What is it?
You may have heard about LED lights when you’re trying to figure out what light bulbs to use in your home or what Christmas tree lights to buy. But, actually, you can use LED light as a form of physical therapy. LED light therapy is designed to relief joint pain, arthritis, muscle spasms, minor muscle pain and other body pains.
Originally, LED light therapy was designed for something entirely different. In 2003, NASA was experimenting with plant growth on space missions, so they needed a cool light source. What was found is that LED light promoted plant growth. That’s right, it was supposed to be used for plants, good thing they discovered its other uses! So, NASA decided to continue the experiment and do further testing on laboratory rats and humans. What they found was that LED light therapy increased the energy inside the cells, having cells grow 150 to 200 percent faster. What does that mean? The cells heal faster. Now, LED light therapy is used to reduce and relieve joint, muscle, tendons and ligament pain.
What is LED light?
You’ve probably heard of LED light, it stands for light-emitting diode. Now, let’s not get too into science but essentially a semiconductor device that emits light when there’s an electrical current running through it. The light is produced when the particles carrying the current combine within the semiconductor material. Because light is generated within the solid semiconductor material, they considered solid-state devices. The term solid-state is able to distinguish the difference between other light sources such as incandescent light and fluorescent light. LED lights come in different spectrums as well, such as red, blue and white infrared.
How it works
So, how does it work for relieving muscle pain? What the device does is provides deep penetration into the skin with the light then being absorbed by the mitochondria. The mitochondria are the energy of the cells. The light increases the energy of the mitochondria, thus increasing the metabolism of the overall group of cells. Once the metabolism of the cells is stimulated, healing will then occur in the muscle, bone, tendons, cartilage, joints and skin. When the light is absorbed by these tissues, it helps heal and regenerate damaged tissue. LED light therapy is a non-invasive treatment because it does not employ the use of needles or injections for its therapeutic benefits.
What causes joint and muscle pain?
If you’re researching therapy for muscle and joint pain, then you obviously have it yourself. The joint and/or muscle pain you’re feeling is due to inflammation. Joint and muscle pain can be caused by an array of things from overusing your muscle to spraining an ankle. And what happens when you hurt yourself? That area becomes inflamed. Now, you may think that inflammation is bad and sure, it’s painful and causes swelling but inflammation happens for a reason. When something harmful is attacking a part of your body, let’s say a damaged cell, pathogen or irritant, the natural response is to remove it. Makes sense, right? Inflammation is essentially a sign and symptom of your body trying to heal itself. It’s a part of the body’s immune response. So, when you overuse your elbow and develop tennis elbow, your body’s response is to become inflamed to promote healing.
However, inflammation can sometimes cause further inflammation and that’s when the problem starts. Basically, inflammation is good, however, too much can be a bad thing.
If you’ve heard the terms acute and chronic inflammation, you may not think there’s much of a difference between the two. However, you’re mistaken. There’s actually a huge difference even though both are concerning inflammation. Here are the differences between chronic and acute inflammation.
Acute inflammation starts rapidly and quickly becomes severe. Usually, an acute injury is due to a traumatic event for example if you’ve ever sprained your ankle, within minutes it’s suddenly swollen and extremely painful. This is because your body is undergoing a sudden change which shocks the system. However, the signs and symptoms of acute inflammation are only present for a few days, though, depending on the injury, can last up to a few weeks. Acute inflammation isn’t a problem but rather a response to a problem in your body.
Chronic inflammation is typically from overuse of the area. If you use the part of your body over and over again through sports or exercise, inflammation occurs. The difference from acute inflammation is that the symptoms of chronic inflammation are quite mild than acute symptoms. Usually, they develop slowly and over a long period of time. Because the pain associated with chronic inflammation, in the beginning, is mild, many people overlook the injury and continue on with their activities. This, obviously, builds up over time and results in bigger issues. Some of the common symptoms associated with chronic inflammation are that individual experience pains when they engage in sports, swelling after the activity and muscle and/or joint aching when they’re inactive. Basically, chronic inflammation restricts you from participating in a variety of activities because the pain is always there. Tennis elbow is a perfect example of chronic inflammation due to the overuse of the muscles and joint of the elbow. But, inflammation can also occur from other sources other than physical injury. Other sources of chronic inflammation are from psychological stress, excess Omega-6 fats and sleep deprivation.
Inflammation shouldn’t be seen as a negative thing, in fact, without inflammation you wouldn’t be able to recover from your injuries. Though inflammation is beneficial, not all inflammation is good for you, such as chronic inflammation. With red light therapy, you’ll be able to reduce inflammation and swelling, however, there are some extra steps you should take to further your success in ridding the inflammation.
