Episode 45

Photobiomodulation with Scott Nelson


March 19th, 2020

1 hr 46 secs

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About this Episode

Research examining photobiomodulation, previously known as low level laser (light) therapy, shows promise for a wide range of ailments, from musculoskeletal complaints to degenerative diseases and psychiatric disorders. This episode covers all the basics and more, including a discussion regarding its mechanism of action and existing research as well as practical advice such as how to choose a light therapy device. Settle in as this podcast serves up a perfect introduction to photobiomouldation.

*Key Highlights *

• How Scott Nelson arrived in the world of photobiomodulation (3:20)
• The foundations (6:30)
• How the body harnesses and uses light energy (9:40)
• Diving into the applications of light therapy (15:00)
• Examining the clinical studies (19:40)
• Psychiatric and cognitive health (20:50)
• Pain and inflammation (31:00)
• Cancer (33:00)
• What else does photobiomodulation have to offer? (42:30)
• Choosing a device for you and your patients (45:00)

Useful links and resources:

Light therapy device:
Joov - https://joovv.com/
Transcranial Photobiomodulation for the Treatment of Major Depressive Disorder. The ELATED-2 Pilot Trial - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30346890
Effects of Low-Level Laser Therapy in Autism Spectrum Disorder - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29956199
Systematic review of photobiomodulation for the management of oral mucositis in cancer patients and clinical practice guidelines - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31286228