PhotoBio-Modulation: Red, Blue & Infrared Light Therapy
The improvements in cellular function and energy levels generated by clinical red and infrared light therapy have been repeatedly demonstrated to provide a wide range of health benefits, including improved skin health, decreased effects of aging, improved cognitive functioning, decreased inflammatory response, increased collagen production, enhanced muscle recovery, reduced joint pain, fat loss, and improved sleep.
Our full-body red & infrared photobiomodulation units are FDA cleared as a medical device for the treatment of inflammatory conditions and skin concerns. The therapy was developed by the premier pioneer in medical photobiomodulation, Dr. Michael Hamblin, MD, a physician & clinical professor at Harvard Medical School. We love our next-level light therapy, & we know that you will, too! We are happy to tailor treatment to your particular area of concern, and the frequency of recommended use will depend on your desired outcome. We offer a vast array of packages to meet our patients' various and unique needs. As with all the medical care we provide, no two treatment plans will look the same, just as none of our patients look the same. Each individual treatment is completed in only 20 minutes, making the integrated use of our red light therapy an easy drop-in option. We offer extended evening hours, lunchtime hours & weekend hours to accommodate your schedule. Optimal benefits are derived from regular use and our environment is designed to allow you to integrate your therapy seamlessly into your life.
Blue Light Therapy
Blue light gets a bad rap because, mostly, the wavelength of average blue light exposure (e.g., from our iPhones & computer screens) is not great for us. However, isolated, intensive exposure to clinical-grade blue light wavelengths is a highly effective treatment option for cystic acne. Propionibacterium acnes is a pro-inflammatory, acne-causing bacteria that is particularly sensitive to blue light. Blue light therapy eliminates the bacteria found in the oil glands in the skin. The added presence of infrared light causes the oil glands to shrink in size. The result is less oil in the skin & less bacteria, leading to the resolution of acne in the treated areas. As with red & infrared light therapy options, blue light therapy is most effective when regularly implemented, & is available as a stand-alone treatment or an add-on option to enhance the results of another service.
Our light therapy is not a tanning salon offering. It is medical treatment. It is designed to target your specific concerns & to integrate into your individualized treatment plan.
The Power of Light...
"Light acts as a mild stressor on the body in a dose-dependent manner. We always consider stress to be a bad thing, but at low levels, stress can be good for us. It conditions our tissues and stimulates endogenous protective responses that prime us for either existing or future insult. There are plenty of other examples of things that are beneficial at low doses and damaging at high doses, such as dietary restriction, exercise, phytotoxins in plants, and ischemic conditioning. With light, we see what’s called a biphasic dose response. At low levels, there are benefits, and if you ramp it up too high in intensity (as with lasers that ablate tissues), then there is damage. Light serves a broadly protective role, meaning it should be effective against a range of conditions. It’s not a curative agent for any particular disease, but many conditions converge on common downstream pathways, such as oxidative stress, mitochondrial damage, and inflammation. By enhancing the resilience of our cells and our tissues with light, we essentially make them better able to cope with insults. At a molecular level, there are chromophores (entities that absorb light) that change via chemical reactions when exposed to light at particular wavelengths. As a result, various signaling pathways are triggered. For example, the enzyme cytochrome C oxidase, which lives in mitochondria, absorbs therapeutic light wavelengths and causes a redox change that leads to an increase in ATP production and transient bursts in reactive oxygen species, which can be beneficial at low levels. We’re still teasing out what the other downstream effects are. Depending on the context, there could be cell proliferation, a release of growth factors or neurotrophic factors in the brain, stimulation of stem cells, and other mechanisms that help ward off disease." -Daniel Johnstone, PhD, Neuroscientist
Light it Up!