10 Things You Should Know About Photobiomodulation

Help reduce pain and inflammation related to many common conditions such as tendon / muscle injuries, fractures and arthritis.

1. Photobiomodulation Therapy (PBMT) Is A Form Of Laser Therapy

Laser therapy uses a process called photobiomodulation. This is when photons (light particles) enter the tissue and interact with cytochrome c complex (a protein enzyme) within the mitochondria (your cells that convert energy for chemical reactions). This interaction triggers a biological domino effect of events that leads to an increase in cellular metabolism to accelerate healing. It's like standing in the warm sunlight with a cuppa on a winters morning, readying yourself for the day ahead.


2. Reduces Pain And Inflammation Without Side Effects

It is a wonderful thing, that laser therapy, unlike medications, reduces pain and inflammation without undesirable side effects. Patients report long-lasting pain relief. The number of treatments that you require may vary, depending on your condition. For instance, Osteoarthritis in your knees will general need more treatments than a fractured toe. Many patients experience lasting relief after only a couple of treatments.


3. Can Be Used For Acute And Chronic Conditions

In the world of laser, generally the intensity and length of time of treatment is influenced by the type of injury and when it was sustained. Acute conditions  are up to 72 hours after injury. Subacute conditions which can be 72 hours to 5 days after injury. And chronic conditions are greater than 5 days after injury.

When treating acute conditions with laser therapy, it is really effective when treatment starts as soon as possible following injury (as long as there is no bleeding). The faster the inflammation is reduced, the faster the healing process can begin to help restore the body to normal function. With chronic conditions, laser therapy is used most often to help combat persistent pain and inflammation by re-stimulating the healing process. A bit like a spark to start a fire.


4. Treatments Can Be Customised For Each Situation

Our laser @Foot and Ankle Care has a larger power range and can be set to operate from 0.5 W all the way up to 40 W and has multiple treatment heads for customised and treatment specific therapy. For instance, when treating over bony areas, an off-contact treatment method may be better. However, when treating deep-tissue structures, such as a hamstring, an on-contact massage ball attachment is best. The ball stays in contact with skin and reduce reflection and scattering of the photons, allowing deeper penetration of the laser beam. There are different sized treatment heads that allow precise specific treatment if needed.


5. Treatments Feel Good

“What does it feel like?”

Laser creates little to no sensation or it can create a gentle, soothing warmth. Patients receiving treatment frequently report a rapid decrease in pain. The ball treatment head used to deliver the PBMT  is often referred to as “laser massage” as we can glide it firmly over the muscle bellies during the treatment.


6. Treatments Are Fast

With our LightForce laser, treatments are quick, usually 5-10 minutes depending on the size, depth, and acuteness of the condition being treated. High-power lasers are able to deliver a lot of energy in a small amount of time, so therapeutic dosages are achieved quickly. Not much time out of your day for great pain relief.


7. Treatments Can Be Combined With Other Therapies

We will guide you as to what therapies we can use during your treatment plan. You have a choice of simply using Laser therapy as a stand alone treatment or combining it with other therapies which will complement your rehabilitation. For example, orthotic therapy, taping, exercise and shockwave therapy (Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy -EWST). Shockwave involves the delivery of high-frequency shock waves to the injured tendon to stimulate healing. PBMT can be combined with EWST and are considered as a gold star non invasive treatment for those stubborn conditions such as Plantar Fasciitis and Achillies Tendonitis. 


8. Can Be Used For Wound Healing And Scaring

There is an increase in the speed of healing that results with the use of our laser. This can be used to help prevent formation of scars. It can also be used to treat ulcers even if there is tissue infection present.


9. Can Be Used For Treatment Of Peripheral Neuropathy

Peripheral Neuropathy results in damage to the nerve endings in the feet. Symptoms might include pain, pins-and-needles sensation, tingling, numbness or weakness. This condition for example, can be caused by diabetes and chemotherapy. Symptoms may improve with laser treatment.


10. Can Enhance Your Sporting Performance

We can use our laser pre or post your game and activity to reduce muscle fatigue and soreness. The increase in cellular metabolism leads to increased healing  and recovery which helps promote endurance and strength.