Red light therapy, often called photobiomodulation or low-level laser therapy, has gained remarkable attention recently due to its natural, non-invasive, and anti-ageing advantages.
This comprehensive guide delves into the science, history, benefits, and potential of red light therapy. We also introduce you to the wonders of the NovoTHOR Whole-Body Light Bed, proudly located at Avantir Wellness Centre – the first and only one of its kind in Asia.
Discover the array of healing benefits it offers, from pain relief and reduced fatigue to accelerated recovery and beyond. We invite you to enter a new realm of wellness and experience the transformative potential of NovoTHOR red light therapy at Avantir Wellness.
Red light therapy, scientifically known as photobiomodulation, harnesses the therapeutic potential of red or near-infrared light to stimulate essential cellular processes, fostering healing and facilitating tissue regeneration.
When red and near-infrared light are delivered at the appropriate wavelength, intensity, and duration, the mitochondria within our body’s cells respond by producing abundant energy.
This increased energy enables our cells to function more efficiently, facilitates skin repair, promotes new cell growth, reduces inflammation, and enhances skin rejuvenation.
As a non-invasive and painless treatment, red light therapy achieves these remarkable benefits without needing heat. It harnesses the power of light to stimulate natural healing processes within the body, offering a safe and effective way to improve overall well-being.
The History of Red Light Therapy
Red Light Therapy has been studied in over 500 human trials and 4,000 lab studies.
The history of red light therapy dates back to 1893 when Scandivanian scientist Dr Niels Ryberg Finsen discovered he could use red light to treat smallpox. He further explored the therapeutic benefits of phototherapy and successfully demonstrated its effectiveness in curing smallpox, lupus vulgaris, and various other illnesses.
In 1903, Dr Finsen was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine when the Nobel Prize committee recognised “his contribution to the treatment of diseases, especially lupus vulgaris, with concentrated light radiation, whereby he has opened a new avenue for medical science.”
Fast forward to October 1995, when red light sources from the visible spectrum of light were introduced during the second U.S. Microgravity Laboratory Spacelab mission (STS-73, Columbia) for plant growth experiments.
Astronauts attending to the plant growth chambers were astonished to discover that their minor scratches and wounds had begun healing. This observation sparked interest among researchers, mainly because nothing usually heals in space. NASA generously funded numerous years of research utilising these lights to conduct human trials.
The subsequent studies unveiled the potential of red light therapy as a deliberate form of photomedicine aimed at promoting health and facilitating healing. Visible light, especially red and near-infrared (NIR) wavelengths, can deeply penetrate biological tissues such as cells, muscle tissues, and nerve tissues, surpassing the penetration capabilities of green, blue, or violet light.
The NovoTHOR® Whole-Body Light Bed is a red light therapy bed that uses red and near-infrared light to reduce pain, relax muscles/joints, and increase blood circulation.
THOR has been at the forefront of the photobiomodulation (PBM) since 1991.
Originally designed to enhance athletic performance by addressing pain, inflammation, and tissue repair, the NovoTHOR received the prestigious Innovation of the Year award during its debut at the 2016 Elite Sports Rehabilitation Expo.
Building on their successful partnerships with esteemed institutions such as Harvard Medical School, UK and U.S. Military forces, and English Premier League soccer teams, THOR Photomedicine Ltd proudly introduced their latest sport and exercise recovery product—the NovoTHOR Whole Body Light Pod—at the 2016 Elite Sports Rehabilitation Expo on June 16th, where it received the Innovation of the Year award.
The NovoTHOR was specifically developed to optimise athletic performance, harnessing the power of Photobiomodulation (PBM), a technique extensively studied in thousands of experiments and hundreds of clinical trials and widely adopted in countless medical clinics and hospitals worldwide. PBM has proven effective in relieving pain, mitigating inflammation, and promoting tissue repair.
In contrast to the historically hand-held PBM devices that targeted one muscle at a time, the NovoTHOR revolutionised the approach by simultaneously delivering treatment to the entire body. This distinctive feature makes it an attractive choice for sports teams and exercise enthusiasts seeking performance improvement while maximising efficiency.
During a presentation to the United Nations, THOR’s founder & CEO, James Carroll, vividly illustrated the essence of PBM treatment, likening it to a scene from “Star Trek” where injured individuals are swiftly healed with a laser beam in the sick bay. While not as instantaneous as portrayed on TV, the concept holds—illuminating an injury with light can significantly expedite the healing process.
