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The Infrared Medussa utilizes the same FDA Cleared-technology as our other Infrared Therapy products which are patented, work at the cellular level, and use the same technology NASA uses aboard the Space Shuttle, and the same technology used by the NAVY Seals. It contains deeper penetration and more powerful medical Light Emitting Diodes(LEDs).
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STUDY from Photomed
Laser Surg. 2011 May;29(5):351-8. doi: 10.1089/pho.2010.2814. Epub 2010
BACKGROUND: Significant benefits have been reported following application of transcranial, low-level laser therapy (LLLT) to humans with acute stroke and mice with acute TBI. These are the first case reports documenting improved cognitive function in chronic, TBI patients treated with transcranial LED.
METHODS: Treatments were applied bilaterally and to midline sagittal areas using LED cluster heads [2.1? diameter, 61 diodes (9?×?633?nm, 52?×?870?nm); 12-15?mW per diode; total power: 500?mW; 22.2?mW/cm(2); 13.3?J/cm(2) at scalp (estimated 0.4?J/cm(2) to cortex)].
RESULTS: Seven years after closed-head TBI from a motor vehicle accident, Patient 1 began transcranial LED treatments. Pre-LED, her ability for sustained attention (computer work) lasted 20 min. After eight weekly LED treatments, her sustained attention time increased to 3 h. The patient performs nightly home treatments (5 years); if she stops treating for more than 2 weeks, she regresses. Patient 2 had a history of closed-head trauma (sports/military, and recent fall), and magnetic resonance imaging showed frontoparietal atrophy. Pre-LED, she was on medical disability for 5 months. After 4 months of nightly LED treatments at home, medical disability discontinued; she returned to working full-time as an executive consultant with an international technology consulting firm. Neuropsychological testing after 9 months of transcranial LED indicated significant improvement (+1, +2SD) in executive function (inhibition, inhibition accuracy) and memory, as well as reduction in post-traumatic stress disorder. If she stops treating for more than 1 week, she regresses. At the time of this report, both patients are continuing treatment.
CONCLUSIONS: Transcranial LED may improve cognition, reduce costs in TBI treatment, and be applied at home. Controlled studies are warranted.
Therapy May Improve Cognitive Function after Traumatic Brain Injury
Margaret Naeser, PhD, LAc, VA Boston Healthcare System, Boston University School of Medicine, and colleagues from Massachusetts General Hospital, and Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, in Boston, and MedX Health Inc. (Mississauga, ON, Canada), report on the use of transcranial LED-based light therapy to treat two patients with longstanding traumatic brain injury (TBI). Each patient applied LEDs nightly and demonstrated substantial improvement in cognitive function, including improved memory, inhibition, and ability to sustain attention and focus. One patient was able to discontinue medical disability and return to full-time work. These cognitive gains decreased if the patients stopped treatment for a few weeks and returned when treatment was restarted. Both patients are continuing LED treatments in the home. The findings are presented in "Improved Cognitive Function After Transcranial, Light-Emitting Diode Treatments in Chronic, Traumatic Brain Injury: Two Case Reports."
"We've already seen how using LEDs can improve a
bone-marrow transplant patient's quality of life," said Dr. Harry Whelan,
professor of neurology, pediatrics and hyperbaric medicine at the Medical
College of Wisconsin.
"It may seem strange to some people because it is very much a change in the whole paradigm of medicine, which has been pretty much poisons and knives up until this point. The use of natural energy at an intensity that is brighter than the sun, but still nonetheless near infrared light at wavelengths that are helpful and not harmful, to enhance the cells' natural biochemistry truly has a lot of potential in the medical arena," says Whelan.
What is Infrared Therapy?Principles of phototherapy were established at the end of the nineteenth century by N.R. Fineness, a Nobel Prize winner, for application of light treatment of psoriases, kemicterus, and as photodynamic therapy (POT) in the treatment of cancer. Phototherapy was advanced with introduction of laser treatment, initially in surgery. The development of the infrared (830 nm) gallium-aluminum-arsenide and the red (633nm) helium-neon low power laser, introduced phototherapy in would healing and analgesia. Many investigators have described successful pain treatment in a variety of diseases.Photo-stimulation was first discovered in the 1960s when European scientists began to use light beams of specific wavelengths and frequencies to treat damaged cell tissues. Today, that technology has been harnessed into portable,light-emitting-diode (LED), hand-held units. LEDs emit light of a narrow band of frequencies, and have different wavelengths or color characteristics.
