"Drug free pain relief and better healing through 'best in class' photomedicine products and services."
- James Carroll, THOR Photomedicine CRO
What is Photobiomodulation Therapy (PBMT)?
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 take about 10 minutes and should be applied two or more times a week.
Photobiomodulation 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.
THOR customers include British and US military, Premier Division soccer teams, Olympic teams, Formula 1, rugby and cricket team therapists as well as specialist pain clinics in the UK and USA.
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Further Research backed Evidence
36 Photobiomodulation therapy papers published in February 2018.
DNA repair mechanisms, modulation of telomere maintenance
Improved motor response in patients with spinal cord injury
Prevention of < grade 2 radiodermatitis in breast cancer patients (RCT)
No adverse effects on SCC primary cancer, recurrence or survival
Improved physiological and performance parameters in runners
Improved depth of anaesthesia during endodontic treatment
27 Photobiomodulation therapy papers published in January 2018.
Treatment 6h before + immediately before exercise best for reducing muscle fatigue
Review of pre-clinical data for dementia, Parkinson’s, stroke, trauma and depression
Improved bacteriological, cytological and clinical benefits after root planing (RCT)
Improved wound healing of skin graft donor site (RCT)
Systematic review of RCTs on LED PBM therapy in dermatology
NSAIDs vs PBM Therapy post root canal (RCT)
ESWT vs PBM Therapy for Plantar Fasciitis (RCT)
Effect of PBM on cerebral hemodynamics and metabolism are not thermal
Frequently asked questions
How many sessions are needed?
That depends on your goals and current condition. In general, acute injuries (sprains, abrasions, etc.) show rapid improvement and often resolve in 2-4 treatments. Long-term and chronic conditions may need up to 10 treatments to show significant benefits.
How often should I do Red Light Therapy?
Most clients do 2-4 times per week until their goals are met, then reduce to 1-2 times per week for maintenance. For athletes with a rigorous workload, 3-5 times per week is recommended for optimal recovery.
Are there any side effects?
No, treatment is non-toxic, non-invasive, and has no known side effects. It is safe and effective for most people.
Are there any contraindications?
Treatment is NOT APPROPRIATE FOR THE FOLLOWING CONDITIONS:
Do you wear clothes during the session?
You may disrobe to your level of comfort. The more light that touches your skin, the more effective the treatment.
What should I do before my session?
Remove all jewelry that could refract light or scratch the unit. Remove as much makeup as possible, and limit the use of lotions, especially ones with light-blocking agents. Hydration is vital to the success of the treatments, so please drink water throughout the day!
What should I expect to feel?
The lights themselves do not become warm; however your circulation increases throughout the treatment, so you may experience a feeling of warmth. A quick energy boost or feeling of euphoria is also possible.
What should I do after my session?
HYDRATE!! Water is essential for cellular processes, and your cells will be hard at work after PBM. Make sure to drink extra water and eat well so your cells have all the fuel they need to heal.
What success markers should I look for?
Pain levels for acute or chronic conditions, improvements in color or texture of scars, improvements in skin texture and tone, quality of sleep, energy levels, recovery time post workout, and energy levels throughout the day are all good markers to track success.
Where can I look at the research?
Click here for a treasure trove of information from THOR.