Category Archives: Research
Photomodulation (Low-Level Laser Therapy):
A Literature Review of the Prevention and Reduction of Oral Mucositis in Patients Undergoing Stem Cell Transplantation.
Positive New Data for LumiThera’s Valeda Light Delivery System for Dry Age-Related Macular Degeneration.
THERAPY EXPO SYNOPSIS: Photobiomodulation (PBM) is one of the best researched physical therapy modalities. More than 800 RCTs have been published on the benefits of PBM, thousands of papers published on the mechanism of action and dose response, more than 8,000 academic papers in total. Systematic reviews and clinical guidelines recommending PBM have been published in the worlds leading journals including The Lancet, British Journal of Sports Medicine, the British Medical Journal and JAMA for a wide range of musculoskeletal disorders. The American College of Physicians recommend PBM for Low Back Pain, and NICE recommend PBM for Oral Mucositis. PBM works primarily on the powerhouse of the cell (mitochondria), increasing energy (ATP) and reducing oxidative stress (cytokines) that lead to inflammation cell death and diseases associated with ageing. The unique feature of PBM is its ability to switch on tissue and regenerative processes. This presentation summarises the evidence for PBM in musculoskeletal pain.
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St Jude Hospital is the world’s leading research centre for catastrophic diseases in children. They just published a story on our Photobiomodulation treatment of Oral Mucositis, a common side-effect of chemotherapy or radiotherapy treatments.
Shining a Light on Mucositis
A new study conducted by St. Jude Nursing Research uses a painless therapy to help children avoid a common side effect of bone marrow transplantation.
Read the full article at www.stjude.org
Annette Quinn, RN, MSN | UPMC Hillman Cancer Centers, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
This session focuses on the use of photobiomodulation (PBM) in the management of oral mucositis in oncology patients.
- Identify the prevalence of oral mucositis (OM) in the oncology population.
- Describe the benefits of PBM in the management of OM in this population.
- Identify barriers to implementing a PBM program in oncology
Read more: https://www.thorlaser.com/oralmucositis/
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Disclaimer: These comments by healthcare professionals and their patients are solely their own. They are uncompensated personal stories about how they have used, or been impacted by, light therapy. These uses have not been reviewed or cleared by FDA.
James Carroll, FRSM, CEO | THOR Photomedicine Ltd, Chesham, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom
Photobiomodulation for Orofacial Pain
Photobiomodulation (PBM) has many applications in dentistry with clinical trial evidence published for a wide range of painful pathologies, including postoperative pain, aphthous ulcers, orthodontic pain, burning mouth syndrome, postherpetic neuralgia, trigeminal neuralgia, stomatitis, oral mucositis, dentin hypersensitivity, temporomandibular disorder (TMD), and neck pain. PBM can also be used to desensitize teeth and even induce anesthesia.
How does PBM do this, what is the evidence, and how does one treat a patient? What treatment parameters (wavelength, power, beam area, irradiance, pulses, treatment time, energy and fluence) are required for a successful treatment? How much PBM is enough, how much is too much, how many treatments are needed, what intervals are required between treatment? What are the contraindications and treatment reactions, and are there any adverse effects? This presentation will address these issues.
- Relate the potential range of PBM applications.
- Describe how … Continue reading
He was a vital founding member of the World Association for Laser Therapy (WALT) and a long-standing cheerleader for Photobiomodulation (PBM) as it is now known.
As well as being Consultant Anaesthetist at The Royal Oldham Hospital UK, Kevin was medical director at Dr Kershaw’s Hospice.
Kevin also had the thankless task of being the WALT treasurer for many years. His leadership and steady hand ensured the organisation survived several problematic periods.
All who met him will remember his warmth, humour and generosity of spirit.
He will be forever memorialised in my LLLT/PBM presentations as he researched and published two of my favourite PBM papers of all time (abstracts below and links to some PDFs).