Photobiomodulation Therapy:
All You Need To Know

What is PBM - Photobiomodulation?

Photobiomodulation embraces the known fact that light is an Essential Supplement. Our unit is the most powerful machine on the market and delivers the dose in the least amount of time. We have 5 Wavelengths of Light 1-Green, 2-Red & 2-Infrared. It is delivered in Just 8-12 Min 3X/Wk. These powerful rays restore our cells. The ARRC (Advanced Rejuvenation and Recovery Chamber) ATP provides Photobiomodulation (PBM) Therapy which is the application of Red, Green, and Near-Infrared light and has been clinically proven to reduce inflammation, support immune function, and stimulate cellular repair, resulting in improved muscle performance, improved joint motion, enhanced wound healing and much more. It is safe, relaxing, and has no known negative side effects.

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In recent studies, Photobiomodulation has demonstrated increased exercise capacity and longer exercise times and improved biomarkers (including reduced lactate, creatine kinase, and CRP) after exercise in people treated with red and infrared light. Photobiomodulation has also been reported to release certain brain compounds that positively affect mood and sleep.

How Does PBM Work?

The use of visible and near-infrared (NIR) light for reducing pain, inflammation, and edema, has been known for almost forty years. The effects are photochemical – just like photosynthesis in plants. 

First, we must understand a bit about the cell itself. The air we breathe and the food we eat are combined in the cell to create cellular energy called Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP). The actual process occurs in the electron transport chain, which is located in the mitochondria, the cell’s power plant. 

Located at the final step of this chain is an enzyme called Cytochrome C Oxidase (Cox). It is where oxygen attaches, and ATP is produced with water as a byproduct.

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The Problem

Traditional medical issues are generally caused by toxicity (pesticides, air/water pollution, sugar, alcohol, processed foods) are treated with toxicity (pharmaceuticals) which all have side effects and only treat symptoms. 

This creates a cascade of dysfunction, which creates the negative side effects we see.

The Solution

Photobiomodulation treats the cells with photons that energize, nourish, and detoxify cells. 

Photobiomodulation eliminates Oxidative stress/toxicity from the body!

It triples the output of our mitochondria (energy factories of cells) and Activates the DNA to repair in those same areas of the body that toxins are being released from. 

As the cells get healthy, the tissues, organs, and systems get healthy. You get better! It’s a cumulative process brought on by consistently applying this wonderful technology and living a healthier lifestyle!

The Total-Body Benefits of PBM Therapy

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4 Systematic Benefits of Photobiomodulation

Aesthetic Benefits

Collagen thickening of 138-211% is reported in studies suggesting that photobiomodulation may improve skintone for some and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Green is a very powerful surface energy that may be effective for bacterial and viral conditions and it has been shown in studies to actually outperform red/NIR for wound healing.

Cognitive Benefits

LED Light Therapy, particularly Near Infrared, has been shown in research to be extraordinary for helping people with brain injuries or in cognitive decline. CTE’s and TBI seem to respond well to Near Infrared energies in the brain. Numerous reports of veterans with PTSD find improvement, and as well cases are reported where Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease sufferers improve to the point where they can again speak, recall and comprehend. As Dr. Mercola states photobiomodulation with Near Infrared light may be a powerful mediator for the ‘tsunami of future Alzheimer’s patients’ that are expected to flood the nation as baby boomers become elderly.

Performance Benefits

Athletic performance has been shown to be enhanced by photobiomodulation in all the right ways. Athletes seem to increase single rep max (strength), total reps prior to failure (endurance) and total reps within a given period of time (speed). It goes without saying that an athlete who is stronger, faster and has more endurance will be more successful. We anticipate that PBM will be a staple for every professional and high level elite athlete. In fact the ATP system is used by professional franchises, universities and every branch of the US military.
In addition to the performance enhancing benefits of LED Light Therapy research suggests the athlete is protected during competition from fatigue and injury. This ‘preconditioning’ has also been suggested to help pre-surgical candidates.

Wellness Benefits

This category of benefit is too broad to begin to touch in a few short words. Generally speaking people are finding reductions in pain and inflammation from conditions like arthritis, neuropathy, injury, surgery and even neurological issues. People are reporting that their allergies are releasing, their sleep is improved and their energy is better.

PBM Helps You Feel, Think, Look
& Perform Better

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Feel Alive

Oxidative Stress, Improve Energy Metabolism, Reduce Pain & Inflammation

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Think Clearly

PBM has demonstrated clinical benefits for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Stroke, PTSD & TBI. (Traumatic Brain Injury)

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Look Younger

Increases Collagen & Elastin to improve skin tone while nutrients enrich hair and eyelashes and reduce outbreaks.


Perform Professionally

From the NFL, MMA & Premier Soccer to every branch of the US Military, the ARRC’s ATP PBM helps elite athletes improve speed, strength, endurance & recover.

Photobiomodulation is also Used to Treat Many Chronic Conditions

FAQ about PBM

PBMT works at the cellular level, stimulating repair and normalizing cell function. Many therapies only address symptoms, without addressing the source. With that said, chronic degenerative changes often cannot be “healed”, instead they must be managed. PBMT is a safe, effective, non-pharmaceutical way to manage pain and inflammation.

