Henderson says that near infrared light therapy (NILT), which has been a controversial treatment for stroke patients, potentially offers promise for TBI patients. A study led by Henderson, published in the Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment Journal in August 2015 found that NILT decreased symptoms related to headaches, anxiety, and depression as well as increased cognitive functioning and overall quality of life in 10 TBI patients. Drawbacks to NILT include the risk of skin burning from the laser. Henderson adds that research surrounding TBI has been at a standstill for years, and new therapies that include lasers and hyperbaric medicine move in the direction of improving life for patients.
Infrared light therapy rejuvenates a lot more than skin.