What is Photobiomodulation Therapy?
Photobiomodulation (PBM) Therapy is the application of Red and Near InfraRed light to tissue that is injured, sick, degenerating or aging. The absorption of this light and has been clinically proven to:
Increase energy production
Reduce oxidative stress
Trigger cell specific repair processes.
These cellular mechanisms result in:
Improved muscle performance
Increased exercise times and capacity
Improved joint motion
Enhanced wound healing
A release of certain brain compounds that positively affect mood and sleep
Improved immune function
Faster and better quality tissue repair and much more. Photobiomodulation is safe, relaxing, and has no known negative side effects.
What’s the difference between the Theralight 360 and far-infrared saunas?
Red light therapy, also known clinically as “photobiomodulation,” is very different than far-infrared saunas. Saunas use invisible far infrared waves to penetrate the body to activate sweat glands using heat. These waves are extremely warming, unlike Photobiomodulation. Far-infrared applications (such as a sauna) vibrate the water molecules in your body. This vibration weakens the ion bonds until the water breaks down into encapsulated gasses and toxic materials to be excreted. This assists the body’s ability to detoxify.
Red light therapy uses RED and near-infrared light (600-1,100nm). In typical “light bed” applications, these light wavelengths are non-thermal (little to no heat). Applied properly with the correct wavelengths, light specifically targets cells. Stressed cells deprived of oxygen are competing with free radicals to utilize oxygen to produce energy known as ATP (adenosine triphosphate). Light (or photons), hit the cell and are absorbed. This absorption disassociates the free radical (Mitochondrial nitric oxide – mNo) from the cell to allow oxygen to take its rightful place and resume optimal energy production (ATP) in the Electron Transport Chain.
Far-Infrared Saunas: use FAR-Infrared HEAT to stimulate sweat glands for detox. Saunas are extremely warm/hot.
Red Light Therapy: uses NEAR-infrared cold LIGHT to reverse oxidative stress, reduce pain, inflammation and improve cellular energy production.
How does PBM Therapy work?
The effects are photochemical, just like photosynthesis in plants. When the correct parameters are used, light reduces oxidative stress and increases cellular energy (ATP). This in turn improves cell metabolism and reduces inflammation. PBM Therapy appears too good to be true as it has many applications, but really it does just one thing and it does it very well. It reduces oxidative stress. Oxidative stress is essentially an imbalance between the production of free radicals and the ability of the body to counteract or detoxify their harmful effects through neutralization by antioxidants, is critical in helping the body recover. Oxidative stress is accepted as the underlying trigger for most diseases and degenerative conditions. It is also a component in the inflammatory phase of acute and chronic injuries. Extensive research during the last two decades has revealed oxidative stress can lead to chronic inflammation, which in turn contributes to chronic diseases including cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, neurological disorders and pulmonary diseases.
What can PBM Therapy work for?
Photobiomodulation therapy has been effectively used as a non- medical intervention for reducing recovery time resulting in athletes:
• Running faster and longer with less fatigue
• Lifting heavier weights
• Achieving higher benchmarks sooner
• Recovering more quickly from injuries
As a non-medical intervention for musculoskeletal conditions such as:
• Muscle soreness
• Joint pain and stiffness
As a non-medical intervention for inflammatory conditions such as:
• Chronic fatigue
• Rheumatoid arthritis
• Psoriatic arthritis
As a non-medical intervention for other painful conditions such as:
• Poor circulation
As a non-medical intervention for accelerating visceral fat loss
Many therapies only address symptoms, without addressing the source. PBMT works at the cellular level, stimulating repair and normalizing cell function.
Unlike drugs and surgery, PBM Therapy safely and effectively
• Promotes cell regeneration
• Reduces inflammation and pain
• is non-toxic
• is non-invasive
• has no side effects
What will I feel?
PBM Therapy does not heat tissue, it does however increase circulation so a warming sensation is often experienced. Reported subjective feedback:
• “Temporary euphoric feeling”
• “Increased energy levels“
• “Improved sleep patterns“
• “Improved mood“
• “Improved skin clarity and tone”
• “Improved bowel function“
• “Decreased swelling of extremities“
• “Increased energy”
• “Increased mental clarity”
• “Increased general sense of well being”
These outcomes may not apply to every person, and are not intended to guarantee, promise, represent and/or assure that anyone will achieve the same or similar results.
Occasionally some clients may experience mild fatigue, discomfort, or aches after treatment. These responses should reduce after 24-48 hours, if they persist notify your technician at your next appointment.
How is PBM Therapy applied?
PBMT can now be delivered to the entire body using a state of the Art FULL BODY DELIVERY SYSTEM called TheraLight 360. Now in just 10 minutes, a full body light session that targets inflammation and stimulates repair can be delivered.
How many sessions are needed?
Average of 2-3 15-20 minute sessions. Every person’s condition is unique, therefore there treatment course is as well. However there are some general rules of thumb that apply to PBM Therapy.
Acute injuries and inflammation from muscle strains and sprains, cuts, bruises, burns, etc typically show very rapid improvement and can resolve in 1-2 weeks.
Long-term, chronic conditions can take 2-3 weeks to get significant benefits, weeks to months for maximum benefits, then weekly or bi-weekly sessions may be necessary to maintain benefits.
Does it get hot inside the bed?
No. The LEDs are cooled by a cooling system to keep you comfortable.
What scientific evidence is available?
To date there are over 550 Randomized Controlled Trials (RCTs) and over 4000 laboratory studies have been published using PBM devices. PBM Therapy is used in thousands of clinics, hospitals and elite sports institutions in over 70 nations. There are approximately 40 new papers per month being published. The primary evidence is in musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction, however a wide variety of conditions are being studied as well. To review the published research, go to PubMed.gov and search by the terms Photobiomodulation, LLLT or Low Level Light Therapy.
Is this FDA approved?
The TheraLight 360 Full Body Wellness System is a General Wellness Device. General Wellness Devices are exempt from premarket notification (510k). Therefore, the TheraLight 360 Full Body Wellness System does not require FDA clearance or approval, instead must be registered with the FDA under defined Intended Uses. The device is built according to current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMP) and is in compliance with applicable standards as required by FDA. More details here
THE CLASS I INTENDED USES ARE:
Restoration of motion to joints
Adjunct to obesity as part of a diet and exercise program
THE CLASS II INTENDED ARE:
Relaxation of muscles and relief from muscle spasms
Temporary relief of minor muscle and joint aches, pain and stiffness
Temporary relief of minor pain and stiffness associated with arthritis
To temporarily increase blood circulation
Are there any contra-indications?
Pregnancy and cancer and clients that have had organ transplants. More research is necessary to detect any potential adverse effects on patients with these conditions before PBM Therapy can be utilized by these clients.
Can children use it?
With parental informed consent.
Do I need eye protection?
All persons present during device operation must wear approved TheraLight protective eyewear. Prescription contacts or glasses can be worn under TheraLight goggles.
Can anyone buy and use it at home or in a commercial setting?
Yes. Consumers can buy and use it at home and anyone can purchase and offer within their facility without a healthcare license. All our installations are white glove, inside setup and fully trained.