How does BioLight help?
Pain is a very complex condition that manifests itself in a variety of different
forms. With that being said, all pain is caused by two main factors: inflammation and poor micro-circulation.
Inflammation sensitizes the nerves in the area of injury, thus making everything innervated by that nerve more prone to being tender, irritable and painful. Compromised micro-circulation, whether circulation to the nerve or muscle, leads to a lack of oxygen and nutrients, causing a lower threshold for pain signals to be sent to the brain.
By decreasing inflammation and/or improving blood flow to the area of discomfort, the pain signals and, thus, the pain decreases. This is exactly how red/NIR light therapy (RLT) can help reduce pain of all types.
How does this improve my health & wellness?
There is a such profound body-mind connection when it comes to pain that one could argue pain is more mentally debilitating than it is physically. Pain can disallow you from participating in some or all of your favorite activities and hobbies, which hinders you from living life to the fullest. If your pain could be significantly reduced or disappear, how liberating would that be?
As stated at the top of this page, inflammation is an enormous culprit when it comes to pain, whether it be acute or chronic. Thus, an effective anti-inflammatory will surely reduce most, if not all, types of pain.
Research consistently demonstrates that red/NIR light therapy (RLT) is effective at reducing inflammation wherever mitochondria are present, which is EVERYWHERE! That means, RLT should have a positive effect for most pains.
Pain is also effectively modulated by RLT through various mechanisms: changes in tissue opioid receptors, changes in substance P (involved in transmission of pain) and disruption of nerve transmission and pain sensation. Again, the end result is decreased pain signals sent to the brain!
Studies have revealed that RLT can produce anti-inflammatory effects that are comparable to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), but without the deleterious negative side effects of degrading your stomach lining and small intestines.
And just like RLT helps improve fat loss by improving circulation to the fat cells lacking blood flow, RLT improves micro-circulation at the site of pain, improving nourishment to the nerves and muscles. End result = less pain.
Red/NIR light has been shown to be beneficial for, but not limited to, the following conditions:
low back pain
chronic neck pain
chronic tooth pain
sacroiliac joint pain
tendinitis and myofascial pain
chronic joint disorders
Keep in mind that a laser or LED (light emitting diode) does not correct situations involving structural deficits or instabilities whether in bone or in soft tissue.
What does the research show?
"This meta-analysis presents evidence that LLLT (low-level laser therapy) is an effective treatment modality to reduce pain in adult patients with musculoskeletal disorders."
Clijsen, Ron & Brunner, Anina & Barbero, Marco & Clarys, Peter & Taeymans, Jan. (2017). Effects of low-level laser therapy on pain in patients with musculoskeletal disorders. A systemic review and meta-analysis. European journal of physical and rehabilitation medicine. 53. 10.23736/S1973-9087.17.04432-X.
"This meta-analysis indicates that the LLLT in patients with plantar fasciitis significantly relieves the heel pain and the excellent efficacy lasts for 3 months after treatment."
Wang, Wei & Jiang, Weifeng & Tang, Chuanxi & Zhang, Xiao & Xiang, Jie. (2019). Clinical efficacy of low-level laser therapy in plantar fasciitis: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Medicine. 98. e14088. 10.1097/MD.0000000000014088.
"In conclusion, PBMT (photobiomodulation therapy) applied before a simulated soccer match proved to be effective in attenuating the hamstrings’ muscle fatigue. These findings support PBMT as a promising tool to prevent hamstring strain injury in soccer players."
Pinto Dornelles, Maurício & Fritsch, Carolina & Chaida Sonda, Francesca & Scott Johnson, Douglas & Cesar Pinto Leal-Junior, Ernesto & VAZ, MARCO & Baroni, Bruno. (2019). Photobiomodulation therapy as a tool to prevent hamstring strain injuries by reducing soccer-induced fatigue on hamstring muscles. Lasers in Medical Science. 10.1007/s10103-018-02709-w.
"This systematic review suggests that LLLT effectively relieves pain and improves functional outcomes in patients with TMD (temporomandibular disorder)."
Xu, Gang-Zhu & Jia, Jie & Jin, Lin & Li, Jia-Heng & Wang, Zhan-Yue & Cao, Dong-Yuan. (2018). Low-Level Laser Therapy for Temporomandibular Disorders: A Systematic Review with Meta-Analysis. Pain Research and Management. 2018. 1-13. 10.1155/2018/4230583.
"LLLT reduces pain immediately after treatment in acute neck pain and up to 22 weeks after completion of treatment in patients with chronic neck pain.”
Chow, Roberta & Johnson, Mark & Lopes-Martins, Rodrigo Alvaro & Bjordal, Jan. (2009). Efficacy of low-level laser therapy in the management of neck pain: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised placebo or active-treatment controlled trials. Lancet. 374. 1897-908. 10.1016/S0140-6736(09)61522-1.
"Photobiomodulation, also known as low-level laser therapy, is a rapidly growing approach to stimulate healing, increase tissue regeneration and reduce pain and inflammation."
Sousa, Marcelo & Kawakubo, Masayoshi & Ferraresi, Cleber & Kaippert, Beatriz & Mateus Yoshimura, Elisabeth & Hamblin, Michael. (2018). Pain management using photobiomodulation: Mechanisms, location, and repeatability quantified by pain threshold and neural biomarkers in mice. Journal of Biophotonics, 11. e201700370. 10.1002/jbio.201700370.
"The overall positive short-term clinical studies in addition to strong laboratory studies should give the clinical confidence that low-level laser therapy (LLLT) may be beneficial for many individuals suffering from musculoskeletal pain, regardless of the cause."
B Cotler, Howard. (2015). The Use of Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) For Musculoskeletal Pain. MOJ Orthopedics & Rheumatology. 2. 10.15406/mojor.2015.02.00068.
Suggested use of BioLight
3 - 7x/week
2 - 7 min @ 6"
5 - 10 min @ 12"
Red and NIR
* We recommend no more than 15 - 20 minutes of total treatment time per day