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Light therapy has made a big difference in many lives. From performance therapy, neurological injury and chronic pain to weight loss, healing skin or feeling energized - quality light therapy has given a safe, effective, enjoyable and easy option to feel good while meeting your health and fitness goals.

Brief explanation:

At iClub or the Inflammation Club, we are looking for advanced options for fighting inflammation for injury, sports, fitness, life, and , medications or surgeries. With decades of hard work and clinical experience Red light and Near Infra-red (R-NIR) laser or diodes have come of age. Whether by itself or clinically combined with other good options - R-NIR has seen both great research outcomes and clinical results in so many ways that it may seem a lot of hype. Well, all red light therapies of these wavelengths create cell energy for relief, repair, and rejuvenation.

However, not all R-NIR light therapy has the same power to penetrate dense muscle, fascia, ligaments, or even bone.The light is a photon with a small energy potential which can safely travel through our bodies until it reaches the cell powerhouse where it recharges our energy battery. Depending on the power (watts), frequency (5-5000 hz), and which wave length (600 nm to 1000 nm) the photons can reach safely through our bodies many types of cells.

Red light diodes are able to reach through skin a small distance, NIR lasers are able to safely reach deep or through our head to help brain cells. The way they create cell energy or ATP is the same: when the photon reaches the our cell energy powerhouse called the mitochondria, it shares that potential with the cytochome c oxidase enzyme to help it create cell energy called ATP.

Brief technical explanation

Full Video on TBI and concussions


R-NIR gives the cell the power to create cascades of healthy cell repair or rejuvenation:

ATP production without side effects or toxic by-products

Oxygenation mechanism- NO ROS, creating vascularization

Early response survival genes to protect/repair with transcription of intermediates

Neurogenesis and synatogenesis

Fibroblast support for faster healing response

Collegen production

Immediate pain relief

Release of trigger points

Better exercise recovery

Performance enhancement

Faster wound healing

Cerebral blood flow for improved cognition in all ages

Anxiety and Depression outcome scores improved

Treatment for TBI, concussions, stroke

As a chiropractic physician I treat musculo-skeltal conditions and provide supportive care for many conditions which affect our pain levels, cause degeneration and pre-mature aging. R-NIR has provided our clinic with a tool to safely provide relief and restorative care for many common complaints formerly heavily medicated or scheduled for surgery.

Our body wants to heal, but lacks the energy to overcome the interference creating chronic inflammation.

Some red light therapy options are not a high enough wavelength or have the power to create the results we see here; however all red light therapies help! For great results we combine the right treatment plan, correct red light sources, and clinical experience. With a well planned clinical approach, the doctor, fitness professional, client and patient can create higher expectations.

At the Bunge Clinic in Bluffton, SC we provide two powerful R-NIR sources:

980 nm 15 watt Class 4 Laser - covalent beam + power + frequencies to reach deep, through bone and fascia

TheraLight 360 "pod" - 45,000 diodes in 4 wavelngths enrich whole body in 10 minutes

Research and Clinical Results

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Pain and Inflammation

>can rapidly block pain transmission  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28075022

>Laser irradiation caused an immediate decrease in low back pain post-procedure similar to pain reduction caused by lidocaine injection. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27135465


Improve cerebral hemodynamics and cognitive abilities in humans

>Transcranial laser stimulation improves human cerebral oxygenation https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26817446

>and in particular light in the near infrared (NIr) range, is emerging as a safe and effective therapy that is capable of arresting neuronal death.  https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fnins.2015.00500/full

>A laser-fNIRS combination may be useful to stimulate and monitor cerebrovascular oxygenation associated with neurocognitive enhancement in healthy individuals and in those with prefrontal hypometabolism, such as in cognitive aging, dementia and many neuropsychiatric disorders. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31680847

>potential for treating or preventing deficits resulting from neuropsychological disorders or normal ageing. , Wisconsin Card Sorting Task that is considered the gold standard of executive function https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26017772


>This article reviews the state-of-the-art preclinical and clinical evidence regarding the efficacy of brain PBM therapy with diagrams https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29327206








>Near-infrared laser stimulation applied to the forehead can transcranially improve cerebral oxygenation in healthy humans. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26817446


>tPBM improved the cognitive, memory and neurological status of mice with Alzheimer's disease (AD) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31452991


>confirms that non-invasive transcranial NIR PBM therapy ameliorates hippocampal dysfunction, which is reflected in enhanced memory function https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29307593

>We demonstrated a significant, beneficial effect of t-PBM on cognitive performance of young, healthy individuals  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31549906

