Course Testimonial: Josh Nissan

Josh Nissan, Laser Tech/Physical Therapist with James Carroll, THOR“I believe that you follow those who breathe and eat passion. James Carroll is that leader. The knowledge exceeded my expectation. Mr. Carroll is a brilliant, magnificent human being and I was so blessed to have the time that I did observing greatness.

The gathering had a room of trained and brilliant LLLT specialists. Mark Granic is blessed with so many talents. My favorite was his ‘Communication’! He owns it!! Thank you Thor for all that you have done!!!!”

Josh Nissan
Laser Tech/Physical Therapist
Santa Barbara CA, USA

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NovoTHOR testimonial: Galen Rupp

Galen Rupp - Olympic medalist, Nike Oregon Project“I used the NovoTHOR and the CryoUSA cryotherapy unit religiously in my buildup to the Chicago Marathon. Recovery from hard workouts and high mileage is critical, and the these modalities kept me feeling great during my training for the Chicago Marathon.”

Galen Rupp
Two-time Olympic medalist
Chicago marathon winner
Nike Oregon Project

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NovoTHOR testimonial: Alberto Salazar

Alberto Salazar - Head Coach for the Nike Oregon Project“In the two months leading up to the Chicago Marathon, both Jordan Hasay and Galen Rupp were able to put in the highest volume and intense training of their careers and were very healthy. No injuries or major sicknesses.

We rely on CryoUSA for state-of-the-art recovery treatments, including NovoTHOR and cryotherapy, and I believe these treatments are a major factor in keeping both Jordan and Galen healthy.”

Alberto Salazar
Head Coach
Once a world-class distance runner himself, Alberto Salazar now coaches athletes for the Nike Oregon Project.

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Course Testimonial: Jennifer Kimbley

Jennifer Kimbley, Dermal Clinician“Excellent course that answers many of the questions all health providers have. The presenters are extremely knowledgeable in the area of Photobiomodulation.”

Jennifer Kimbley
Dermal Clinician
NSW, Australia

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LumiThera Named Most Innovative And Promising Medtech & E-Health Company At Biovision 2017

The LT-300 LED ophthalmologic instrument station provides a multi-wavelength approach to treating ocular disease.LumiThera® Inc., a clinical stage medical device company focused on delivering non-invasive photobiomodulation (PBM) therapies for ocular disorders and disease, today announced it has been awarded the prestigious “MOST INNOVATIVE AND PROMISING MEDTECH & E-HEALTH COMPANY” during Biovision 2017 in Lyon, France.

This is great news for patients suffering from dry AMD who have no other treatment alternatives!

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LumiThera Named Most Innovative And Promising Medtech & E-Health Company At Biovision 2017

Disclosure: I am an investor in Lumithera a) because it successfully treats an unmet medical need, (dry AMD) b) I think it will be the first billion dollar photobiomodulation company.

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NovoTHOR testimonial: Meagan.W – Dallas, TX, USA

National Level WeightlifterMeagan is a National Level Weightlifter who competes frequently. See her story and experience below after sessions on the NovoTHOR whole-body light pod. PR stands for Personal Record.

Wednesday 3/16:
Muscle Snatch Triple off a riser: PR working weight at 42 kg… Up 5 kilos from last week where I could only hit 37kg for working weight.

Thursday 3/17:
My 3/6 front squat/back squat combo I added 3 kilos from the previous Thursday- which is the most working I’ve ever done for this exercise at 91kg.

THEN I went on to do several reps of cleans and hit a 95kg Clean PR (9 kilos more than I did last week- heaviest clean I hit last week was 86kg.) This was halfway through my workout after doing a total of 117 reps. In Weightlifting a lot of volume can make your body feel tired & wrecked, so there was no explanation for why I was able to hit a PR on this exercise when my legs were fried.

Saturday 3/19: I hit a 3 kilo PR on my Power Clean & Jerk at 83kg

Sunday 3/20:
I added 2 kilos to my snatch triples from the blocks (59kg) from last week where I could only do 57kg.

I also did the most working weight I’ve ever done for Clean & Jerk Doubles at 83kg.

Monday 3/21:
Sumo Deadlift triple: 127kg PR (up 5 kilos from last Monday 3/14 I only could hit 122kg for 3)

Snatch Deadlift 5 rep: PR working weight for 5 at 91kg (2 kilos more than last Monday.)

Push Press+Push Jerk + Split Jerk Complex: 75kg (up 2kg from last Monday’s workout)

This part of my training cycle has been very strength intensive, so for me to even be coming close to hitting PRs is a huge deal. My body should be more fatigued and worn down from the strength work, but I actually feel recovered and fresh.

This is all thanks to the NovoTHOR light pod.

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Pubmed to adopt “Photobiomodulation Therapy” as a MeSH term

The US National Library of Medicine (NLM) plans to adopt “Photobiomodulation Therapy” (PBMT) as an official MeSH term in November 2015.

Why this is important?

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THOR LLLT presentation at United Nations – Global Health Impact Forum

This 15 minute video starts with an overview of Photobiomodulation and low level light therapy. Later in the presentation James introduces the Lumithera treatment for Dry Age related Macular Degeneration (AMD).

