Oxygen in Conjunction with Photobiomodulation
Oxygen is critical to optimizing cellular function and ultimately maximizing the body's ability to operate and heal itself. All healing begins at the cellular level, and sick cells need more cellular energy in the form of ATP to maximize cellular function and to restore themselves. Oxygen is the key to the process of ATP production proceeding at optimal levels. When cellular damage or injury occurs in whatever form, basic science research has shown that the result is an increase in oxidative stress. Oxidative stress is the result of an imbalance between the production of free radicals (or reactive oxygen species [ROS]) and the ability of the body to counteract or detoxify their harmful effects through neutralization by antioxidants1.
Photobiomodulation Therapy (PBMT) works in part by uncoupling certain ROS from the light-sensitive cytochromes in the mitochondria. These ROS are impeding the ability to produce more cellular energy in the form of ATP by competitively binding where the necessary oxygen should bind in the cell, effectively stagnating the cell's ability to form ATP which is vital for cellular regeneration, repair and healing. If PBMT can dislodge the ROS, then adding in oxygen during a PBMT session may support the cell's natural processes.
Empirical and anecdotal evidence of the use of PBMT combined with oxygen has been shown in select cases to assist with brain function and healing, particularly traumatic brain injuries and strokes as well as neurodegenerative disorders like multiple sclerosis. Since oxygen is essential in healing of all forms, the addition of oxygen to a PBMT session can give the body even more support to heal itself!