Therapy for the Head & Brain
Photobiomodulation Therapy (PBM) using safe and non-invasive LEDs is able to penetrate through the skull and reach the brain producing a positive effect on circulation in the area where the LEDs are applied. Light therapy reaches many mitochondria in the neurons and the endothelium (blood vessel lining) which respond to the photons by releasing of nitric oxide which is often called the "miracle molecule". The resulting natural vasodilation increases blood flow reaching areas of the brain in need of oxygen and nutrients and inflammation levels also decrease. Nitric oxide is a signaling molecule, which also upregulates the manufacture of various healing substances including beneficial enzymes in the area where it is applied to the body. The production of ATP (adenosine triphosphate) by the cells in response to photobiomodulation therapy will greatly increase cellular energy supporting natural healing processes. LED light therapy has been shown in research studies to stimulate positive change in the body with Traumatic Brain Injury, Concussion, Stroke, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Depression, Stress and Anxiety.
Watch the video below to hear leading researcher Margaret Naeser describe benefits of light therapy observed in clinical research studies that she has conducted at Boston University.
Above is Margaret A. Naeser, Ph.D., L.Ac., who has done several studies on the brain with LED light therapy including some with Michael R. Hamblin, Ph.D. from Harvard who is one of the most prolific researchers in this field. She describes results obtained with this therapy for a number of conditions.
TBI, Brain, Neurological Research
Head and Brain Therapy Systems
All of the therapy systems below can be used for many purposes to support healing and wellness anywhere on the body including for pain relief, increased circulation, skin healing, and athletic pre and post workout conditioning.
Custom systems with any combination of pads can be put together to meet your total therapy needs. A Facemask is highly recommended as a part of head and brain therapy. Please contact us for help configuring a system to meet your needs.
Actions of LED Light Therapy that May Support Brain Health
Circulation is increased by increasing the formation of new capillaries, which are additional blood vessels that replace damaged ones. New capillaries speed up the healing process by carrying more oxygen as well as more nutrients needed for healing, and they can also carry more waste products away.
Stimulate the release of adenosine triphosphate (ATP):
ATP is the major carrier of energy to all cells. Increases in ATP allow cells to accept nutrients faster and get rid of waste products faster by increasing the energy level in the cell. All food turns into ATP before the cells utilize it. ATP provides the chemical energy that drives the chemical reaction of the cell.
Stimulate acetylcholine release:
Acetylcholine functions in the brain as a neurotransmitter, causes cardiac inhibition, vasodilation, gastrointestinal peristalsis and other parasympathetic effects.
Reduce the excitability of nervous tissue:
The photons of light enter the body as negative ions. This calls upon the body to send positive ions, like calcium among others, to go to the area being treated. These ions assist in firing the nerves, thereby relieving pain.
The process of scavenging for an ingesting dead or degenerated cells by phagocyte cells for the purpose of clean up. This is an important part of the infection fighting process. Destruction of the infection and clean up must occur before the healing process can take place.
Photobiomodulation and TBI
In the past centuries and decades, brain damage was thought to be irreversible. In addition, it was taught in medical schools that the brain was not able to form new brain cells. Current science now validates that neither of these bleak outlooks are true. Multiple studies have shown that near infrared LED light is capable of penetrating the human skull and can assist the body's own process of healing. Angiogenesis and neurogenesis are carried out by the body to heal itself. This natural healing process is supported by photobiomodulation, diet, exercise, and other modalities.
About TBI Evaluation and Brain Scans
Traumatic brain injury is common and the loss of consciousness or direct impact to the skull is not required to sustain a TBI. CT and/or MRI structural images do not tell the whole story or eliminate that a TBI has been sustained. Brain SPECT imaging is a superior scan for the evaluation of TBI.