Friday, April 21, 2023

Theralight Report (Part 2)- A Chiropractor Addressing a Wider Set of Issues

In our continued search for the next voice in support of Integrative and Functional wellness, our editors opted to follow the trail of innovative (or "alternative") healing technologies to the doorsteps of those who truly believe in their benefits.  In this case, an early report featuring Dr. Jennifer Stagg and her use of the THERALIGHT 360 prompted us to meet other therapists to get more insight in its clinical uses.

Meet Dr. Scott Schaeffer of Westchester Total Health (Mt Kisco, NY). His treatment approach, in addition to spinal manipulation includes a wide array of modalities and physiotherapy. In our discussion about the Theralight 360 device (and other near-infrared technologies), we covered his holistic and integrative approach to bringing full-body wellness to his patients. Dr. Schaeffer identified his commitment to researching for the latest proven innovations to address soft-tissue injuries, musculoskeletal dysfunction and other inflammatory conditions that his patients commonly present with. "There's so much out there", he started. Learning about these new healing concepts, "whatever I can use within my scope of practice to help people safely and 
non-invasively... I'm going to find it!" 

Transcript from the interview with Dr. Scott Schaffer (4/19/2023)

The Theralight 360 is one of the few full-body red light therapy units on the market.  Other common terms for red light therapy are photobiomodulation (PBM), low level laser therapy, cold laser therapy or near infrared red therapy (NIR).  In a nutshell, red light therapy is scientifically supported to benefit and treat conditions caused by the pervasive suffix “itis”, more commonly known as INFLAMMATION.  I purchased the Theralight 360 approximately 3+ years ago in search of more for my patients. I do a lot of good with conventional chiropractic work, but there's always evolving treatment options out there in the therapeutic and clinical world. You just have to do a little digging and climbing to find it.  I first learned about the growing use of red light therapy (light-emitting diodes and laser diodes) from an oral surgeon who used this technology to help expedite healing in post-surgical patients. He seemed to have great success with it, so I went on a red light therapy journey.  

In an effort to find the best full-body red light pod on the market I traveled around the country experiencing the various units, their similarities and differences.  I landed on what I felt was the best unit on the market and with little leap of faith I committed to buying my first; they're not cheap as you can imagine. Fellow practitioner and my wife Dr. Lisa Cavaliere also agreed that this was the ONE!  So, we continued down the red light therapy path and we’ve been pleased ever since.  From arthritis to skin conditions, anxiety to depression, poor sleep to immune support, pre-workout boosts to post-workout recovery the 360 degree red light therapy treatment covers just about everything, literally.  Additionally, the Theralight 360 is non-invasive and safe, it’s comprised of some of the healthiest and most researched wavelengths of light in phototherapeutics. 

Comparatively the Theralight 360 is not an expensive treatment but it's not always easy to get people to try it since this treatment must be paid for "out of pocket".  So, in an effort to give a patient the experience of red light therapy I will offer them a "trial" so they can at least feel the positive effects of the healing light before making financial decision.  First and foremost, even if you don't see immediate results, it feels fantastic being in Theralight 360 (laugh). The 15-20 minute session is extremely comforting – what I would imagine being in the womb may feel like or a cocoon of warm light. Typically, the first thing people report is a “tingling” feeling during the session, this is because the body releases a substance called nitric oxide during the treatment causing your arteries to dilate thus improving circulation.  Another common bonus of being exposed to the red light is that clients will typically experience a very sound sleep that evening (yes, we treat people with difficulty sleeping also).

Source: Westchester Total Health

In the past, I wouldn't have had much to offer to address non-musculoskeletal conditions like depression or anxiety, but now it's so prevalent, especially in the young population that it’s difficult to ignore.  In fact, it’s not uncommon that musculoskeletal discomfort creates or exacerbates an underlying depression or anxiety. 

Oftentimes, in the process of managing someone's back pain we have a dialogue about their life and what ails them. If it’s revealed that they are struggling with another condition like depression, anxiety, “brain fog”, sleep issues, lack of energy, etc. or their family members need help managing particular emotional stressor, then I may suggest that patient explore the Theralight 360.  Typically, these diagnoses are treated allopathically, but if red light therapy is a whole-body wellness solution that also benefits non-musculoskeletal conditions then of course I’ll suggest it – there’s nothing to lose.

Another popular condition that clients are finding great help with are disorders of the skin (psoriasis, eczema, rosacea, etc.). Again, this is a condition that I would never have expected to address in my office a few years back but have found that RLT is a successful treatment option for that as well.  I have patients that come in weekly to treat various skin ailments with the Theralight 360 often finding improvement.

