Whole-body Red Light Therapy

Whole-body Red Light Therapy
  • 2021 December 29

NovoTHOR® is a whole body red light therapy bed that uses red and near-infrared light to treat injuries, reduce pain, relax muscles/joints, and increase blood circulation.

Relieve sources of pain
Drugs cover pain up by interfering with chemical signals. NovoTHOR actually treats the sourse of the pain, relieving muscular and joint pain.

Improve performance
NovoTHOR improves muscle performance, improving the effectiveness of your workout or helping you hit levels you‘ve never reached before

Stay on your feet
Whether it‘s an injury or a workout, NovoTHOR can redevelop muscles, relax them, and improve their blood flow, helping you get back on your feet, faster.

Whole-body
NovoTHOR treats the whole body, from your head to your toes, all at once in less than 15 minutes. It‘s relaxing and will leave you feeling better than ever.

Science. Not magic.
Red Light Therapy has been studied in over 500 human trials and 4,000 lab studies. THOR is considered a subject matter expert by researchershospitals, and governmental bodies such as US Congress and the UN.

What is red light therapy?
Red light therapy is a treatment that stimulates natural cellular processes. Similar to how specific wavelengths (at the opposite end of the light spectrum) can be used to treat psoriasis or vitiligo. Red light therapy (also known as photobiomodulation) uses a combination of red and near-infrared light to activate a number of biological processes.

What is red light therapy used for?
Red light therapy is used to treat injuries, reduce pain, relax muscles/joints, and increase blood circulation. It is typically used by doctors, physical therapists, and pain clinics as a highly effective non-invasive treatment with no known side effects. It also used by professional athletes to improve performance and reduce the incidence of injuries.

How often can you use red light therapy?
You can use red light therapy every day. Most people don’t see much benefit using it more than once per day. For handheld treatments your practioner will advise you as to your treatment plan.

Benefits

  • NovoTHOR is intended to be used for
  • Improved muscle performance
  • Restoration of motion to joints
  • Redevelop muscles
  • Relaxation of muscles and relief from muscle spasms
  • Temporary relief of minor muscle and joint aches, pain and stiffness
  • Temporary relief of minor pain and stiffness associated with arthritis
  • To temporarily increase blood circulation
  • Adjunct to obesity as part of a diet and exercise program

Photobiomodulation

Photobiomodulation is the term used for how near-infrared helps the body heal and relieve pain.

What is Photobiomodulation (PBM Therapy)?

Photobiomodulation (PBM Therapy) previously known as Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) is the application of red and near infra-red light over injuries or lesions to improve wound and soft tissue healing, reduce inflammation and give relief for both acute and chronic pain. First developed in 1967, it is now commonly referred to as PBM.

Photobiomodulation is used to: increase the speed, quality and tensile strength of tissue repair; resolve inflammation and relieve pain (analgesia).

The red and near infrared light (600nm-1000nm) commonly used in PBM can be produced by laser or high intensity LEDs. The intensity of PBM lasers and LED’s is not high like a surgical laser. There is no heating effect.

The effects of PBM are photochemical (like photosynthesis in plants). When the correct intensity and treatment times are used, red and near infrared light reduces oxidative stress and increases ATP. This improves cell metabolism and reduce inflammation. These effects can be enhanced with pulses however when analgesia is required there is a second mechanism which works best when a strong continuous beam is applied.

PBM devices are typically delivering 10mW – 500mW (0.01 -> 0.01 Watts). The power density typically ranges from 0.005W/Cm² -> 5 W/Cm².

PBM is popularly used for soft tissue injuries, joint conditions, neuropathic pain, non-healing leg and pressure ulcers.

NEWS The Lancet publishes landmark review of PBM for neck pain read more and listen to interview here

Introduction to PBM Video

Introduction to PBM and dose response by Prof. Michael Hamblin, Wellman Centre for Photomedicine, Harvard Medical School
Source: International Dose Response Society

This paper from Harvard Medical School reviews the PBM mechanisms and the biphasic dose response. It summarises the molecular and cellular mechanisms of PBM, gives a scientific explanation for the biphasic dose response (why a low dose has a stimulatory effect and why a high dose inhibits). Low power densities tend to get better healing and anti-inflammatory effects where higher power densities are more likely to inhibit (which may be useful if you just want an analgesic effect). I have to disclose an interest in this paper because I am a co-author. James Carroll CEO THOR Photomedicine.