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A newly released study published by Mass General concludes that Low Intensity Light Therapy is both safe and helpful in the recovery from moderate Traumatic Brain Injury as well as concussion injuries.
We have been achieving these kinds of results at Peak LiLT over the past five years utilizing the very same light therapy discussed in this article with our Bioflex Low Intensity Light Therapy system and the guidance of MD’s in Toronto, Canada at Meditech International: https://www.bioflexlaser.com/
We have helped two separate people make moderate to good recovery from TBI and several people recover from sports related and auto accident related concussions. We have even helped a woman recover from a stroke event last year. We are very excited about the possibilities we can achieve in helping people recover from brain related injury in a safe, effective way when nothing else can!
Welcome to my new blog posting about Low Level Laser (Light) Therapy, or now called Photobiomodulation. Low Level Laser Therapy is the use of light photons at specific wavelengths that when applied to tissues in the body create a healing response at a cellular level.
I have been interested in the study and utilization of LLLT now for almost three years, along with my business partner in Laser Therapy, Jeff Bickford. Together we have learned a tremendous amount (and continue to learn each day!) about this amazing technology and are witnessing better and better results in helping people with a wide variety of conditions.
I decided that I wanted to start posting information as I gather it for the benefit of others who might be interested.
We have learned that there is much confusion out there surrounding LLLT (especially in the United States as this technology was only FDA approved in 2003, so it is newer in this country comparatively).
We are beginning to have a better understanding as to the causes for this confusion:
All of the valid research performed on the benefits of LLLT are done utilizing Class3B lasers. This includes research from Europe, Canada, Tel Aviv, and by NASA, Harvard, Boston University and Mass General in the U.S. Class 3B lasers are a lower power density: power ranges from a few mW to 500 mW maximum. Class 4 Lasers are much higher powered – some of them range from 15,000 to 50,000 mW of power! Research shows that when power densities become too high, there is a DECREASEDeffect of tissue healing at a cellular level. The research all points to the fact that LOWER POWER, LONGER DURATIONS yield effectiveness in tissue healing in the body.
Conclusion: Class 3B Low Level Lasers work to stimulate a tissue healing response at a cellular level in the body. Class 4 Lasers do not!
Unfortunately, many laser therapy systems manufactured and sold in the U.S. are very high-powered Class 4 lasers. They are heavily marketed to healthcare practitioners by the laser manufacturing companies as “better” than Class 3B lasers – they espouse that higher power and shorter treatment times yields the best results. But this is simply not the case if you take the time to pick through the research and actually look at the listed power densities, wavelengths and treatment times listed in the studies that are yielding positive results.
I cannot tell you how many people I have now encountered who had Class4 laser therapy at their chiropractor’s office, PT clinic, and even at some higher level athletic institutions in the U.S. who feel like it doesn’t work. That is because it doesn’t!
Class 3 and Class 4 lasers are like apples and oranges.
I recently learned that NASA uses a Class 3B Laser on the Space Station to help heal astronaut injuries – if NASA felt like Class 4 lasers were superior based on their own research and clinical use, then they would most likely be using a high-powered Class 4 on the Space Station! And if they didn’t feel like laser therapy worked, they would not bother to have one on board at all…
I am finally able to access the photos from Team Processing way back in Munich on February 1st so you can see our Nike and Ralph Lauren clothing. I do get to march in the Closing Ceremonies tonight! Yippee!
Well, it took over 5 minutes for this one photo to load from my laptop, so I will post the rest of these photos when I return to Colorado Springs – sorry about that!
The Mountain Olympic Village felt more like we were at the Winter Olympic Games than our Costal Village by the Black Sea where it is 55-65 degrees everyday!
We rode the gondolas down into the town at Rosa Khotur where they have built a ski village. None of this was here a year or two ago-it was all built for the Olympics (and now it will be a Russian ski resort). No wonder the Games cost Russia 52 billion!
The ice dance short dance competition starts soon! I’m walking over to the arena (the Iceberg) with our team leaders and Meryl and Charlie’s coach Marina Zoeva.
Go Maia and Alex Shibutani, Madi Shock and Evan Bates, and Meryl Davis and Charlie White!!!