“Silent Epidemic”— Beating Traumatic Brain Injuries with Light Therapy

There exists a “silent epidemic” in America: traumatic brain injury (TBI). Brain injuries are a result of sports injuries to car crashes to falls. Resulting in fogginess to headaches to sleepless nights to memory loss. These symptoms have serious impacts on everyday life.

You want to get back to work and hanging with the family, but we know rest is very important to help the brain to self-heal. Don’t try to “tough it out”. It often makes symptoms worse. Slow down. Return to daily activities, once symptoms have reduced significantly. The more rest you get, the better you will start to feel. Watch out for those symptoms coming back. This means you are pushing yourself too hard. Ease up.

Brain Injuries Secret Weapon

A secret weapon to explore is LED light therapy. Using an at-home light therapy system can help. When light is delivered to the head, it increases blood flow to the injured brain, while decreasing pain and reducing inflammation. And, when the brain is put in the right environment, it regenerates nerve cells and self-heals. It is like a jump-start to a battery (neurons-nerve cells) promoting neurogenesis (the production of new brain cells). It helps with sleep, mood, and memory, which is essential in functioning with daily tasks.

Many research investigators believe photobiomodulation (PBM) for brain disorders will become one of the most important medical applications of light therapy in the coming years and decades.

Science confirms red and near-infrared light therapy works for traumatic brain injuries. Here are a few recent studies:

Shining light on the head: Photobiomodulation for brain disorders

Improved cognitive function after transcranial, light-emitting diode treatments in chronic, traumatic brain injury: two cases

Pulsed Transcranial Red/Near-Infrared Light Therapy Using Light-Emitting Diodes Improves Cerebral Blood Flow and Cognitive Function in Veterans with Chronic Traumatic Brain Injury: A Case Series