Safety & Contraindications

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A level of caution should be exercised by all customers, especially those with co-morbidities (see table below), when using any form of light therapy including a SYMBYX device. Customers can also have these conditions silently without being aware of them. There is always a risk of producing unwanted side-effects, including mild and transient nausea, vomiting, dizziness and vertigo.  If these symptoms arise, please wait until they pass before changing position with caution. It is important to recognise these symptoms, cease using your SYMBYX device immediately and seek medical advice if symptoms persist. If a customer is aware of such underlying conditions before commencing light therapy, then they are advised to commence with a 1-2 week, half of the typical recommended dosage, under clinical supervision*.

Requirements

Circumstance
Clinical Reasoning

Under medical care for diseases involving photosensitivity or receiving photosensitizing medications. 

Clinical Reasoning

These medications increase sensitivity to light therapy treatment.

Prescription medications (including for Parkinson’s)*

Clinical Reasoning

SYMBYX devices are designed to complement all pre-existing therapies.

Patients suffering from extreme sensitivity to light (incl vestibular migraine; epilepsy)

Clinical Reasoning

Risk of invoking a deleterious episode.

Pregnancy

Clinical Reasoning

Insufficient supporting evidence, even-though no negative episodes have been documented.

Heart conditions*

Clinical Reasoning

Light therapy might temporarily increase autonomic symptoms, including dizziness, light-headedness, tremor and heart rate. If this happens, patients should immediately contact Clinical Support at clinicalsupport@symbyxbiome.com.

Thrombosis including DVT

Clinical Reasoning

Insufficient supporting evidence, even though no negative episodes have been documented.  

Aneurysms (including intra-cerebral aneurysms and abdominoaortic aneurysms)

Clinical Reasoning

Light therapy might temporarily increase autonomic symptoms, including dizziness, light-headedness, tremor and heart rate. If this happens, patients should immediately contact Clinical Support at clinicalsupport@symbyxbiome.com.

Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS)

Clinical Reasoning

Insufficient supporting evidence, even-though no negative episodes have been documented.

History of acute psychiatric episodes, severe hypermobility (incl Ehlos Danos); acute polyarthritic disorders*

Clinical Reasoning

Insufficient supporting evidence, even-though no negative episodes have been documented.

Hypermobility and polyarthritic conditions are often accompanied by dysautonomia.

Patient should commence a 1-2 week, half of recommended dosage under clinical supervision*.

Rheumatoid Arthritis*

Clinical Reasoning

Insufficient supporting evidence, even-though no negative episodes have been documented. Patient should commence a 1-2 week, half of recommended dosage under clinical supervision*.

Stroke or history of stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA)

Clinical Reasoning

Light therapy improves circulation, which may cause further functional or structural deficit.

Tumour site (active primary or secondary)

Clinical Reasoning

Insufficient supporting evidence, even though no negative episodes have been documented. 

Acute head trauma and concussion

Clinical Reasoning

Internal bleeding may develop over the following days and weeks after a head trauma and may be asymptomatic. As light therapy improves circulation, this can cause further functional or structural deficit, even though no negative episodes have been documented.

Migraines*

Clinical Reasoning

Light therapy improves circulation, which may cause further functional or structural deficit during a migraine episode, even though no negative episodes have been documented.

Acute, severe head pain

Clinical Reasoning

Light therapy improves circulation, which may cause further functional or structural deficit during a migraine episode, even though no negative episodes have been documented.

Sunburn

Clinical Reasoning

Light therapy may cause further skin exacerbation.  

* The incidence of dysautonomia is a common complication in several disorders and has been observed in customers suffering from Parkinson’s, migraine, cervicogenic headaches, fibromyalgia, hypermobility syndromes, psychiatric disorders, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, epilepsy, and acute polyarthritic conditions. Symptoms may include dizziness, vertigo, nausea, low blood pressure, and visual disturbances. If dysautonomia symptoms are noted during the initial 2-4 treatments with a SYMBYX device, we recommend ceasing treatment and immediately contacting Clinical Support atclinicalsupport@symbyxbiome.com. Usually, these symptoms are transient and dissipate after a 3-5 day complete rest period, followed by gradual reintroduction of the therapy under clinical supervision. 

** Patient’s with a pacemaker should exercise extra caution and avoid placing the laser over their chest/heart region, even though no negative episodes have been documented. 

***Please do not treat directly over thyroid, glands, genitalia or eyes at any time. There is insufficient supporting evidence for the treatment of these regions.  

Clinical Support Team

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