Caring for the Body, PLLC offers clinical Photobiomodulation (PBM).
PBM is the use of red or near-infrared light to stimulate, heal, regenerate, and protect tissue that has either been injured, is degenerating, or else is at risk of dying.
Research studies of this light technology have shown promise for the treatment of conditions such as Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), PTSD, mood disorders and cognitive decline.
Light therapy has the potential to heal the brain and other tissues due to the following mechanisms of action:
- Increases Vascularity (Circulation) – speeds up the healing process by carrying more oxygen and nutrients to the injured area and removing more waste products from the area.
- Stimulate the Release of Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP): ATP provides the chemical energy that fuels our bodies.
- Increase Lymphatic System Activity: reduces tissue swelling.
- Increase Phagocytosis: Important for fighting infections and cleaning up tissues to allow for healing.
- Stimulate Acetylcholine Release: Acetylcholine is an important neurotransmitter for brain health and memory storage.
The net result of photobiomodulation is a cascade of beneficial biological reactions in damaged nerve cells that stimulate the healing process. The healing is a direct result of increased localized blood flow that improves tissue oxygenation.
Above is Margaret A. Naeser, Ph.D., L.Ac., who has performed several studies on the brain with LED light therapy.
Click the links below to view study abstracts on PubMed.gov
- Transcranial, Red/Near-Infrared Light-Emitting Diode Therapy to Improve Cognition in Chronic Traumatic Brain Injury.
- Improved cognitive function after transcranial, light-emitting diode treatments in chronic, traumatic brain injury: two case reports.
- Shining light on the head: Photobiomodulation for brain disorders
- Low-level light emitting diode (LED) therapy suppresses inflammasome-mediated brain damage in experimental ischemic stroke.
- Traumatic brain injury, neuroimaging, and neurodegeneration.
- Irradiation with He-Ne laser increases ATP level in cells cultivated in vitro.
- Review of transcranial photobiomodulation for major depressive disorder: targeting brain metabolism, inflammation, oxidative stress, and neurogenesis.
- Photobiomodulation directly benefits primary neurons functionally inactivated by toxins: role of cytochrome c oxidase.
- Role of low-level laser therapy in neurorehabilitation.