Supportive methods in reducing inflammation and pain
Using red light therapy will certainly reduce inflammation and relieve pain, however, you should also be supporting your therapy by removing inflammatory stressors from your life. If you’re suffering from chronic inflammation, you’ll need to take extra steps in changing your lifestyle to reduce inflammation. LED red light therapy is a great method, but you need to support it. To help further alleviate inflammation, aside from using LED red light therapy, here are some things you should consider changing your lifestyle:
- Limit your amount of Omega-6 fats, excess sugar, and refined carbohydrates. Do not confuse Omega-6 fats with Omega-3 fats. Omega-6 fats is a polyunsaturated fat which can be found in vegetable oil, mayonnaise, fast food and cookies. Essentially, all foods that you can buy in the middle aisles of your grocery store have Omega-6 fats – stay far away from them. Omega-3 fats, on the other hand, are essential for muscle and joint support and are found in fish, however, you can take omega-3 supplements as well.
- Reduce social and psychological stress from your life. This may be easier said than done, but you need to find ways to manage your stress. If you have family issues or stress from work which you cannot eliminate, then try to moderate them with relaxing activities. Take up yoga, read every day or go talk to a therapist to reduce your stress. Stress is another major factor in inflammation and overall illnesses.
- Rest your body in between workouts. Going to the gym 7 days a week may sound like a good idea, but you’re not letting your body rest. If you’re constantly working your body, it doesn’t have enough time to rejuvenate torn muscle tissue and recover. You need that recovery time. So, be easy on yourself and your body.
- Eat antioxidants. They’re found in fruits and vegetables and assist in removing potentially harmful oxidizing agents from your body. If you don’t eat your antioxidants, you’re essentially allowing your healthy cells to get attacked by free radicals, which can cause inflammation, heart disease, cancer, and a weak immune system.
By following these points and adapting them to your lifestyle, you’ll not only become healthier but also help your body in absorbing the red light therapy and allowing it to work at its optimal level.
Other uses for LED light therapy
Led light therapy is not solely designed for reducing joint and muscle pain. Actually, because LED light comes in different spectrums like red and blue infrared, it can be used to reduce acne and wrinkles.
Blue Light Therapy for Acne
Everyone has had some experience with acne, whether it’s on the back, face or neck. Usually, people pile on the acne creams and spend a lot of money on treatments that aren’t effective. With blue light therapy, it’s sending a wavelength of blue light which targets a bacteria that plays an essential role in one of the causes of acne. The light promotes the development of oxygen radicals that kill P. acnes bacteria without damaging the skin. Many treatments such as chemical masks irritate healthy skin and cause excessive dryness and flakiness. If you suffer from mild to moderate inflammatory acne then this therapy is highly effective. However, there are some cons. If you go for professional LED light treatments, they’re quite expensive as you’ll have to do them several times a week. Also, LED light therapy does not work for blackheads, whiteheads, and cystic acne – so if you have any of those, save your money.
The anti-aging industry is huge, however, many of the products on the market are ineffective and suck up your money without any results. Red light therapy is a great option if you’re wanting to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Wavelengths of red light assist in improving the skin’s barrier function by increasing its ability to retain essential elements for healing and regenerating collagen. The production of collagen reduces due to age and damage that has developed throughout the years. What red light therapy aims to do is target the skin’s oil glands to reduce cytokines, a substance which promotes inflammation, a substance which is responsible in the role of chronic acne.
This form of therapy is effective for those that want to reduce signs of aging on the face and neck. It’s also effective for those who’d like to reduce wrinkles around the eyes. Also, light therapy is non-invasive and does not need chemical substances for it to work. Though, like anything, there are some cons. Light therapy will require multiple treatments, so if you get it done professionally, it can become quite expensive. You cannot use this therapy to also eliminate acne, so if you do have acne, you’ll have to choose which form of therapy you’d like – it’s either you focus on wrinkles or acne.
How Tendlite Red LED Light Therapy works
Now, if you go to receive LED Light Therapy professionally, you’ll end up spending at least $40 per treatment, and you’ll need several treatments per week to see results. But, there’s always the option of purchasing your own LED Light Therapy device here so you can have treatment anytime and any day of the week.
FDA approved, the Tendlite World’s Top Red LED Light Therapy is a great tool and one of the best red light therapy devices to use if you are looking for pain relief. The team at Tendlite has designed their light therapy with a state of the art technology that emits red light in the 860 nm region which has been proved to heal your joints and muscles four times faster than any other light therapy treatment on the market. The Tendlite red light therapy is now being used on submarines and spaceships, where medications are inaccessible.
