Photobiomodulation Therapy (PBMT) is the technical term for Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT).
It uses red and near infrared light from lasers and LEDs to improve tissue and wound repair, reduce inflammation and reduce pain, wherever the beam is applied.
It 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. PBMT does not produce heat and is a completely painless therapy.
Over 300 randomised clinical trials have been published on photobiomodulation, half of which are on pain. Oxidative stress plays a major role in the development and longevity of chronic pain. PBMT reduces oxidative stress and increases the body’s energy molecule ATP. It has been found that many people with chronic pain experience immediate relief after PBMT, that conventional treatment has not been able to provide.
Research by THOR indicates significant reduction of inflammation equal to or better than anti-inflammatory medication within 2 hours, pain relief effects that last for 48 hours and healing time of chronic tendinopathies reduced by 70%.
There are 3000 published clinical studies on the efficacy of PBMT including those in the British Medical Journal and British Journal of Sports medicine with over 300 randomised clinical trials and a systematic review published in the Lancet.
What conditions can PBMT help with?
Musculoskeletal pain or injury
Post operative pain & accelerated recovery
Muscle strength, endurance and recovery