>has a potential to ameliorate aging-induced mitochondrial dysfunction, apoptosis, and cognitive impairment. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28735143

>may become important tools in the treatment or prevention of cognitive decline that can lead to dementia https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27324946

>memory loss and sleep deprivation https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29307593


>Research reveals – a new light has dawned (alternate chromophores) https://www.mdpi.com/2304-6732/6/3/77 or https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5066074/#bb0520

>Cerebral perfusion, new strategy for Alzheimer’s https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27324946

>Carotid artery testing and Alzheimer’s https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19560690

>has a potential to ameliorate aging-induced mitochondrial dysfunction, apoptosis, and cognitive impairment. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28735143


>protects against inflammation-induced endothelial dysfunction https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30145725

>healing after cancer treatment https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26984249 

There is a notable lack of therapeutic alternatives for what is fast becoming a global epidemic of traumatic brain injury (TBI). Photobiomodulation (PBM) employs red or near-infrared (NIR) light (600-1100nm) to stimulate healing, protect tissue from dying, increase mitochondrial function, improve blood flow, and tissue oxygenation. PBM can also act to reduce swelling, increase antioxidants, decrease inflammation, protect against apoptosis, and modulate microglial activation state. All these mechanisms of action strongly suggest that PBM delivered to the head should be beneficial in cases of both acute and chronic TBI. 2018 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29131369

>Our data suggest that a non-invasive transcranial application of LLLT given 4 h following TBI provides a significant long-term functional neurological benefit. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17439348

>The effectiveness of 810 nm agrees with previous publications, and together with the effectiveness of 660 nm and non-effectiveness of 730 and 980 nm can be explained by https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3397203/#R31

>showed significant improvements in executive function and verbal memory. There were also fewer post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms reported,  increased time asleep https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28001756

>Participants reported improved sleep, and fewer post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms, if present. Participants and family reported better ability to perform social, interpersonal, and occupational functions. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24568233

Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)


>Comparing wavelengths https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6024694/


>phototherapy improves motor responses in individuals with spinal cord injury https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29441450


Exercise Performance / Recovery

>number of finger taps in both right and left hands following the use of transcranial NIR-PBM in the real transcranial NIR-PBMC3 group significantly increased -  an indicator of motor performance improvement. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31875125

>Most of positive results were observed with an energy dose range from 20 to 60 J for small muscular groups and 60 to 300 J for large muscular groups https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29090398

>PBMT increased MIVC and decreased DOMS and levels of biochemical markers (p < 0.05) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29099680

>delay the onset of skeletal muscle fatigue in high-intensity exercises https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18649044

>phototherapy (with lasers and LEDs) improves muscular performance and accelerate recovery mainly when applied before exercise https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24249354

>LASER therapy is effective in improving skeletal muscle exercise capacity https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27272746

>Should PBM be permitted in athletic competition? PBM can increase muscle mass gained after training, and decrease inflammation and oxidative stress in muscle biopsies.  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27874264


>Women exercise fatigue reduced https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26714981

>Women exercise fatigue reduced https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23296713

Sexual Function

significantly greater than in subjects receiving sham  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30221776


combined application of PBMT and magnetic field increased the number of steps during the 6MST and decreased the sensation of dyspnea and lower limb fatigue in patients with COPD https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30255449

Injury / Post-Surgical wound healing

>Sutured wounds https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29603108

>operative wound healing https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17827885

>Burns https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25207838

>Collagen in muscle after trauma https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20701543

>Wound healing with higher power density https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19743962

>Helped when nicotine present (smokers) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21750957

>Improves survival with neurodegeneration https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20408982



Diabetic wound healing



>significant acceleration of epithelization and collagen synthesis https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18716824


>a Parkinson's disease patient showing improved movement and reduced tremor after application of 1072 nm  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6128061/ video:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9X-hjgay7pg

>2019 RTC on PD cost $35 https://www.brainstimjrnl.com/article/S1935-861X(19)30062-2/fulltext


>Online book from Prof. Hamblin and Huang https://books.google.com/books?hl=en&lr=&id=P0qiDwAAQBAJ&oi=fnd&pg=PP1&ots=hirw935hCS&sig=_BB-lgZH1EA0sQmdfOyUds9Nmh0#v=onepage&q&f=false

>The Potential of NIR therapy in Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fnins.2015.00500/full

>Google Scholar search Parkinsons and Red light therapy https://scholar.google.com/scholar?q=related:Pmy2ZBYII78J:scholar.google.com/&scioq=&hl=en&as_sdt=0,41