The Tendlite red light therapy is a hand-held device which stimulates the production of collagen in your joints, thus, repairing tissue, reducing pain and increasing your strength and mobility. The Tendlite red light therapy is best for those suffering from these conditions:
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Shoulder, knee, back, elbow, hands, or feet pain
Because this device is hand-held, it’s extremely easy to travel with and you can use it in the comfort of your own home, work or car.
Why use Tendlite Red Light Therapy?
You can go to a professional and pay $40 a treatment and completely drained your piggy bank. Or, you can invest in your own hand-held device and use it however much you want, when you want. The choice is yours. But you should know that you can heal yourself for a fraction of the cost, there’s no need to go bankrupt trying to heal your body.
Tendlite Red Light Therapy is an anti-inflammatory therapy which is used by people who suffer from an array of joint conditions such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Tendonitis, Arthritis, and Fibromyalgia – essentially, it does the same job as the professionals. Tendlite’s hand-held device heals problem areas 60% faster by increasing the joint’s collagen production which then promotes joint tissue repair, mobility, strength, and flexibility. Tendlite works in three ways:
LED Red Light Therapy works by providing systematic analgesia delivery, meaning it will promote muscle relaxation and reduce pain. Essentially, acting as a natural painkiller.
Progressively lowers inflammation in the problem area by increasing the lymphatic activity and blood circulation to the designated area, thus, reducing swelling and stiffness.
Repair & Regeneration Action
Focusing on the repair and regeneration of tendons, ligaments, disc and cartilage by activating the collagen production that’s necessary to rebuild the connective tissue for joint and/or disc repair.
If you’re wondering if this therapy is painful, think again. There’s no pain, no addictive properties, no drugs and no side-effects with red light therapy – Tendlite simply stimulate your own body’s cells in order to promote healing and recovery. Red light therapy is also non-invasive, you simply shine the light directly onto the designated area of the joint or disc for 1 minute. To see results, you’ll have to be consistent and carry out this therapy several times a week. Used by professional athletes, doctors, trainers and physical therapists, Tendlite’s state of the art technology and design is internationally renowned and used in the sports and medical communities. In addition, Tendlite provides their customers with a lifetime warranty on the LED bulb, plus a full year warranty on the complete device.
When you purchase your red light therapy kit, you’ll be receiving:
- LED red light hand-held device
- Protective goggles
- Battery and battery charger
- Carrying case
Finally, if you’re wondering about any long-term side-effects, we understand. That’s something you should always be thinking about when looking at treatment. Many treatments sell themselves as this miracle treatment but then have a huge BUT at the end. That’s what you don’t want. However, in the case of red LED light therapy, studies have been conducted all over the world and there have been no reported side effects from red light therapy, which is great! But, there are precautions that you should consider.
Precautions of Red Light Therapy
LED Red Light Therapy doesn’t actually have any side-effects, but there are some precautions. You want a therapy that will help you with your condition, not add more problems to it. Though red light therapy is considered safe, you take a few precautions before starting it.
- No light shining in your eyes
The most common risk associated with red light therapy is the light shining into your eyes. The red light itself is not damaging to your eyes, however, the device can produce a strong glare. Tendlite takes this precaution away from you by providing you with protective eye goggles that should be worn during your treatment. In conclusion, never look directly into the red light therapy hand-held device.
- Consult your doctor if you are pregnant
There’s not evidence showing that LED red light therapy is harmful to an unborn baby, however, there are no safety tests showing that it is. This mean, we recommend you not using the device directly over the fetus. If you’re experiencing back or leg pain, you may use it. If you’re unsure consult your physician.
- Consult your doctor if you have cancer
If you’re in the process of chemotherapy, you should consult your doctor before using it. It may help to reduce cancer-causing side-effects such as radiation dermatitis, however, or extra measure, always talk to your doctor.
- If you have tattoos
This may sound weird to you, but it’s true. If you would like to treat an area that is covered with a tattoo, the irradiance laser may cause pain due to the dye absorbing the laser energy and becoming hot. If you find the treatment becoming painful, try using the laser 15mm away from the skin instead.
- Body hair
If you’re treating an area covered in body hair the irradiance laser may cause you pain. Why? The melanin in the hair follicle absorbs much of the laser’s energy. So, if the treatment is becoming painful lift the laser 15mm from the surface of the skin.
What makes Red Light Therapy different from the rest?
You may be asking yourself, sure, I get what you’re saying, but what makes it different. Well, there are a couple factors that make red LED light therapy stand out from the rest.
- Tighter wavelength span
The difference between LED light and a regular light bulb is that LED light bulbs have a tighter wavelength span. Okay, you may be wondering what that means, we’re on it. So, a regular fluorescent bulb may have a peak of 660nm, but, may include wavelengths of plus or minute 40nm. Where, as opposed to red LED light, it will also have a peak of 660nm but a plus or minus of 10nm. Meaning, red LED light carries a more even flow of light that’s necessary for stimulating collagen and healing.
