For treating dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and other degenerative brain diseases, the research resoundingly supports laser therapy, also known as photobiomodulation (PBM) for improving cognitive function and quality of life.
This research represents a breakthrough for the more than 5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease, as well as others who suffer from dementia, stroke, Parkinson’s and traumatic brain injury — all conditions that may benefit from laser therapy.
Laser Treatment for Dementia
In one recent pilot study, a significant improvement in memory and quality of life was found in participants after PBM laser therapy.
Another recent study reported that patients with mild to moderately severe dementia experienced a significant improvement in cognition after laser treatment. The improvement occurred after 12 weeks of treatment, and included an increased ability to function, fewer angry outbursts, reduced anxiety and improved sleep.
Laser treatments are typically administered to the forehead, although some studies use an intranasal approach. The research shows no side effects from the treatments and virtually no risk for complications.
Laser Therapy for Alzheimer’s Disease
Despite all the funding and attention given to this devastating disease — and despite major breakthroughs in treating other chronic diseases — the death rate continues to climb.
Although scientific research continues to support the benefits of PBM therapy for treating Alzheimer’s, the word has been slow to reach those who need it most. This treatment shows promise for patients with mild to advanced Alzheimer’s, with virtually no risks or danger of side effects.
How Does Laser Therapy Work for Dementia?
The research tells us that human cells regenerate themselves after exposure to PBM, which is why this therapy is so effective for healing burns, bruises, and muscle, nerve and soft tissue injuries and damage.
Laser therapy has the same effect on the deteriorating neurons of the brain that indicate dementia, Alzheimer’s and other degenerative diseases.
Although scientists are not yet clear on how PBM works for tissue regeneration, the theory is that the laser light communicates with the body’s own stem cells, flipping a switch that activates regeneration.
Garth Muir, M.D., and the Utah Laser Therapy team are proud to offer photobiomodulation laser treatment for our patients or their loved ones who suffer from dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. We are located in Draper, Utah, and serve patients throughout northern Utah.
Dr. Muir prefers to see each patient for a consultation before beginning treatment to ensure that they are good candidates for this type of therapy. Dr. Muir will also discuss your goals for treatment and help set up a reasonable expectation for the outcome.
If you would like to learn more, contact our office today to schedule a consultation for you or your loved one to discuss using laser therapy for dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.