A collection of light therapy research articles on the benefits of light therapy use for nerve damage.
NOTE: Researchers use several terms to describe “light therapy”. Photobiomodulation, low level light therapy (LLLT), phototherapy, photon therapy, photo energy, heliotherapy, and sometimes red, blue or (near) infrared radiation are synonymous; they all refer to light therapy.
Light therapy helps preserve muscle activity following nerve damage
In this study, part of the sciatic nerve was removed and the affected muscle area was observed for 30 days with the addition of light therapy. This area where the light therapy was applied, showed a significant reduction in muscle breakdown that would normally be observed following the innervation to the muscle. It was then concluded that light therapy would benefit by in the early stages of muscle atrophy, preserving the denervated muscle.
Light therapy benefits sciatic nerve injury
After researchers evaluated using light therapy following injury to the sciatic nerve, they concluded that “based on these results, it is recommended that Low level light therapy should be started as soon as possible after peripheral nerve injury”.
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