The use of monochromatic low intensity infrared laser and LED diodes has been promoted in several countries for many years as an effective treatment for arthritis, soft tissue injuries and pain. Infrared Diode Therapy has been used as a monochromatic device since around 1960. It was not until 1998 that Polychromatic Infrared Diode Therapy was developed and first used in the United States.
It is becoming increasingly rare to find a physiotherapy department or clinic without access to this modality. There still seems to be some skepticism regarding this type of therapy, even though Polychromatic Devices are being used by Medical Doctors, Nurses, Veterinarians, Equine Therapists, Chiropractors, Anesthesiologists, Dentists, Massage Therapists, Physical Therapist, and many more. More and more publications within the medical and scientific community attest to the clinical usefulness of these devices and their many biological effects upon the cells.
Medical Doctors, Veterinarians, Equine Therapists, Horse Owners, and etc. are beginning to realize the benefits of this non-invasive tool. Many are using the technology for the resolution of sports related and accidental injuries in horses and human, and as well as many other uses.
Studies show when light therapy breaks through blocked energy, the light enters and stimulates the cells as photons. The photons are absorbed by the photoreceptors within the cell. Photons strike the damaged tissue including skin, blood, muscle, and bone, and create a cellular response which reduces pain and jump-starts the healing process. The wavelengths are very effective at penetrating living tissue without any harmful side effects.
Light therapy has been shown in over 40 years of independent research worldwide to deliver powerful therapeutic benefits to living tissues and organisms. Both visible and infrared light have been shown to effect at least 24 different positive changes at a cellular level. Visible light penetrates tissue to a depth of about 8-10 mm. It is very beneficial in treating problems close to the surface such as wounds, cuts, scars, trigger and acupuncture points and is particularly effective in treating infections. Infrared light (904nm) penetrates to a depth of about 30-40mm which makes it more effective for bones, joints, deep muscle, etc.
Depth of penetration is defined as the depth at which 60% of the light is absorbed by the tissue, while 40% of the light will continue to be absorbed in a manner that is less fully understood. Treating points with light can have a dramatic effect on remote and internal areas of the body through the stimulation of nerves, acupuncture and trigger points that perform function not unlike transmission cables.
The technology is now becoming accepted and widely used in human medicine as well. Light therapy stimulates the natural healing power in the cells of the body. This tool uses the energy of light, called photon energy, to stimulate the activity of certain cell components. By using photo energy, you have a simple, effective, non-pharmacological medical alternative. Conservative management of acute and chronic injuries and postoperative wounds has come to include the use of photo energy because it is quickly effective, cost effective, and easy to administer.
Future LED Applications
Much research is underway on the use of medical LED therapy to determine whether there are other applications for light therapy. "Research is currently being done on the different effects of different spectrums of light on living tissues," says Braden. It is thought that the visible red spectrum, which is roughly in the 600 to 700 nanometer range, is effective with surface issues such as wound care and that higher wavelengths, including infrared, are more penetrating. Studies also suggest that going down to the 400 or 500 nanometer spectrum, which is blue light, is now FDA approved as effective for treating skin disorders including acne and scarring.
Light is energy that moves
in a wave pattern. Light is also characterized by its wavelength in the
electromagnetic spectrum. These therapeutic colors of photo energy lie
between the infrared and ultraviolet wavelengths. This combination of
infrared and visible light wavelengths is believed therapeutic. There are
components in the tissue and blood that absorbs these wavelengths and
activate normal cell activity that may have been disrupted by injury or
sickness. The reason for this increased cell activity is the photon. The
photon is the energy portion of the light wave. For this reason we often
refer to this therapy as PHOTON THERAPY.
There are no known side effects to Infrared Light Therapy treatment. Patients who are pregnant or who might be pregnant, and patients with active malignancy (cancer) should avoid this therapy.