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Shining a Light on Low-Level Laser Therapy: Brain Rehabilitation Simplified

Low-level laser therapy (LLLT), also known as photobiomodulation, is an innovative treatment method with significant potential in brain rehabilitation. By using red, infrared, green, and violet light to stimulate healing, relieve pain, and reduce inflammation, it addresses a range of neurological conditions, including traumatic and acquired brain injuries, cognitive impairments, and learning and behavioral disorders such as OCD, anxiety, ADHD, addiction, and more. This non-invasive treatment approach offers the possibility of enhanced neurorecovery and overall improved mental health outcomes.

Understanding Low-Level Laser Therapy

At APEX Brain Centers, we recognize the potential benefits of low-level laser therapy (LLLT). LLLT is a light therapy that applies low-power lasers to the body’s surface. Visible light and infrared portions of the electromagnetic spectrum, ranging from approximately 400-800 nm, produce the best clinical outcomes in laser therapy for the conditions we see.

LLLT, known as photobiomodulation, is considered a “cold laser therapy” due to its non-thermal properties. Cold laser therapy doesn’t cause a temperature rise in treated tissue, avoiding changes in tissue architecture (i.e. burns) during the process. LLLT enhances energy (ATP) production in cells, decreases pain and inflammation, stimulates collagen metabolism and wound healing, and increases cellular signaling among many other benefits.

The Role of Photobiomodulation in Healing

Photobiomodulation (PBM) is a healing process that utilizes low-level laser light to enhance cellular activity and promote tissue repair. In our practice at APEX Brain Centers, PBM is an essential part of our comprehensive treatment approach for brain injury, cognitive impairment, and learning and behavioral disorders; as well as neurodegenerative diseases and performance enhancement.

Benefits on Cells and Tissue

One of the main effects of PBM is the enhancement of cellular proliferation and increased adenosine triphosphate (ATP) production within the mitochondria. This outcome improves cellular activity and energy levels, which are essential for healing and recovery.

PBM also stimulates the release of growth factors and promotes healing by regulating cell signaling and protein synthesis. This ability to influence cellular behavior makes PBM an effective treatment option for improving brain function, particularly in brain injury rehabilitation.

Impact on Inflammation

PBM modulates inflammation in various tissues, including the brain, by inhibiting inflammatory cells and promoting tissue repair. By doing so, PBM can enhance the healing process, reduce oxidative stress, and support long-term neurological health.

Reducing inflammation also plays a crucial role in supporting individuals dealing with brain injuries, cognitive impairment, and learning and behavioral disorders; as well as newer concerns like long-hauler’s syndrome subsequent to COVID infection. APEX Brain Centers’ multi-modal approach addresses these inflammation-related issues, ultimately helping our clients achieve better cognitive and emotional health.

Low-Level Laser Therapy in Brain Rehabilitation

At APEX Brain Centers, we have been using low-level laser therapy (LLLT) as an effective metabolic support method for brain rehabilitation for many years. In this section, we will discuss how LLLT can be used for brain injury, treating neurodegenerative diseases, and for stroke rehabilitation.

Photobiomodulation for Brain Injury

Low-level laser therapy, also known as photobiomodulation, has shown potential in treating various types of brain injuries, including traumatic brain injury (TBI). LLLT uses various wavelengths of light to stimulate cellular processes, promoting healing and reducing inflammation. In cases of brain injury, this can lead to improved blood flow, reduced neuroinflammation, and enhanced neurogenesis; which allow for more effective neurorehabilitation of these injuries. 

Potential in Treating Neurodegenerative Diseases

LLLT has shown promise in treating neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Mitochondrial dysfunction is a key factor in these diseases, which increases oxidative stress and inflammation. LLLT improves mitochondrial function and reduces oxidative stress, potentially slowing neurodegenerative disease progression. Additionally, LLLT can stimulate neurogenesis and improve cognitive performance in animal models of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.

Low-Level Laser Therapy in Stroke Rehabilitation

Stroke rehabilitation is another area where LLLT can be effective. In cases of global ischemia caused by stroke, LLLT can help promote healing by increasing cerebral blood flow and reducing neuroinflammation. The increased blood flow ultimately leads to the improvement of functional outcomes and the reduction of stroke-related disabilities. In our practice at APEX Brain Centers, we focus on providing comprehensive care to address the needs of individuals with brain injuries. Our approach includes an emphasis on functional neurology, low-level laser therapy, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, and neurofeedback. We also utilize balance and vestibular therapies, eye movement rehabilitation, frequency-based modalities, metabolic and nutritional therapies, and home care programs to support recovery and promote optimum mental health.

Exploring Applications of Low-Level Laser Therapy

In Clinical Trials

Low-level laser therapy, or photobiomodulation (PBM), has gained increasing interest in recent years for its potential applications in brain rehabilitation. Several clinical trials explore the efficacy of this non-invasive treatment method in various conditions. For instance, some trials have investigated the potential benefits of transcranial photobiomodulation in treating dementia, major depression, and anxiety disorders.

At APEX Brain Centers, we have adopted low-level laser therapy as part of our comprehensive care approach for individuals with brain injuries, cognitive impairment, and learning and behavioral disorders such as OCD, anxiety, ADHD, and addiction.

In Medicine

The medical field has also embraced the potential applications of low-level laser therapy to support healing and recovery. This therapy works by stimulating cellular processes that contribute to improved brain function and overall health.

At APEX Brain Centers, we aim to provide patients with the most effective care possible by integrating low-level laser therapy with other evidence-based techniques. It is essential to remain up-to-date with the latest research and clinical findings to ensure the best possible outcomes in brain rehabilitation.

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Footnotes

  1. Photobiomodulation: The Clinical Applications of Low-Level Light Therapy ↩

Dr. Michael S. Trayford is a Board Certified Chiropractic Neurologist and Neurofeedback Specialist with over 20 years of experience in the practice of advanced functional neurology. He is one of the most highly sought-after brain rehabilitation specialists because of the life-changing outcomes his patients consistently experience. After over a decade in private practice and working alongside other pioneers in the field, Dr. Trayford developed his multimodal intensive brain training and rehabilitation program built around the science of Neuroplasticity – the ability of the brain to learn and grow dependent upon the stimulation it receives from its environment. He later founded APEX Brain Centers to combine his ground-breaking rehabilitation approach with a unique patient and caretaker-centered care model. Under Dr. Trayford’s leadership, APEX Brain Centers has successfully treated thousands of patients and earned the reputation of a world-renowned brain training and rehabilitation practice. Since its inception, Dr. Trayford has been a leader of the Brain Training revolution treating patients worldwide. In addition, he is a published journal contributor and international lecturer. His experience with various patients of all ages and neurological conditions has given him a unique perspective on brain health and human performance. He is also well-versed in collaborating with other health care professionals, making him an invaluable asset to any care team. Dr. Trayford was awarded the Functional Neurologist of the Year distinction by the International Association of Functional Neurology and Rehabilitation, where he is a proud member and conference lecturer. Currently, he serves on the Advisory Council for the Dementia Society of America and the Board of Directors for the International Society for Neuroregulation and Research. He is also a servant leader who has dedicated his adult life to serving multiple communities through Rotary International and other notable causes. When he’s not treating patients, Dr. Trayford usually reads or researches anything related to the brain, human performance, and leadership. He also loves spending time outdoors with his wife Denise, their two daughters, and dogs in the beautiful mountains of western North Carolina. https://www.linkedin.com/in/drmichaeltrayford/

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