballarat Mind-Body Medicine
“I purchased a Thor Laser in January, it is a miracle device – I am getting great results.”
Dr. Albert Skocik, DC
Skocik Chiropractic PC
Harrisburg, PA, USA
I have been practicing dentistry since 1971 and using low level lasers since 1993 so to lose my lasers today, it would be so dramatic that I wouldn’t be able to practise without them.”
Dr. Gerry Ross, DDS
Dentist focuses on treating facial pain
“I have just treated a fractured clavicle for a concert violinist. After 2 treatments a week for just over 3 weeks, we had complete resolution, no pain and full range of shoulder movement in under 4 weeks. Also treated a fractured rib in a 60 year old, and after 4 treatments in 10 days, the patient was symptom free. I have been using a THOR Laser for over 15 years and it STILL never ceases to amaze me.”
The Osteopathic Practice, UK
“Nurses who treat wounds should have access to LLLT equipment. It would be a cost effective method of improving the quality of life of many patients.”
Prof. Mary Dyson, PhD FCSP(Hon) FAIUM(Hon) LHD(Hon)
Former Editor, Grays Anatomy
Head of Tissue Repair research Guys Hospital, UK