image of photobiomodulation/laser therapy using NovoTHOR
NovoTHOR whole body red light therapy bed

What is PhotoBioModulation/NovoTHOR/Low Level Laser Therapy?

PhotoBioModulation uses light to change the way the body works. Photobiomodulation (PBM) is sometimes called Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) but photobiomodulation is the preferred term as it doesn’t always use lasers.

Photons of natural, therapeutic light produce a chemical reaction in the mitochondria of your cells that boosts energy production and regeneration.


  • Photo means “light” and refers to red and near infrared light.


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


  • Modulation means “change”, to stimulate or inhibit.

Photobiomodulation is usually referred to as PBM or PBM therapy.

How Does PBM therapy work?

We know that light effects our body; think about how the sun helps you to use vitamin D, these are photochemical responses. PBM uses red and near infrared light to trigger photochemical responses at a cellular level to reduce “oxidative stress” and increase energy.

For more in-depth information please see this review by Dr Michael Hamblin (Harvard University Medical School).

Further research supporting PBM (sometimes known as low level laser therapy or LLLT) 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).

PBM at Active Care Chiropractic

At Active Care Chiropractic we have 2 PBM systems.


We have a hand held unit known as Thor LX2, this can be used to address specific areas and will be used as part of your ongoing treatment.

thor lx2 hand haled photobiomodulation device


NovoTHOR is a whole body light therapy device that uses red and near infrared light to reduce pain, relax muscles/joints, and increase blood circulation.

NovoTHOR whole body photobiomodulation pod
NovoTHOR whole body light bed

What can PBM do for me?

Some of the benefits you might experience are:

Pain relief

PBM is a great way to treat the source of pain without resorting to drugs or surgery.


PBM therapy treats at a cellular level, it doesn’t just block chemical signals. 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.


PBM has been shown to boost workout effectiveness and improve muscle performance, restore the motion of joints and redevelop muscles. When used pre-exercise, PBM increases blood flow and helps get the body ready for an intense workout. Hear how Olympic athletes have benefited from using PBM therapy.


A temporarily increase of blood circulation giving blood flow a boost with lots of downstream benefits.


It treats the entire body all at once in a relatively short period. This is excellent if who have multiple health challenges or find that your health challenge has systemic effects.


The treatment is warm, relaxing and extremely pleasant enabling the relaxation of muscles and relief from muscle spasms. If you have concerns about manual therapy, PBM is worth considering. It is a relaxing experience and a great way to wind down, encouraging mindfulness and introspection.


The LX2 may be available during chiropractic appointments.

NovoTHOR is available throughout the clinic’s opening hours.


The LX2 will be used as part of a standard treatment session.

Appointments for NovoTHOR can be a stand alone session or used in combination before or after chiropractic treatment.

Please see the clinic fees page for pricing.