Photobiomodulation (PBM) and NovoTHOR®

ACTIVE CARE CHIROPRACTIC are proud owners of the state-of-the-art NovoTHOR® machine, one of less than 20 in the UK!

Our team are trained in using various photobiomodulation techniques including using this state of the art machine to help alleviate pains and aches in just 15 minutes!

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What is Photobiomodulation (PBM) and NovoTHOR®?

Firstly, to help make sense of this, we have broken down the word photobiolmodulation:

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means “light” and refers to red and near infrared light

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means “life” because it has a biological effect on the body

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means “change”, to stimulate or inhibit

PhotoBioModulation (PBM) is a scientifically proven therapy that uses light to change the way the body works while NovoTHOR® uses PBM technology to help the body in a number of ways.

PBM is sometimes called Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) but PhotoBioModulation is the more commonly used term.

How Does Photobiomodulation (PBM) and NovoTHOR® work?

Light effects our body; for example think about how the sun helps us to use vitamin D. Similarly, PBM uses red and near infrared light to create changes in our body to reduce stress and increase energy. This has been supported by over 4000 laboratory studies and 500 human trials.

This review by Dr Michael Hamblin (Harvard University Medical School) gives more in-depth information and explores the science behind the technology.

Further research supporting PBM is available in the public domain. You can read more from ongoing medical research into the many benefits of PBM on the publicly available National Library of Medicine (Pubmed).

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LX2 Thor Photobiomodulation

Thor’s LX2 photobiomodulation machine allows us to directly target areas of the body in need of care. Thor are the main pillar of the cold laser treatment sector, producing by far the best cold laser technology around.

The LX2 produces precise lasers which target pain points of your body helping to repair tissue, reduce inflammation and induce analgesia.

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NovoTHOR® Photobiomodulation

At Active Care Chiropractic we are lucky enough to use two systems that are based on photobiomodulation (PBM) technology; LX2 and NovoTHOR®.

Photobiomodulation (PBM) at Active Care Chiropractic

At Active Care Chiropractic we are lucky enough to use two systems that are based on photobiomodulation (PBM) technology; LX2 and NovoTHOR®

Pain relief

PBM is a great way to treat the source of pain without resorting to drugs or surgery. Similarly, the NovoTHOR® website shows a range of people talking about how NovoTHOR® has helped their bodies heal and provide pain relief.


PBM therapy works at a cellular level; it doesn’t just block chemical signals. As a result, this can give temporary relief of minor muscle and joint aches, pain and stiffness; including those associated with arthritis. Whether you are generally healthy or facing health struggles, you can recover faster and more fully with PBM therapy.


Lying on NovoTHOR® is warm, relaxing and extremely pleasant enabling the relaxation of muscles and relief from muscle spasms while recharging your energy. Therefore if you have concerns about manual therapy, PBM may be worth considering.


PBM can give a temporarily increase of blood circulation giving blood flow a boost with lots of downstream benefits.

System (NovoTHOR®)

If you are using the whole body NovoTHOR® system it will treat your entire body all at once in a relatively short period. This is excellent if who have multiple health challenges, find that your health challenge has systemic effects or lead a busy life and want to utilise PBM’s effective treatment in a short space of time.


PBM has been shown to boost workout effectiveness and improve muscle performance. When used pre-exercise, PBM increases blood flow and helps prepare the body for an intense workout.

This video talks about how Olympic athletes have benefited from using PBM therapy.

Overall, NovoTHOR® is a relaxing experience and a great way to wind down, encouraging mindfulness and introspection.

Pricing and Availability

The LX2 may be used as part of a standard chiropractic treatment session; there is no additional cost.

Appointments for NovoTHOR® can be a stand alone session or used in combination before or after chiropractic treatment and are available throughout the clinic’s opening hours

Please see the clinic fees page for pricing.