What is Photobiomodulation?

Photobiomodulation, or PBM, is a form of laser therapy that utilizes non-ionizing light sources such as lasers and LEDs in the visible and near-infrared spectrum. Light wavelengths determine whether the light is visible or not (for example, red light can be seen with the naked eye while infrared light cannot). Each of these wavelengths causes different effects in the body.

What is photobiomodulation therapy used for?

The scientific research behind Photobiomodulation supports that if your brain’s mitochondria absorb the energy of certain light frequencies, it will stimulate key cellular responses to help reduce pain and inflammation and promote healing. When NIR energy from a Vielight Neuro is delivered to brain mitochondria, it activates a receptive enzyme called cytochrome c oxidase, which triggers a chain reaction to produce more ATP and increases cellular energy in that area. These cellular changes will then affect the surrounding tissues, triggering a series of autocrine, paracrine and endocrine effects that can reduce pain, improve circulation and speed up tissue repair.

In addition, the cellular effects can also reach areas of the body that have not directly absorbed the NIR energy. This is because cells in blood and lymph can travel significant distances and affect distant tissue.

NIR based LED therapy has been shown to be extremely beneficial for the whole body and has a variety of applications in health care. Some of the most common include reducing chronic pain, improving circulation, decreasing inflammation and increasing energy production in our cells. Patients who undergo a series of LED therapy sessions typically see improvement in their symptoms within the first few treatments.

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