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Photobiomodulation (PBM) is a cutting edge technology used to treat a multitude of conditions. PBM works to combat oxidative stress in your cells which decreases inflammation, relieves pain and accelerates healing. 

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Light is Essential

Whether you have minor aches and pains or severe chronic pain, Light Therapy gets to the root of the problem, relieving pain and other symptoms related to your illness or injury. ​Photobiomodulation (PBM) is the application of light (Low Level Laser and/or LED light) to the body. It helps restore normal cell function and enhance the body’s healing processes.

​Photo means "Light", Bio means "Life" and Modulation means to "Modify or Stimulate & Change". Photobiomodulation (PBM) works at the cellular level allowing the treatment to work for various ailments and injuries.

Did You Know...

PBM Treatment reduces cellular oxidative stress and promotes many natural healing processes.

As well as treating health conditions and injuries, PBM is widely used for overall wellness, performance enhancement, preventative care and anti-aging! 

Conditions Benefited by PBM

Muscle and Joint Pain

Sports, Work, and Personal Injuries

Arthritis Pain

TBI / Concussions

Surgery & Wound Healing

Dementia / Alzheimer’s

Tendonitis / Bursitis

Frozen Shoulder

Carpal Tunnel

TMJ Pain


Auto-Immune Conditions

Skin Conditions 
(Psoriasis, Eczema, Dermatitis)

Overall Wellness & Disease Prevention

Performance Enhancement


   And many more…


Research and Videos

With over 50 years of scientific study, Photobiomodulation (PBM) has been proven to reduce pain, improve function, and repair tissue. PBM has been used for many years on sports injuries, arthritic joints, neuropathic pain syndromes, back and neck pain and more. Over 500 randomized clinical trials have been published on PBM, half of which are on pain.

Research Studies

Getting Athletes Back in the Game: Photobiomodulation for Sports Injuries

Research Studies

PubMed studies (general)

Articles related to PBMT on the US National Library of Medicine / National Institutes of Health web site.

Research Studies

Performance Enhancement & Fatigue Reduction in Cyclists

Use of Low-Level Laser Therapy for Competitive Cyclists

Research Studies

PubMed study: PBMT & TBI and Stroke

Photobiomodulation for traumatic brain injury and stroke.

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PBMT / LLLT:  The Process

Mitochondria, Aging and Photobiomodulation Therapy / Low-Level Laser Therapy

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PubMed study on Brain Disorders

Shining light on the head: PBMT for brain disorders.


     How Does it Work? PBM is a Powerful Anti-Oxidant

When cells get stressed due to illness, injury, or aging, nitric oxide builds up, blocking oxygen from binding with our
 mitochondria and oxidative stress is produced. Our cells do not function optimally, which in turn affects our ability to heal. Our immune function can become impaired and aging is accelerated.

Our bodies run on energy produced by the mitochondria of each of our cells. Mitochondria are known as the powerhouses of the cell. They are organelles that take in nutrients, break them down, then combine oxygen to create energy-rich molecules for each cell. This energy, called ATP (adenosine triphosphate), is essential to our health and well being. 


In addition to improving the energy output from mitochondria to power cell function, ATP is also used as a signaling molecule in communications between nerve cells and other tissues.


Photobiomodulation (PBM) heals our cells.
At Luminous, our low level laser and LED light therapies produce beams of light at specific wavelengths, but without heat. The light from PBMT penetrates the mitochondria in our cells, releasing the nitric oxide and displacing oxidative stress. This process lets oxygen back in, allowing our mitochondria to produce ATP (energy) at optimal levels again. The release of nitric oxide results in increased circulation. Our cells can then work as nature intended them to, allowing our bodies to heal naturally. 

PBM is a very powerful way to eliminate oxidative stress (anti-oxidant) from damaged cells to reduce inflammation, swelling and pain, increase circulation and accelerate the natural healing process.

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