How does it work?
Healing – Stimulatory effects
Just like plants have a light sensitive molecule, chlorophyll, in each cell that allows light to be converted into chemical energy, mammals also have photoactive molecules, primarily cytochrome C, in all of their cells to convert light into chemical energy.
Cytochrome C oxidase is found in the mitochondria in every cell as part of the chemical reaction that produces ATP, the cell’s energy packets. When tissue sustains an injury, whether through physical damage or infection, this chemical is displaced by nitric oxide (NO), thus slowing repair, causing oxidative stress and inflammation while constricting vessels. With the application of light of certain wavelengths in certain amounts, this displacement is reversed, so energy production can resume and vessels dilate, speeding the ability of the cell to produce DNA for cell repair, increase production of collagen for repair to muscles, tendons, and ligaments, increase blood flow to bring nutrients, and increase lymphatic drainage to remove toxins and reduce swelling.
Pain reduction – Inhibitory and stimulatory effects
Locally, the pain signal can be blocked through inhibition of transport in the axon of the nerve.
Pain is felt by pain sensors that cause the sharp immediate pain of injury (A-delta fibers) and slower ache sensors that are activated usually 4-48 hours after injury (C fibers). The A-delta fibers are myelinated and so insulated, but the C fibers are not, so light of certain wavelengths can easily reach them. With the application of light energy, the signal is blocked by increases in NO and ROS (Reactive Oxygen Species), an increase in the action potential in the cytoskeleton, and a decrease in the membrane potential of the mitochondria and decrease in ATP production.
Systemically, pain is also reduced by stimulating the release of endorphins.
Both locally and systemically, pain is further reduced by the blockade of the inflammatory process and reduction in the swelling of inflammation.
Procedure - Applying the right energy to the right tissue
Tissue at the sight of injury is given a stimulatory dose to enhance cellular repair and increase blood flow to bring nutrients to the cells.
The lymph nodes are also given a stimulatory dose to open up the drainage of damaged cellular debris away from the site to help healing and reduce swelling and pain.
The nerves are treated with an inhibitory dose to block pain signals at points of sensitivity, trigger points, or at the switching center for pain transmission, the dorsal root ganglia.
Acute injuries may be treated up to twice a day for several days and then at longer intervals. The goal is to speed th ehealing process and decrease pain.
Chronic injuries may be treated more gradually over longer periods of time, guide by response. Follow-up treatments maintain comfort.
The goal is to manage the problem with reduced or no pain medications and possibly without surgery. After the first treatment, discomfort may increase temporarily as chronic inflammation is made acute as part of the healing process.
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