Category Archives: Research

Masters graduate found LED therapy had positive effect on muscular performance

Tom Hemmings, a Masters graduate student at Georgia Southern University

Great news, Tom Hemmings, a Masters graduate student at Georgia Southern University, found that LED therapy had a positive effect on muscular performance. THOR helped Tom decide on a thesis topic in December 2013, which he completed this past week.

The study itself identified the effects of various dosages of LED on the total repetitions performed during an eccentric leg extension. The dosages of 60 seconds and 120 seconds on each point were found to significantly increase repetitions when compared with the placebo trial.

This study suggests that LED can enhance muscular performance when … Continue reading

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Literature watch update: End 2014

130 new LLLT papers for you including a systematic review on shoulder tendinopathies, a lovely article review in an orthopaedics journal by Howard Cotler, four systematic reviews on orthodontic tooth movement, a trial showing LEDs improve sperm motility, another systematic review on oral mucositis and much more.

The Efficacy of Low-Level Laser Therapy for Shoulder Tendinopathy: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials.

Haslerud S, Magnussen LH, Joensen J, Lopes-Martins RA, Bjordal JM

Centre for Evidence Based Practice, Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, NorPhyPain Research Group, Bergen University College, Bergen, Norway; Department of Global Public Health and Primary Care, Physiotherapy Research Group, University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway.

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THOR Literature watch January – May 2014

173 new LLLT papers for you this month. The big news is that “laser regenerates teeth” (details here) and that LED improves symptoms in chronic Traumatic Brain Injury patients (details here).  There is my latest paper on LLLT in dentistry, an LED vs Laser study on oral mucostits and a cost effectiveness study for OM, laser vs corticosteroid for subacromial impingement syndrome, LLLT reduction of postoperative complications Post Myocardial Revascularization, a single case report on LLLT for retinitis pigmentosa, an RCT on carpal tunnel syndrome, a multicentre RCT on Male and Female Pattern Hair Loss, a study on the effect of LED on … Continue reading

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Transcranial LLLT for Chronic mild Traumatic Brain Injury

The VA, Boston University and Harvard Medical School published the results of a Transcranial LLLT (LED) pilot study on mild Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Incredibly; TBI is a leading cause of death and disability among children and young adults in the United States. Each year an estimated 1.5 million Americans sustain a TBI, 50,000 people die as a consequence, 230,000 are hospitalized and an estimated 5.3 million currently live with a permanent TBI-related disability (because there is no cure). This study showed significant improvement in Executive Function, Verbal Learning, Long Delay Free Recall and fewer post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms. Participants and family reported better ability to perform social, interpersonal, and occupational functions. This was a … Continue reading

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THOR Literature watch for December 2013 LLLT Low Level Laser Therapy

28 papers for December 2013 starting with a good narrative editorial from Richard Godine DVM who make good points about dose, penetration and treatment guidelines for pets. There is an LLLT study on TMJ pain, a couple of orthodontic tooth movement papers, a clinical trial on subacromial impingement syndrome, Jan Tuner wrote a nice op ed  regarding a failed tinnitus trial pointing out the obvious dosimetry flaws. There is a trial on muscle fatigue in young women, a lichen planus study, gingival hyperplasia and much more (of course).

Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) in Veterinary Medicine.

Godine, RL

Ruckersville Animal Hospital and Veterinary Laser Therapy Center , Ruckersville, Virginia.

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THOR Literature watch for November 2013 Low Level Laser Therapy / Cold Laser / Photobiomodulation PBM

43 LLLT papers for you this month including: Three systematic reviews with meta-analysis on LLLT 1) before, during and after exercises, 2) frozen shoulder/adhesive capsulitis, 3) subacromial impingement syndrome. ALSO a trial showing increased muscle torque in elite athletes, reduced oral mucositis in pediatric cancer patients, LED for TMJ dysfunction, Laser vs LED dentin hypersensitivity, combined autologous PRP and LED for venous ulcers, LED after eccentric exercise (it seems to be a big month for LEDs ) and delightful editorial from Kevin Moore on the early years for LLLT and the World Association for Laser Therapy (WALT).

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THOR LLLT research, training & conference news Oct 2013

35 papers for you this month: a trial on oral complications in patients with H&N cancer, a meta-analysis of LLLT for oral mucositis, an LLLT neck pain systematic review, a review of laser in orthodontics, a clinical trial on hair growth with LED and laser, and finally another attempt to big up “class IV laser” by misleading readers about parameters. See my rant here.

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