|Photo” means “light.|
“Bio” means “life”
“Modulation” means “a change” in something.
The term, “photobiomodulation” marks the formal acceptance of light therapy into modern conventional medicine. However, the therapy is not new. Research goes back decades and has been published by major universities all over the world. Since medical researchers have started bringing light into the lab, there has been an unending and ever more promising list of conditions that can be treated, prevented, or even reversed with light.
Here is a very short list of common examples, already FDA approved and available:
anti-aging (collagen production & wrinkle reduction)
hair loss prevention & hair regrowth
fat loss stem cell production
Here are the types of things in the research stages and clinical trials with light therapy:
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Spinal cord injuries & nerve regeneration
It works because our cells contain “chromophores” which literally absorb light. Once the light is absorbed, it sets off a complex group of physical and chemical reactions within the cell. These reactions can and do extend to cells that have not even been exposed to the light.
At The Compass we offer complementary Red Light/Infrared during our Therapy & Relaxation Bodywork Treatments to allow you these additional benefits every session: alleviation of pain alleviation of inflammation stimulating the immune system wound healing tissue regeneration We also offer a PhytoDynamic Skin Therapy which may be added to any facial treatment or as a stand-alone service.
The study of the benefits of red light as a skin care treatment goes back as far as 1903, at which time Niels Finsen won the Nobel Prize in Physiology when he used these wavelengths to speed up the healing of smallpox on the skin and to prevent scarring from occurring.
Research has shown that red, blue, green & amber light therapy can:
Reduce erythema (skin redness)
Improve healing in wounds and lesions
Activate the skin-homing immune system
Provide photo-aging reversal and anti-inflammatory benefits
Promote fibroblast (collagen) production
Reduce redness and the appearance of scarring