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More Class IV laser therapy misinformation

More Class IV laser therapy misinformationThe paper “High-intensity versus low-level laser therapy in the treatment of patients with knee osteoarthritis: a randomized controlled trial” Kheshie et al 2014 pitches the 3B BTL laser against the HIRO class IV “High intensity” laser. The results appear to show that the HIRO class IV “High intensity laser” was more effective than the “Low Level Laser”. HOWEVER, the HIRO class IV “High intensity” laser was delivered over a large area (not adequately defined but approx 100cm2 by my estimation) so the intensity was actually very low (about 13mW/cm2 which is less than most LED systems), and the 3B BTL “Low Level Laser” was actually very high (4 x 200mW small, high intensity beams) and were held stationary on the patella for over half an hour, YES, HALF AN HOUR IN ONE SPOT! This is insane.

This paper leads people to think that the class IV Hiro laser was more effective because it was higher intensity when in fact the beam distribution meant the average intensity distribution was low (13mW/cm2). The 3B laser was not so effective because it was held stationary such that it would cause an overdose. If the 3B laser treatment had been delivered in using same scanning technique as the class IV then they would likely have achieved the same result. (I am not a fan of scanning because you can never be sure how much energy you have delivered to an area, better to use a low intensity device and hold it still in my view).

This paper misdirects the reader towards favouring class IV lasers rather than 3b or LED by misinforming the reader.

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Class IV laser dose concern. An update from Prof. Jan Bjordal. World Association for Laser Therapy (WALT)

The title of last months PMLS editorial was Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) and World Association for Laser Therapy (WALT) Dosage Recommendations. Written by the Scientific Secretary Prof. Jan Bjordal. He describes how far we have come and the importance of the WALT dosage recommendations. No abstract is available for editorials so I have prepared one for you below. Continue reading

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Class IV laser treatments take longer than 3B lasers

A paper titled ”The Effectiveness of Therapeutic Class IV (10 W) Laser Treatment for Epicondylitis” [ref] showed that 10 Watt Class IV laser (mixed 8W 970nm, 2W 810) was successful in reducing pain and improving function in an RCT with 15 patients, and that there was good statistical significance at 6 months following a course of 6 treatments.

The claim by class IV laser manufacturers is that class IV lasers are better (faster, deeper and more effective) than Class 3b and LED systems. Conversely the 3B laser and LED manufacturers argue that less power density is more effective because delivering energy too quickly can overdose tissues and class IV lasers might burn the skin.

Throughout this paper there are marketing messages claiming the advantages  of shorter treatment times than low power LLLT systems and of course the title shouts “10 Watt Class IV laser” just in case the reader is in any doubt that more power is what you need.

Regular readers of this column know my obsession with irradiation parameters, particularly dose rate effects (W/cm2) and will not be surprised to learn that I deconstruced the irradiation parameters used in this trial . Surprise, surprise they were the same low irradiance levels typically used by 3B lasers and LED systems, if not less and the treatment time was longer too.

Yes, it was a 10 Watt laser and yes, 3,000 joules was delivered, however it had a  large beam area and treatment was delivered over (45cm2) in a “painting fashion”. The fluence (dose) was 6.6 Joules/cm2 and the power density was a tiny 22mW/cm2, consequently  treatment time was a hefty 5 mins.

The average irradiance was not disclosed in the paper and the reader is directed to think that more power is quicker.

P.S.  research trials with 3B lasers are typically 30 seconds to 3 mins and our recommended treatment is 1 min with a large LED cluster to the lateral epicondyle and 30 seconds for any related trigger points.

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The THOR LLLT Treatment Library

Available only to people who have attended a THOR training course in the last 3 years. All treatments are based on our four step method which includes treatment of the injury, trigger points, lymphatics and nerve roots.

Take a look to see how it works and let us know what you think.

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Course Testimonial: Andrew Paul Ryan

Andrew Paul Ryan, Medical GP“Great course, enthusiastic presenter and a great product. Why have I not heard of, or tried LASER therapy in before. THANK YOU”

Andrew Paul Ryan
Medical GP
McLaren Flat, Australia

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Course Testimonial: Anthony Thorne

Anthony ThorneLast year in Sydney was my third training with James and, as has been my experience with the previous two, I not only learned so much more regarding the future potential laser has for patients, but his easy to absorb presentation of what could be quite complex information has proven invaluable to me in my use of the Thor equipment.

If that testimonial eventually gets passed onto James, please thank him for me.

Had I not been anticipating more ongoing surgery in November, I would have applied to attend the coming training and look forward the (hopefully) next years.

Thank you for the follow up.

Regards

Anthony (Tony) Thorne
Springwood Wellness Centre (Brisbane Australia)

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Course Testimonial: Daniel Stott

Daniel Stott – Osteopath“A very structured and engaging course. I was very impressed/surprised that the founder of Thor (Mr Carroll) had taken the time to teach the course despite his busy schedule. I think the CEO connecting with the individuals shows a great level of care and humbleness which made me believe in LLLT even more.

What caught my attention the most of the day was the depth of the research, especially the study about the increase in stem cells in the blood from LLLT. I would give the course 9/10, only falling short because as a practitioner I like practical learning and would have liked to have used the unit myself.”

Daniel Stott
Osteopath
Manchester, UK

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Course Testimonial: Susanna Priest

Susanna Priest, Lymphoedema Therapist“I would just like to make a comment about your very informative training session I recently had with you in London. I was expecting the training to be a bit above my level, but I managed to easily keep up, as it was brilliantly put across for all levels in the training room. I even surprised myself! So a big thank you for such a great day, now I feel ready to embrace my lymphatic and Electromagnetic patients with all this new knowledge, with wonderful LED light and laser therapy.”

Susanna Priest
Lymphoedema Therapist
Gloucestershire, UK

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