>There is no drug to slow, delay, stop, or cure Parkinson disease; available treatments are symptomatic. The dopamine precursor, l-3,4-dihydroxyphenylalanine (l-Dopa) still remains the gold standard symptomatic treatment of Parkinson. However, involuntary movements termed l-Dopa-induced dyskinesias appear in most patients after chronic treatment and may become disabling. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00702-017-1722-y



>suggest that t-PBM may have significant efficacy and good tolerability in MDD https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31819453

>t-PBM with NIR light demonstrated antidepressant properties with a medium to large effect size in patients with MDD. Replication is warranted, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30346890

Reporting Side Effects

Changes in weight and systolic blood pressure across groups were neither significant nor approached significance. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31647774


This review deals with physiological and biological mechanisms of neuropathic pain, that is, pain induced by injury or disease of the nervous system.  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11698024

Low back pain geyts worse, why?  -nociceptive neurones are chronically disinhibited and elicit continuous pain also in the absence of a noxious stimulus. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11793144


Photobiomodulation (PBM) is a clinically accepted tool in regenerative medicine and dentistry to improve tissue healing and repair and to restore the functional disability. 980 nm laser and Osteoblast maturation. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30842754


NIR cell respiration Creates reactive oxygen species for healing

Collegen and muscle repair Collegen Muscle regeneration after injury

980 nm PBM and bone pre-osteoblastic cells differentiation

Macrophage differentiation Transition from the inflammatory to the regeneration phase



Medical terminology seems confusing, however it is simply turning English into Latin or an anachronym to describe the condition and treatment for medical records. Arthritis of back joints = spondyloarthritis

Red light therapy: specific wavelengths which create therapeutic results

R-NIR: therapeutic red light wavelengths of Red and Near Infra-red

Wavelength: nanometers (nm) Red = 635 nm, NIR = 810 nm, 850 nm, 950 nm, 980 nm

Cell respiration: turning calories of fuel in to ATP for cell energy

Mitochondria: powerhouse of cell where ADP is recycled into ATP

Cytochrome C Oxidase: respiratory enzyme in mitochondria R-NIR light effects

Frequency: modulation of power (on/off) to increase absorption in cells

Watts: the total power output (1/2 watt vs 8-15 watts), often medium power is better than full power

Joules: the measure of dose of light you recieve

Red light therapy: 635 nm approx., penetrates superficial skin for healing effects

Near Infra-red (NIR): smaller wavelength and energy mean greater penetration through muscle, fascia, and bone

LED diode vs. LASER: diodes are less power and the light scatters, laser has a covalent bean for greater penetration

High Intensity Light Therapy (HILT) combining whole body and deep treatments for greater results

LLLT: low level light therapy - traditional 1/2 watt Class 3 laser

Class 4 LASER: covalent beam, higher power for penetration, 8-15 watts

Contraindications: none; risks associated with treatment, do not use for these types of conditions

Light therapy safety: absolute- protect eyes, skin cancer; relative- thyroid, gonads


Wikipedia for LLLT Wikipedia Low-level_laser_therapy

Pubmed for LLLT





There are a lot of tips to fight inflammation. From moving better to supplements, what are the most important and therefor the most benefit? For the long term we need to escape the cycle of aging and disease which oxidative stress brings so quickly. From daily fatigue to the beginning of arthritis - let's fix the causes and skip the side effects!

A quick 10 hidden causes to research:

Oxidized lipids - heating causes any fat (lipid) molecule to change for the worse

Food sensitivities - related to leaky gut and poor digestion, test 300+ of foods with ALCAT

Constipation - daily movement keeps toxins out of your body and reduces cancer risks

Breathing - chest breathing creates muscle and joint tension, reduces CO2 respiration

Nutritional deficits - add MSM, Omega fats, D3, B12 and multivitamins

Lack of rest - cell repairs depends on a good nights sleep especially when injured

Cell oxidative stress - poor cell energy means toxins build up and troubles begin

Fascia adhesions - create poor circulation and nerve stress

Patterns of movement - repetitive strain from changes in posture

Spine curves - loss of curves or restricted movement means disc inflammation

All these can easily be assessed, and many can be quickly improved. Protecting ourselves today by taking simple steps to improve our inflammation sources will mean both a longer life and it will mean we can set higher goals with the rejuvenation we now enjoy. Let there be light in our lives.


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Dr. Bunge, Bluffton office at 843.284.6959


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Technical References

Near infra-red light energy is absorbed by water in the cellular matrix providing an energy reserve which may be utilized by the cell in normal enzymatic activity. A clue to the possible mechanisms by which these frequencies promote cellular health.

Water is Sticky Business

Do all living things respond to light?