NovoTHOR Science


NovoTHOR® uses red and near-infrared light to treat your entire body. While drugs hide pain by interfering with chemical signals. NovoTHOR® actually relieves the source of the pain, treating muscles and joints.

It’s used by pioneering doctors, clinics, and sports teams around the world. The science has been around for a while, but the technology to deliver the treatment is new — it’s got some amazing applications.


Pain relief

A great way to treat the source of pain, without resorting to drugs


It actually treats at a cellular level, it doesn’t just block chemical signals


Boosts workout effectiveness, improving muscle performance


It gives blood flow a boost, with lots of downstream benefits


It treats the entire body all at once, in just 15 minutes


The treatment is warm, relaxing, and extremely pleasant

What is the therapy called?

The scientific name is photobiomodulation. That doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, so we just call it “PBM” or “PBM therapy”.

People have been calling it a lot of things, including “Red Light Therapy” and “LED Therapy”. We don’t recommend it red light therapy, because it uses infrared light. We don’t call it LED therapy because sometimes the therapy uses lasers, not LEDs.


Photo means “light” and refers to the red and infrared light


Bio means “life” and is included because of the biological effect


Modulation means “change”, to stimulate or inhibit

How does it work?

Photobiomodulation takes advantage of how the body reacts in a positive way to specific wavelengths of red and near-infrared light.

When you think about it, it’s not that surprising — everyone knows that light has an effect on the human body. Sunlight helps with Vitamin D synthesis. UV light causes a reaction in melanin, changing the colour of our skin. Blue light is used to treat neonatal jaundice.

Light therapy stimulates blood flow, cellular energy (ATP), immune and anti-inflammatory effects (inflammation may go up before it goes down). The effect may be felt more by some people than other (tiredness, pain or maybe vitality and euphoria).

The NovoTHOR® applies the photobiomodulation (PBM) light therapy. PBM is the application of red and near red light to improve muscle performance and joint motion, by reducing inflammation wherever the light is applied. Treatments typically take 15 minutes and should be applied two or more times a week. PBM works predominately on a protein in mitochondria (cytochrome c oxidase) to increase ATP and reduce oxidative stress. A cascade of mitochondrial and intracellular downstream effects leads to improved tissue repair and reduced inflammation.

Does it work?

There is a staggering amount of evidence for the efficacy of PBM and new research is being published regularly. It’s currently in use at cutting edge hospitals to treatment debilitating side effects of chemotherapy (Hematapoetic Stem Cell Transplants).

THOR collaborate with Harvard Medical School, Massachussett’s Institute of Technology, and many other leading research hospitals around the world. Evidence for PBM has been published in leading journals, such as The Lancet and is recommended by the World Health Organisation for the treatment of neck pain.


Laboratory studies


Human trials


Systematic reviews

What makes NovoTHOR® different?

NovoTHOR® is made by THOR Photomedicine. They are the leading experts in the field and are considered a subject matter expert by researchers, hospitals, and clinicians, having presented on the topic to governmental bodies such as the US Congress and the UN.

THOR’s history and commitment in the field of Photobiomodulation is unmatched. They have contributed to 51 academic papers, collaborated with 6 Harvard Medical research groups and 30 other universities globally.

THOR partners with renowned hospitals and research facilities. THOR are the choice of the US Special Forces, top professional sports teams, and Olympic athletes for their ability to improve performance and recovery.

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