What is PBM?
Photobiomodulation (PBM) is used in thousands of clinics around the world today.
PBM therapy is the application of red and near-infrared light to diseased or injured tissues to reduce inflammation, promote regeneration and enhance immune resilience. PBM triggers photochemical changes in the body in the same way photosynthesis effects plants, or sunlight effects vitamin D synthesis.
Photobiomodulation (PBM) is a noninvasive, FDA cleared, medical technology. Our goal is to expand PBM’s “indications for use” to encompass the broad spectrum of PBM’s benefits for everyone.
PBM has been used in over 100 million patient treatments without any documented side effects.
Our goal is to promote the rapid adoption of PBM, known as “bench to bedside”, to benefit everyone.
Public and Private Health Insurers and Providers are starting to cover PBM.
The Centers for Disease Control recommends LLLT/PBM in their Updated Clinical Practice Guideline for Pain Care and Opioid Use. Noninvasive Nonpharmacologic Approaches to Subacute and Chronic Pain
Current Procedural Terminology (CPT)
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Photobiomodulation Therapy (PBM Therapy), previously known as Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT), is a low intensity visible and near-infrared light therapy which is applied to joints, injuries and the nerves that supply them . The effects are analgesic, anti-inflammatory and regenerative (the light improves the rate of tissue healing) . PBM Therapy is usually applied multiple times a week for several weeks, which leads to substantial relief. There is significant evidence from over 700 RCTs, and systematic reviews that show benefits of PBM Therapy is effective for musculoskeletal [3-5], neuropathic , and reduces the need for opioids by managing pain . The treatments are safe  and noninvasive . It is recommended for preventing oral mucositis and other side-effects of chemotherapy .
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