What is Photobiomodulation Therapy?
Photobiomodulation (PBM) is defined as the changing of biological processes with light. One of the key players in this process is the mitochondria. Mitochondria, the powerhouse within the cell, interact with packets of light called photons to trigger a series of energy-producing events involving the photoreceptor cytochrome c oxidase and resulting in the production of adenosine tri-phosphate (ATP).
ATP is cellular energy and is used to fuel every function in the body including breathing, digestion, cognition, and movement. Therefore anything that enhances mitochondrial function will translate into increased energy within the cell.
Photobiomodulation Therapy (PBMT) is the therapeutic application of light to impact biological processes. Red and near-infrared (NIR) light irradiation using a low power density has been shown to provide therapeutic benefits across a range of conditions. A review of the scientific literature reveals benefits associated with PBMT include neurogenesis (the growth and development of nervous tissue), synaptogenesis (the formation of synapses between neurons), decreased inflammation, increased protein production, pain relief, faster tissue healing, and pathogen death.
Photobiomodulation Therapy is a treatment modality that helps the body to create the energy needed to heal itself.
Snider Therapy Centers (Birmingham) are pleased to now be able to offer PBMT and are excited to explore its potential among our patient population with traumatic brain injury, headaches, visually-related learning problems, attention deficit disorder, autism spectrum disorder, dyslexia, auditory processing disorder, insomnia, and pain.