Every cell in our body contains millions of energy-generating powerhouses known as mitochondria. These tiny organelles provide the necessary ATP (adenosine triphosphate) for cellular energy release. Beyond energy production, ATP drives many vital cellular and physiological functions, including injury repair and pain relief.
When cells are damaged due to injury, trauma, stress, disease, or ageing effects, the mitochondria produce nitric oxide (NO). This, unfortunately, leads to a significant reduction or even a complete halt in ATP production, severely slowing down the healing process.
That’s where the NovoTHOR light pod comes in. By delivering PBM at the right frequency to affected cells, the NovoTHOR light pod stimulates the mitochondria to spring into action, almost immediately triggering increased ADP (adenosine diphosphate) production. This ADP then joins with free oxygen singlets to form ATP, effectively replenishing the cellular energy reserves.
When applied at the correct wavelength, density, and intensity, infrared light further enhances ATP production in damaged or resting mitochondria. Moreover, PBM therapy displaces nitric oxide, allowing oxygen to return to the cells, thus restoring ATP levels and reducing oxidative stress.
With normal mitochondrial function restored, cell metabolism improves and revitalises the body’s healing mechanisms. As a result, the NovoTHOR light pod accelerates the healing process, facilitating quicker recovery and fostering overall well-being.
The primary purpose of the NovoThor Light Pod is to reduce oxidative stress. But what exactly is oxidative stress? Oxidative stress can be described as an imbalance between free radicals and antioxidants within your body.
When your body fails to generate enough antioxidants to neutralise the free radicals, it creates an environment that promotes oxidative stress. This condition can lead to a range of degenerative ailments and inflammatory diseases.
This is where the NovoTHOR Whole-Body Light Pod proves its significance. This cutting-edge device utilises clinically tested wavelengths, power densities, and dosages of red light therapy to effectively reduce pain and inflammation and promote faster injury recovery times.
In one study by Dr Hamblin of Harvard Medical School, red light therapy effectively reduced inflammation in the brain, abdominal fat, wounds, lungs, and spinal cord.
By aiding the speed and quality of tissue regeneration and repair, reducing inflammation, and inducing analgesia, the receiver benefits from a rapid recovery, enhanced pain management, and greater ability to perform.
Athletes can thus benefit from NovoTHOR red light therapy for faster muscle recovery, reduced muscle soreness, and enhanced performance.
A study published in the journal Laser Therapy followed a group of university athletes. It measured the time they returned to play following a sports injury. The study found that those who used red light therapy to help with their injuries could return to play much faster than those who didn’t.
NovoTHOR red light therapy has demonstrated substantial potential for managing various chronic conditions.
For those dealing with knee pain, there’s good news: research highlights red light therapy’s effectiveness in lessening pain and enhancing the quality of life in patients with knee osteoarthritis.
Fibromyalgia is a chronic disorder with widespread musculoskeletal pain, tenderness, and fatigue. It often involves a variety of symptoms, including joint and muscle pain, sleep disturbances, cognitive difficulties (often referred to as “fibro fog”), and mood issues.
Findings from the British Pain Society highlight that NovoTHOR’s whole-body PBM (Photobiomodulation) considerably alleviated pain and enhanced the quality of life among fibromyalgia patients over a four-week treatment period.
If concerns about thinning hair have been on your mind, there’s a glimmer of hope. Research indicates that individuals who underwent red light therapy experienced enhanced hair density.
Research in The Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology reveals that red light therapy enhances tissue repair, rejuvenates skin, and boosts hyaluronic acid, collagen, and elastin production.
Numerous studies also highlight red light therapy’s effectiveness in refining skin texture, addressing acne, and reducing signs of ageing like wrinkles and age spots.
Preliminary studies suggest that red light therapy is a promising option to improve fertility by potentially enhancing reproductive health factors and optimising physiological conditions conducive to successful conception.
Interestingly, since 2012, a group of clinics in Denmark and Norway has been employing Photobiomodulation (PBM) to enhance pregnancy prospects among women dealing with fertility challenges.
By 2016, the number of treated women had reached 239, with 158 successful pregnancies, equivalent to a 66% success rate. By 2019, this figure had expanded to approximately 400 women treated, resulting in 260 pregnancies, representing a success rate of 65%.
