Photobiomodulation …. It’s a bit of a mouthful, but this is the ‘new’ word that is now used to define all Therapies that use Light as their medium. Thankfully it is more often than not abbreviated to …. PBM !!
Read the Review in the latest edition of the journal Photobiomodulation, Photomedicine and Laser Surgery written by its Editor-In-Chief, Michael Hamblin
The new wording however, does not change the way light works and interacts with every cell in the body.
Photobiomodulation (aka Laser Therapy) succeeds directly because of its intricate interaction with tissue – it supplies energy, in the form of photons (packets of light energy) to cells that are compromised – whether stressed, injured or diseased – and is used to help heal wounds, control infection, strengthen tendons and ligaments or mend fractured bones.
In more detail ….
In their normal state, cells already use bio-photons from the cells’ own DNA, not only to communicate with each other, but in the manufacture of ATP (Adenosine-Tri-Phosphate) – which is the energy cells need in order to do their ‘job’.
PBM doesn’t ‘mask’ what’s wrong with the cells, nor does it take their job away like some drugs do…. it merely offers compromised cells ‘energy’ – in a form the cells already know how to use – thus allowing them to function to their optimum level.
It is only a change in name, the Therapy stays the same – however PBM does more accurately describe the effect light has on tissue …..
Photo (light) – Bio (of the body) – Modulation (adjustment)
So there you have it !!