*Coming up, check out our follow up story about our own Dr. Bard visiting Dr. Scott Schaeffer's health center in Mt. Kisco, NY to experience a full test drive of the Theralight360.  This meeting is part of Dr. Bard's pilgrimage to seek out and collaborate with innovative clinicians aligned with non-invasive therapeutic technologies. His mission is also dedicated to exploring the current non-invasive Bioenergy therapeutic solutions -including the science behind PEMF (Pulsed Electromagnetic Field therapy), Biofeedback, Radiotherapy, Neuro-stimulation and the varying options of light therapy - TBA

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’Infrared’ refers to a type of light that is below the spectrum of visible light. The naked eye cannot see this type of light. Light is measured in wavelengths, and to further define infrared, there are near infrared (NIR) and far infrared (FIR) wavelengths. FIR is what is typically found in many of the devices sold to the general public like infrared blankets and saunas. (Although, saunas, combine heat with light so the effects of FIR are not comparable.) FIR offers some mild effects, but it doesn’t penetrate the body as much as NIR. As a result, most clinical research published to date is on visible red/NIR because these have been shown to be more effective. (See full review)

: IPHA NEWS and HEALTH TECH REPORTER covers DEMO DAY at the Bard Diagnostic Imaging Center in NYC @ March 7, 2023.  National clinical trainer Mark Murdoch speaks in an interview about the Aspen Laser  technology while he treats registered patients suffering from various chronic disorders (including a rotator cuff tear & other MSK joint injuries,  psoriatic arthritis and psoriasis on the skin. (See full review)

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By: Lennard M. Gettz, Ed.D

Since 2021, I collaborated on a publishing project with Dr. Robert L. Bard (diagnostic imaging specialist) to conduct a tech performance review about AxioBionics wearable therapeutic device.  This was the impetus to our advocacy group and educational initiative aptly called HEALTH TECH REPORTER whose goals are to seek out and test drive the latest in non-invasive therapeutic solutions and publish reports on the validity of their claims and health advantages.  

In early 2023, we launched an event series called HEALTH TECH DEMO DAY in Dr. Bard's diagnostic imaging practice in NYC. This became the central ground for hosting manufacturers showcase of their latest devices where they provide actual case demonstrations directly to our reporters and Dr. Bard's patients.  

Our 2023 search brought us together with a remarkable advancement in red light therapy by a company called Aspen Laser (See event report on March 7, 2023) where a Demo Day with their rep was a great success. Shortly after the event, a heartfelt thanks and congratulatory letter was sent to CEO and founder Mr. Charles Vorwaller for a fantastic product.  A stunning surprise was granted us directly by Mr. Vorwaller who immediately booked a 

With a growing set of clues about the strength behind this company (and their truly fearless leader), his energy and enthusiasm to connect aligned with t


11/18/2022- RED LIGHT THERAPY FOR TBI (By: Jennifer Stagg, ND) Within the past decade, ads for Red Light Therapy (RLT) devices have exponentially appeared in the health, wellness and commercial markets- drawing significant attention to their claims and challenging their efficacy.  As with all technologies, many variables are to be considered as far as concluding on their proposed health benefits. Published reports from clinical (valid) studies detailing the utility of RLT in human health.  Encouraging reviews indicate that there is a growing body of evidence for the use of RLT in traumatic brain injury (TBI) and neurodegenerative processes, including Stroke and Parkinson’s disease. 

Photobiomodulation is what we're actually doing when we look at red and near infrared light.  (it’s different from far infrared-that's a sauna creating deep heating in the tissue and sweating out toxins). Photobiomodulation is the application of red and near infrared light to tissue where there is disease or dysfunction.  The mechanism of action of light is very simple. It doesn't treat any specific disease or diagnosis, but it treats the underlying cause of all dysfunction in the body (all disease) and that is cellular health and wellness.

Within the cell, oxygen is supposed to flow into the mitochondria, which is the powerhouse of the cell, and that's supposed to produce adenosine triphosphate or ATP.  This is what every cell in the body uses for energy.  Due to exposure to via environmental toxins, lack of sleep, stress, injury and disease, lack of exercise, too much exercise, not enough sunlight, poor nutrition etc. oxygen flows in the cell and then it's bound by nitric oxide. That binding of nitric oxide with oxygen forms a deadly particle called a free radical.  This causes two problems: #1- that oxygen is now not free to go into the mitochondria- so our ATP production in the body drops.  #2- there's the abundance of free radicals is the root of every disease. It's the gene expression for things like cancer, heart disease and diabetes.  So what light does very simply is when we shine light in and we can get light into the cell at the right wavelength, dosage and power density, it simply unbinds the oxygen particle and the nitric oxide particle and the free radical is dissipated into the blood vessel walls. So now we have removed free radicals and inflammation inside the cell. Also, the oxygen respiratory chain starts up again and that oxygen particle is allowed to flow into the mitochondria, and the ATP now goes through the roof and rises again the body. 

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