Improved Circulation and Oxygenation
Proper blood flow is key for maintaining optimal health and allowing organs to function properly. It promotes wound healing, keeps the heart healthy, brain sharp, decreases pain, swelling and edema, and it even promotes good complexion.
When proper blood flow is restored, nutritional flow is increased so that more nutrients (like oxygen) are delivered to cells that need them, enabling them to work better.
Common effects of poor circulation include:
- Memory loss
- Heart disease
- Kidney damage
- Peripheral artery disease
- Thinning hair or hair loss
- Delayed healing due to weakened immune system
- Sexual dysfunction
- Raynaud’s phenomenon
Body’s Natural Pain Relieving Relaxant
Phototherapy reduces pain perception and influences healthier nerve function by:
- acting as a nerve block, inhibiting action potentials and the transmission of pain;
- disrupting and affecting neural circuits and how they work;
- suppressing synaptic activity so that the pain matrix is not activated;
- increasing neuronal response latency (the delay in the onset of stimulus-provoked response/activity);
- toning down the parts of a nerve fibre responsible for the quickest transmission of acute pain signals
Enhanced Cell Regeneration Processes
Angiogenesis (the process by which new blood vessels form) is a vital function that allows delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the body’s tissues. It is essential for cell growth, development and tissue repair.
Clinical studies demonstrate that phototherapy promotes angiogenesis, tissue regeneration, blood perfusion, anti-inflammatory properties, as well as pain therapy. Angiogenesis is important for wound healing because new skin tissue requires its own blood supply.
Abnormal angiogenesis is recognised as a common denominator in many debilitating conditions, including skin diseases, cardiovascular disease, stroke, and many others.
Enhanced Metabolic Activity, Energy Production and Oxygen Uptake
Improving mitochondrial health and boosting ATP (cellular energy) production in cells can help boost physical health and immunity.
Elite athletes have a much higher density of efficient mitochondria in the muscle tissues than the average person. This adaptation, which takes place over long periods of training and conditioning regimens, occurs because of the energy demands placed on the athlete’s bodies. It is one of the major metabolic benefits of exercise.
Phototherapy is a way of unlocking these cellular components that help make the body more efficient at delivering oxygen and fuel to where it’s needed.
The process improves blood flow and oxygenation while optimising how our cells use oxygen to create energy.
Without oxygen, our cells make 2 ATP molecules.
With oxygen, our cells make 38 ATP molecules.
Researchers are increasingly recognising the implication of faulty mitochondria in diabetes, obesity and neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s.
Cellular Clean-Up and Repair
ATP also serves as a signaling molecule to help communicate with macrophages to clean up damaged, defective and infected cells.
If new cells need to be made, ATP communicates with fibroblasts to initiate the bone remodeling process.
Better cell signaling also helps to regulate our immune systems by communicating to cells to induce anti-inflammatory and adaptive responses.
In addition, it sends signals to the brain so the brain releases endorphins, anti-inflammatories, serotonin, and more.
Whole Body Systemic Benefits
Studies prove that phototherapy has systemic effects.
Tissues and organs that have not been targeted with light can still indirectly benefit through cell secretions from other irradiated parts of the body.
In one study, researchers shone red light on one side of the face to treat hyperpigmentation. By the end of the study, massive improvements to the skin’s complexion were shown on the treatment side, but the control side also showed improvement.
The study concluded that activated cells in blood and lymph can travel significant distances from the treatment area and have distant (systemic) effects.
Chronic, low-grade inflammation is one of the hallmarks of human aging.
Most, if not all age-related diseases share inflammation as a common contributing factor.
PBMT modulates nitric oxide production, which plays a key role in the pathogenesis of inflammation.
Nitric oxide regulates cell communication and controls delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the cells.
While impaired nitric oxide production leaves undesired effects (vasoconstriction, inflammation and tissue damage), regulated levels of nitric oxide have an anti-inflammatory effect and play a key role in a variety of inflammatory conditions.
Anti-Aging Skin Treatment
Production of nitric oxide, which diminishes by as much as 50% by age 40, can accelerate the aging process from diminished cardiovascular function to aging of the skin.
Similarly, by the time we reach age 60, levels of ATP in our skin have declined to 50%. An energy deficiency means our cells no longer perform at their full potential, resulting in lower levels of collagen and elastin synthesis.
At the dermal level, stimulation of ATP and nitric oxide production enhances the natural restorative metabolism of cells while improving the overall condition of the skin and bones.
- Improved collagen and fibroblasts production
- Increased blood flow
- Soft tissue repair
- Improved skin tone
- Reduced incidence of skin conditions
- Decreased inflammation
- Reduced oxidative stress
- New capillaries formation
- Lymphatic system activation
- Enhanced muscle recovery