“That was my second time taking this course. The first time I had an overview and it was awesome. This time, I knew what to expect and went prepared to absorb details, especially in the side effect of cancer therapy. James has unique and fun teaching skills. Besides, he shows passion and belief on his business. I am ready for a third opportunity. Can’t wait to start working with PBM Therapy and see improvement in the quality of life of our patients.”
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!
Meagan 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.
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.
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
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.
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 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).
The 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.
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 →
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.
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.
“The training was amazing. Very informative and interesting. James keeps it funny therefore people don’t get bored. I’ve learned so much about this amazing product/service. I am really looking forward to see those amazing results in treating our patients with Oral Mucositis.”
“A terrific full on day of information with a touch of humour. An extremely professional presentation delivered in a relaxed manner that enabled everyone to uptake the unlimited potential that is possible with THOR Laser Photomedicine.”
“With over 25 years in dental laser training, I have attended many courses on PBMT. As I see it, James Carroll is the premier presenter in this industry. He not only provides excellent education, but also does the tough ground work to document the science and clinical studies to support his curriculum. He has partnered with many diverse fields of the health industry to implement the light as a healing instrument. Exploring the versatility of photobiomodulation is exciting and the results are incredible.
This was my fifth opportunity to attend James Carroll’s presentation, and I will continue to attend and learn. Mark and Jennifer are also extremely knowledgeable and provide invaluable support.
Thank you so much for the amazing course.
Gloria E. Monzon
Registered Dental Hygienist
San Jose, California”
Shepherd University in partnership with the Photobiomodulation Therapy Foundation, announced its new health education initiative Wednesday during a day-long workshop, which introduced PBM, or photobiomodulation, to Shepherd’s advanced practice nurses and faculty members. It is considered the first step in bringing the application of light-based treatments into the nursing curriculum.
“PBM is important to West Virginians,” said Dr. Sharon Mailey, acting dean for and chair of the Department of Nursing Education, in a press release. “Our state leads the nation in opioid overdose deaths. PBM’s effectiveness in treating pain can create a viable alternative treatment that will help reduce dependence on addictive and dangerous medications.”
“I recently opened a wellness center geared toward athletes and toward supporting people with lyme disease/chronic fatigue/fibromyalgia. I was very intrigued by the NovoTHOR bed because I understand the basic science of Near Infrared/Red UV Light and because my lyme was successfully treated with a similar IV therapy. I also knew that this was a cutting edge technology that could really help people at the mitochondria level and it would help them increase their energy levels.
I was debating about buying the bed because it is more expensive than other therapies, however I am extremely glad that I decided to make the investment.
I have only been open for a month and a half and people are seeing and experiencing real results. They report increased energy levels, better sleep, clearer thinking and even better hormonal patterns. I had to add a 220v plug, but that was the extent of the facility change. It runs on minimal electricity and requires little to no manual labor to use.
We start people slowly and work them up to the right amount for them. The fact that it requires little manual labor to run allows me the time to talk to and work with the client so they get the maximum results possible. That’s true healing.
The NovoTHOR bed has also been one of the cornerstone therapies from a revenue perspective. We were able to cover our operating costs and start to pay back the equipment in the first month through this and a few other therapies.
Lastly, the backend support from NovoTHOR has been outstanding. They have always made themselves available for questions and have provided excellent, quality information on the use of the bed.