  • is non-invasive
  • is non-toxic
  • has no side effects
  • promotes cell regeneration
  • reduces
  • inflammation and pain

That depends on you and your “Human Variables”. Every person’s condition is unique, therefore there treatment course is as well. However, there are some general rules of thumb that apply to PBMT. Acute injuries and inflammation from muscle strains and sprains, cuts, bruises, burns, etc typically show very rapid improvement and can resolve in 2-3 treatments. Long-term, chronic conditions can take as many as 12 sessions to get significant benefits.

Therapy can be done daily, however that is not always practical or convenient. Minimum interval recommendation is 2-3 times per week until your goals are met, then 1-2 times per week for ongoing maintenance. For individuals who exercise frequently or at high levels, 3-5 timed per week is recommended for optimal recovery.

You can disrobe to your level of comfort. It best done with least amount of clothing, either a bikini or briefs.

Unlike high intensity lasers, PBM Therapy does not heat tissue. It does, however, increase circulation so a warming sensation is often experienced. Occasionally, some clients may experience mild fatigue, discomfort, or aches after a session. These responses should reduce after 24-48 hours; if they persist notify us.

Don’t rely on opinion, look at the science

There are over 3,000 studies on LED Light Therapy(PBMT), now called Photobiomodulation. We recommend the NIH website for controlled, peer reviewed and published studies to get what may be the best pure science. Manufacturer based studies are frequently skewed to the biases of the manufacturer and the products they sell.

Read what researchers from Mass General, Harvard and Boston University conclude about LED Light Therapy.

Downstream cellular response (

There have been a large number of both animal model and clinical studies that demonstrated highly beneficial LLLT effects on a variety of diseases, injuries, and has been widely used in both chronic and acute conditions (see Figure 7). LLLT may enhance neovascularisation, promote angiogenesis and increase collagen synthesis to promote healing of acute (Hopkins et al. 2004) and chronic wounds (Yu et al. 1997). LLLT provided acceleration of cutaneous wound healing in rats with a biphasic dose response favoring lower doses (Corazza et al. 2007). LLLT can also stimulate healing of deeper structures such as nerves (Gigo-Benato et al.2004), tendons (Fillipin et al. 2005), cartilage (Morrone et al. 2000), bones (Weberet al. 2006) and even internal organs (Shao et al. 2005). LLLT can reduce pain (Bjordal et al. 2006a), inflammation (Bjordal et al. 2006b) and swelling (Carati et al. 2003) caused by injuries, degenerative diseases or autoimmune diseases. Oron reported beneficial effect of LLLT on repair processes after injury or ischemia in skeletal and heart muscles in multiple animal models in vivo (Ad and Oron 2001Oron et al. 2001aOron et al. 2001bYaakobi et al. 2001). LLLT has been used to mitigate damage after strokes (in both animals (Lapchak et al. 2008) and humans (Lampl et al. 2007), after traumatic brain injury (Oron et al. 2007) and after spinal cord injury (Wu et al. 2009).

Common Diagnostics

Minor Aches & Pain

Pain is reduced via PBMt’s analgesic affect on nerve fibers, reduction of inflammatory cytokines and circulatory (healing) benefit. Post Surgical: We conclude that PBMt is effective in decreasing pain intensity and post-surgery inflammation in patients receiving total hip arthroplasty.
Lasers Med Sci. 2018 Dec;33(9):1933-1940. doi: 10.1007/s10103-018-2558-x. Epub 2018 Jun 16. Photobiomodulation or Low level laser therapy with the suggested dose range significantly reduces pain and improves health status in chronic joint disorders, but the heterogeneity in patient samples, treatment procedures and trial design calls for cautious interpretation of the results.
Aust J Physiother. 2003;49(2):107-16.

Weight Loss

Red / Near Infrared photons in the right wavelengths and intensity have been shown to ‘punch holes’ in the walls of fat cells. Post treatment movement (vibration/exercise) then evacuates fat from the cells, shrinking the cells reducing weight and size.

CONCLUSION: Improvements in body mass, BMI, body fat mass, lean mass, visceral fat, waist circumference, insulin, HOMA-IR, total cholesterol, LDL-cholesterol, triglycerides, and ANP in both groups were demonstrated. Only the Phototherapy group showed a reduction in interleukin-6 and an increase in WNT5 signaling. In addition, it was possible to observe a higher magnitude change for the fat mass, insulin, HOMA-IR, and FGF-21 variables in the Phototherapy group. In the present investigation, it was demonstrated that exercise training associated with LLLT promotes an improvement in body composition and inflammatory processes as previously demonstrated. The Phototherapy group especially presented positive modifications of WNT5 signaling, FGF-21, and ANP, possible biomarkers associated with browning adiposity processes. This suggests that this kind of intervention promotes results applicable in clinical practice to control obesity and related comorbidities. Lasers Med Sci. 2018 Aug;33(6):1245-1254. doi: 10.1007/s10103-018-2465-1. Epub 2018 Feb 23.
CONCLUSION: Our results demonstrated for the first time that phototherapy enhances the physical exercise effects in obese women undergoing weight loss treatment promoting significant changes in inflexibility metabolic profile. Lasers Surg Med. 2015 Oct;47(8):634-42. doi: 10.1002/lsm.22395. Epub 2015 Jul 29.

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