Photobiomodulation/Low Level Light Therapy and Traumatic Brain Injury
Disclaimer: This blog is simply discussing a medical study done in controlled parameters by scientists and medically experienced individuals.This isn't meant as a means of medical advise or treatment for such at home. If you or a loved one have suffered any kind of injury, please seek proper medical evaluation and treatment. We are not responsible if you take such upon yourself. You have been warned.
When it comes to the human body, it is very obvious that we all have a sense of fragility instilled in all of us and can only take so much damage before things begin to suffer over a course of a long time to come. That some injuries we sustain through our lives can be changing at both the point of infliction as well as post injury and even into the stages of recovery and alter our lives in ways that can be as different as night and day especially regarding brain injuries. That when a person suffers a brain injury whether it be a sports injury or someone who's found of brawling. However, there may be hope for those who've suffered such and a possibility to at least reverse the effects and get the affected individual back to their old selves. And all thanks Photobiomodulation(PBM)/Low Level Laser(Light) Therapy(LLLT).
In a review published by the provided link at the bottom of this article, a study was done regarding the use of LLLT in the regards of different diseases and conditions of the brain from injury to stroke and even Alzheimer's. The study begins to address the results in rates first regarding rats due to their similarities to humans in regards of how we respond to certain medications and forms of treatment. And through the studies preformed, one of the interesting results found was regarding the rats used in the experiments regarding head injuries showed that exposure to certain laser frequencies over a course of time can help reduce a TBI lesion as compared to the SHAM group and reduce loss of cortical tissue. It was also found that different frequencies of the lasers and their wavelength also played a role in the speed of the healing of these injuries as well. This also accounts for those who were afflicted with the human equivalent of a mild head injury as well as those who've suffered serious injury.
When brought to the human testing phase, people used in this portion of the studies were people who've suffered head injuries regarding incidents like motor vehicle crashes to sports to even Improvised Explosive Device (IED). In those who participated, both those involved with the trials as well as the family of those who were attending such report a number of positive results regarding the treatment. Reduced restlessness, reduced PTSD symptoms and even a change in social behavior and reaction to situations just to sight a few. Even some of the symptoms to follow post injury like anxiety or depression was also significantly reduced or completely cleared all together.