Light therapies have been used for healing since early recorded history. The use of light for medical purposes has evolved, and today we have photonic stimulation and Photobiomodulated light therapy. We explore the origins of this treatment and its benefits.
What Events Led to the Development of Photonic Stimulation?
In ancient times, this “heliotherapy” was based on religious beliefs and superstitions. By the end of the 19th century, sunlight was proven to kill bacteria. People took sun baths to treat scurvy, rickets, edema, rheumatic disease, and depression.
In the early 1900s, developers made devices that focused sunlight on the body to enhance their therapeutic effects. In 1926, quartz mercury vapor lights were used to treat open wounds of surgical tuberculosis. Blue light has been recommended for seasonal affective disorder since the early 1980s.
Low-intensity lasers have been instrumental in treating injuries and pain since the late 1960s. Research has shown this therapy to be effective in treating arthritis, soft tissue injuries, and pain. What makes lasers innovative is that they speed tissue healing using energy or photons. The energy is absorbed on a molecular level without heating the tissues. Increased molecular energy accelerates normal body chemical reactions and assists in healing.
Relief Through Photonic Stimulation
There is a relatively new device called a photonic stimulator (Firefly), which uses light therapy, and it’s FDA-approved for medical use. Like a laser, the photonic stimulator produces a single wavelengths of light (monochromatic in the range of 600-980 nanometers or nm). Unlike a laser, this light doesn’t emit a small beam but instead acts like a flashlight, with a handheld wand applying the energy. This device has been shown to have healing properties similar to low-level laser therapy and has been used worldwide for the last 20 years.
In addition, a photonic stimulator helps modulate the sympathetic nervous system, allowing the body regulate skin temperature. Because myofascial pain and reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD) pain are transmitted through the body via the sympathetic nervous system, an infrared camera proves useful in monitoring abnormalities and changes due to photonic stimulation.
At Blatman Health and Wellness Center, we use a photonic stimulator to treat:
- Back pain
• Restless legs
• Neuropathic pain
• Diabetic neuropathy
• RSD pain
- Abdominal pain and parasites
- Myofascial pain and trigger points
To learn more about the benefits of photonic stimulation, contact Blatman Health and Wellness Center. A team member can answer your questions, gather information about your health conditions or issues, and schedule an initial consultation.