What is Transcranial Laser Therapy (TLT)?

Transcranial Laser Therapy (TLT) is a noninvasive and painless treatment.  It works by pulsing specific wavelengths of Laser at regions of the brain which are not working as well as they should.

The Laser pulses pass painlessly through the skull and activate brain cells which can then help repair and improve communication between different parts of the brain. The activation of these brain cells seems to have a lasting effect on how the brain functions and has been shown by research to help a number of different brain related issues.

Depending on the type and severity of the issue being treated, most patients begin to notice improvement of their symptoms within the first 4 weeks of treatment.

After a TLT treatment there is no down time. You are able to go straight back into your day, drive back to work or home, and continue on as normal.

What is TLT used for?


  • Traumatic Brain Injury/Concussion recovery
  • Stroke rehabilitation
  • Memory Loss (including Alzheimer’s disease & Dementia)
  • Depression
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Vertigo
  • Tinnitus


Can TLT be done if I’m taking medication or doing therapy?


Yes, TLT can be done as a stand alone treatment or in conjunction with medication and/or other types of therapy.  If the patient is taking medication, they can continue to take the medication while receiving treatments.  As the treatments take effect, we will consult with the prescribing doctor about the possibility of decreasing or stopping certain medications.  No patient is to decrease or stop their medication without being monitored by their prescribing physician. 

If the patient is doing therapy, we will consult with the therapist so they can modify therapy accordingly.


As of now, there are 192 studies on Transcranial Laser Therapy. Below are a few for those who like to read studies.

Significant Improvement in Cognition in Mild to Moderately Severe Dementia Cases Treated with Transcranial Plus Intranasal Photobiomodulation: Case Series Report.
Treatment of Neurodegeneration: Integrating Photobiomodulation and Neurofeedback in Alzheimer's Dementia and Parkinson's: A Review.
Pilot study of transcranial photobiomodulation of lymphatic clearance of beta-amyloid from the mouse brain: breakthrough strategies for non-pharmacologic therapy of Alzheimer's disease.
Photobiomodulation (660 nm) therapy reduces oxidative stress and induces BDNF expression in the hippocampus.
Effects of Home Photobiomodulation Treatments on Cognitive and Behavioral Function, Cerebral Perfusion, and Resting-State Functional Connectivity in Patients with Dementia: A Pilot Trial.
Low-Level Laser Therapy Rescues Dendrite Atrophy via Upregulating BDNF Expression: Implications for Alzheimer's Disease

Transcranial Photobiomodulation for the Treatment of Major Depressive Disorder. The ELATED-2 Pilot Trial.
Transcranial and systemic photobiomodulation for major depressive disorder: A systematic review of efficacy, tolerability and biological mechanisms.
Multi-Watt Near-Infrared Phototherapy for the Treatment of Comorbid Depression: An Open-Label Single-Arm Study.
Transcranial Photobiomodulation with Near-Infrared Light for Generalized Anxiety Disorder: A Pilot Study.
Selective photobiomodulation for emotion regulation: model-based dosimetry study.
Transcranial photobiomodulation prevents anxiety and depression via changing serotonin and nitric oxide levels in brain of depression model mice: A study of three different doses of 810 nm laser.

Treatments for traumatic brain injury with emphasis on transcranial near-infrared laser phototherapy
Photobiomodulation for traumatic brain injury and stroke.
Pulsed Transcranial Red/Near-Infrared Light Therapy Using Light-Emitting Diodes Improves Cerebral Blood Flow and Cognitive Function in Veterans with Chronic Traumatic Brain Injury: A Case Series.
Photobiomodulation therapy promotes neurogenesis by improving post-stroke local microenvironment and stimulating neuroprogenitor cells

The Effect of Photobiomodulation Therapy on the Differentiation, Proliferation, and Migration of the Mesenchymal Stem Cell: A Review.

Treatment of peripheral vestibular dysfunction using photobiomodulation.