The overarching conclusion drawn from these findings is that PBM presents a natural and non-intrusive therapeutic option for women grappling with reproductive health challenges, devoid of any adverse effects.
Red light therapy has exhibited potential as a treatment option for conditions like depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and traumatic brain injury.
A 2019 study revealed that brain stimulation through red light alleviated anxiety symptoms in those with generalised anxiety disorder. Participants also reported better sleep following treatment.
Furthermore, a Behavioural and Brain Functions study suggested that red light therapy could help with depression symptoms within just two weeks after a single treatment.
NovoTHOR red light therapy could contribute to overall well-being by promoting relaxation, improved sleep, and increased energy levels, even for those without specific chronic conditions.
Scientific research has demonstrated that red light therapy can increase your body’s natural melatonin production, facilitating improved sleep quality.
It’s important to note that while there is growing evidence supporting the potential benefits of red light therapy, individual responses can vary. Before starting any new therapy, especially for managing chronic conditions, it is advisable to consult a healthcare professional to ensure it aligns with your unique health needs and circumstances.
As you embark on this transformative experience, it’s natural to have questions about what unfolds during a Novothor red light therapy session and how it can impact your well-being. In this guide, we’ll address common concerns and provide insights into what you can expect, demystifying the journey ahead and empowering you to make the most of your time with NovoTHOR.
1. What conditions can NovoTHOR PBM help with?
NovoTHOR PBM is highly effective for acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions such as sports injuries, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, chronic back and neck pain, post-surgery rehab for increased flexibility and mobility, neuropathy, arthritis pain, plantar fasciitis, gout, oral mucositis, TMD and more.
Other benefits include reduced hair loss, improved sleep quality and collagen production, improving skin elasticity and slowing ageing.
2. How long does a NovoTHOR red-light therapy session last?
Each session lasts for 20 minutes.
3. What Should I Wear During Treatment?
For an optimal treatment experience, we recommend our clients wear minimal clothing, such as underwear or a swimsuit. The effectiveness of the therapy is heightened when more skin is exposed to the light.
4. How should I prepare myself?
Please remove any jewellery that might reflect light or scratch the bed, minimise makeup, and avoid using lotions with light-blocking agents. The aim is to enhance light penetration into your skin. Staying hydrated is crucial for treatment success, so drink water consistently throughout the day!
5. Will I require eye protection?
No, the wavelengths of red and near-infrared light and the light densities used are beneficial for your eyes. However, we do provide comfort goggles if you prefer to use them.
6. What Can I Expect During Red Light Therapy (PBM):
PBM Therapy differs from high-intensity lasers as it does not generate heat within the tissue. However, it does stimulate circulation, often leading to a gentle warming sensation. While individual experiences may vary, here are some of the reported outcomes from our clients:
It is important to note that these outcomes may not apply to everyone, and we do not guarantee or promise that every individual will achieve the same results. Each person’s response to PBM Therapy can be unique.
On occasion, some clients may experience mild fatigue, discomfort, or aches after a session. Rest assured that these responses usually diminish within 24-48 hours. Please inform your Recovery Specialist for appropriate guidance and support if any discomfort persists.
At Avantir Wellness, we strive to provide a positive and transformative experience for all our clients, and we are here to address any concerns or questions you may have during or after your therapy session. Your well-being is our top priority, and we look forward to helping you improve your health and vitality.
7. How does NovoTHOR differ from other red light therapy devices?
The NovoTHOR Whole-Body Light Pod is an FDA class II medical-grade device that has been designed and manufactured in the USA through a series of rigorous clinical trials. It uses red (660 nm) and infrared (850 nm) light and is a more powerful treatment than red light therapy alone.
Also, it is a full-body treatment device that works from head to toe at the same time in less than 15 minutes.
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8. How much does NovoTHOR Whole-body PBM therapy cost?
At Avantir Wellness, our goal is to make the benefits of NovoTHOR red light therapy accessible and affordable for our clients. We offer packages that are thoughtfully designed to help you save money while enjoying the advantages of this cutting-edge therapy.
To get detailed pricing information and explore the packages tailored to your needs, we encourage you to reach out to us directly. You can easily contact us via WhatsApp or by giving us a call at (+65) 8852 0279. Our knowledgeable team will be more than happy to provide you with all the information you need to embark on your journey towards improved wellness through NovoTHOR Whole-body PBM therapy.
