When I first began hearing about the benefits of Light Therapy (Photobiomodulation – PBM) for brain health, I needed to see the science. As a Light Therapist, I knew Light Therapy had a ton of benefits for humans and animals alike. However, even I was skeptical about it helping people with brain disorders. Light going through the skull seemed a bit much. My skepticism was put to rest within a few years of becoming a Light Therapist. It turns out near infrared light (NIR) does penetrate … [Read more...] about Light Therapy for Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
The picture below shows where on the spectrum of light Near Infrared Light is found. It should be noted that Near Infrared Light is not visible to the human eye. Near infrared light is known to have a penetration depth of 20-100mm. That's up to almost four inches! The average male skull is .25 of an inch thick and an average female skull is .28 of an inch thick. See the picture below. So Near Infrared Light penetrates through the skull and the protective layers between the skull … [Read more...] about Near Infrared Light Therapy
Probably the most researched areas of Light Therapy (Photobiomodulation) is Red Light Therapy. The picture below shows where on the spectrum of visible light (to the human eye) red light's range is. Red Light is known to have a penetration depth of 8-10mm. Looking at the ruler below, that doesn't seem like it goes that far into the body. However, when you look at a cross section of the skin, you can see Red Light penetrates into the the lowest layer, the subcutaneous … [Read more...] about Red Light & the Subcutaneous Layer
There are many articles on the internet saying that blue light is bad for you. Depending on the article's title, it's easy to see they are talking about the blue light in your technology. Such as scrolling through your cell phone or tablet before bed. However, sentences like this, "It's no secret that blue light harms our vision by damaging the eye's retina." (https://www.businessinsider.com/blue-light-from-smartphones-and-laptops-can-make-us-blind-according-to-study-2018-8) has people asking … [Read more...] about Blue Light – Good or Bad?
We all know sunlight is an essential nutrient. We learn about photosynthesis in school, we know lack of sunlight in the winter can affect people with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), babies are put under light for jaundice, and we know some sunlight is beneficial for our overall health. The thing is, we also know too much time in the sun can lead to sunburns and other skin damage. So how is modulated light, in this case Photobiomodulation, LLLT (Low Level Light Therapy), Light Therapy, … [Read more...] about Modulated Light vs Sunlight