No, similar to teeth whitening and cosmetic procedures, NovoTHOR Red Light Therapy is not covered by insurance.
As we explore the benefits of NovoTHOR as a modern medical therapy, we must also understand the safety aspects. This section focuses on the precautions and situations where NovoTHOR might not be suitable, ensuring that those considering the treatment are well informed about its potential effects and limitations.
While it is unlikely for a combination of NovoTHOR and medication to trigger a photosensitivity reaction, some patients may be taking drugs or natural remedies known to cause such reactions. To ensure safety, THOR recommends “at risk” patients or those with a history of photosensitivity reactions undergo a “patch test” for the minimum recommended treatment time before receiving NovoTHOR therapy.
Following a NovoTHOR treatment, patients might experience various sensations, such as localised warmth, tingling, or changes in symptoms, typically within 24 hours.
In some cases, patients may also encounter sensations like nausea or dizziness. In rare cases, people complain of a headache. These side effects should not last more than 48 hours; If they persist, it is advised to discontinue NovoTHOR treatment.
Patients with metal implants, plastics, stitches, or those fitted with a pacemaker can safely undergo NovoTHOR therapy without any concerns.
The benefits of NovoTHOR treatment are considerable, but there are certain circumstances in which caution should be exercised. If you have any of the following conditions, please notify your technician before utilising the Novothor:
For safety reasons, NovoTHOR should not be used directly over the pregnant uterus. However, it can be used carefully as an adjunct treatment for pregnant women looking to ease back pain or other issues, along with other suitable remedies.
NovoTHOR shouldn’t be used on any known cancer-related sores. However, NovoTHOR might be an option for managing pain during the terminal stages of the illness. In these cases, getting permission from the patient and their doctor is crucial before starting the therapy.
For safety, THOR recommends “at risk” patients or those with photosensitivity history to have a “patch test” before NovoTHOR therapy, despite the low likelihood of photosensitivity reactions from combining NovoTHOR and medication.
With its remarkable potential to accelerate recovery, reduce fatigue, and optimise overall well-being, NovoTHOR has seamlessly integrated into the routines of athletes, helping them reach new heights of excellence.
It’s no surprise that Singapore Marathoner Evan Chee has dubbed the healing effects of NovoTHOR Red Light Therapy as nothing short of a “Miracle!”
Former Singapore National Bowler Grace Young, also found relief through NovoTHOR Red Light Therapy. After just a few sessions, her chronic knee pain significantly decreased, allowing her to sustain her active lifestyle. With consistent weekly sessions, she observed heightened energy levels and expedited healing.
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Jill Alphonso, an editor, branding consultant, and yoga teacher, turned to NovoTHOR Red Light Therapy after fracturing her foot. She experienced pain relief, improved healing, and enhanced circulation after sessions. Dealing with hip issues and inflammation, she found regular therapy visits beneficial for managing flare-ups and enhancing overall well-being.
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These are only a few examples of the success stories we’ve witnessed from the transformative impact of NovoTHOR Red Light Therapy. You can find many more at https://www.avantirwellness.com/novothor/.
Research continues to reveal many benefits from red light therapy, suggesting it can enhance overall wellness and work well with healthy habits. However, it’s essential to understand that red light therapy isn’t the sole solution for significant body changes. It should be combined with a balanced diet and regular exercise to maximise its benefits.
Ultimately, considering red light therapy can be valuable if it fits your budget and you’re committed to a healthier lifestyle.
Presently, NovoTHOR® Red Light Therapy is experiencing a global surge in demand. An example of its growing popularity can be seen at Shepherd University, a public institution located in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, U.S.A. The university’s Wellness Centre has incorporated the NovoTHOR® light bed into its offerings.
Through photobiomodulation (PBM), also known as red light therapy, the centre aims to enhance individuals’ health and well-being by triggering the body’s innate healing and pain-relieving mechanisms.
Light therapy has recently garnered increasing attention and potentially revolutionises brain health, especially concerning neurodegenerative conditions.
Various trends are currently emerging, and one noteworthy trend involves the application of red light therapy in skin care. This trend is evidenced by the introduction of light therapy face masks by brands like Dior and Lucibel.
Numerous companies and industry leaders are actively innovating light therapy products for diverse applications. Undeniably, the future of red light therapy looks extremely bright.
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