- No heat
Wrap your hand around a fluorescent light bulb and you’ll end up in the hospital with a nasty burn. Wrap your hand around a red LED light and you’ll only feel a subtle warmth. Red LED light therapy generates very little heat, thus making it not only safer but also enjoyable.
- Long Lasting
LED devices, such as Tendlite, use solid state electronics which means that they’re much more durable and long lasting compared to fluorescent or incandescent bulbs which are made from glass.
If you’re conscious about your environmental footprint than you should know that red LED light therapy is more eco-friendly than its nemesis, the incandescent or fluorescent light bulb. Fluorescent and incandescent light bulbs produce the same amount of light, however, use up more energy than LED lights.
Benefits and advantages of Red Light Therapy
With thousands of customers using Tendlite in over 65 countries, there have to be some benefits to it. There’re at least 25 proven benefits of red light therapy. Let’s take a look at what Tendlite overall has to offer:
- 100% natural
- Chemical free
- FDA approved
- No short term or long term side effects
- Safe for all ages
- Drug free
- Safe for all skin types
There are multiple benefits of using red light therapy. Luckily, if you’re suffering from certain skin conditions, instead of layering on the creams and facial peels, you can simply have red light therapy to rid of your problems.
Here are some of the amazing benefits and results from using LED red light therapy:
- Repairs sun damage
- Prevents hair loss and stimulates regrowth
- Reduces redness and broken capillaries
- Reduces the appearance of stretch marks and scars
- Builds collagen, reduces wrinkles, crow’s feet, laugh lines, forehead wrinkles and under eye wrinkles
- Increases the healing time for blemishes and rosacea
- Smoothes overall skin tone
- Creates a healthy facial glow
If you’re an athlete then you know all about suffering from sports related injuries. Or if you had a work injury, you know what it feels like to have to work an eight hour shift in pain. None of this is fun. But, you can heal yourself by using red light therapy, these are some of the benefits:
- Speeds the healing time for injuries and wounds
- Reduces inflammation and joint/disc pain
- Improves flexibility and mobility
- Speeds the healing of non-healing wounds
On top of these amazing benefits listed above, Tendlite has it’s own list of benefits if you use their World’s Top Red LED Light Therapy device. One of the world’s most well-known at-home red light therapy devices, here is what it offers its clients:
- Used in both the medical and sports field as an effective method of treatment
- Made in the USA
- 1-year full warranty guaranteed
- FDA Cleared K-100213
- If not fully satisfied, full money-back guarantee
Now, that’s a lot of benefits for such a small device. There are so many benefits to red light therapy, which makes sense because it’s so effective.
Are there any scientific studies on Light Therapy?
Actually, yes. World-famous cellular biologist Dr. Mary Dyson has produced a significant amount of scientific research studying Light Therapy and its effectiveness. Over the years of her research, Dr. Dyson discovered that red LED light wavelengths intensify the cellular regeneration rate as much as 8 times than normal. In addition to her research, there are over 2,500 research studies on the effect of red light therapy.
Difference between at home device and professional treatment
Many people are unsure if they should buy an at-home device or go to a professional. If you’re one of the people contemplating whether or not you should go to a professional for treatment or purchase an at-home device, here are some of the differences between the two that you should consider.
- The price
If you’re money conscious, then you’ll be well-aware of the difference of price between at home treatment and professional treatment. If you’re thinking about going to a professional, it costs around $40 per treatment and if you want it to be effective, you’ll need several treatments a week. At home, treatment varies, however, Tendlite’s red LED light therapy costs around Check latest Price here.
For one week of professional treatment, you’ll be able to purchase your own hand-held device and use it however much you’d like.
- The effectiveness
When debating between an at-home device or professional treatment, you’re looking for effectiveness. Professional treatment is effective or else they wouldn’t charge the prices they do. If you’re weary of purchasing an at home device, we don’t blame you. At home devices can be just as good as professional treatment, it simply depends on what device you buy. Do not buy the red LED light therapy device that’s $50. You’re wasting your money and your time. You’ll need to invest some money into a proper device if you want the same results as going to a professional. Tendlite has amazing results and reviews on their hand-held device.
- Satisfaction may or may not be guaranteed
When you’re going to a professional and you don’t see the results you want, they probably will not be willing to give your money back. In fact, they’ll probably say, not everyone will get the same results. What does that mean? That means your out of hundreds of dollars you spent in hopes of receiving some of the red LED light benefits. If you purchase an at-home device from a high-quality company, you will be given at least one-year full warranty and a money back guarantee. What happens if you don’t see the results you wanted? You return it. No questions asked. No arguing. You get your full money back. That’s extra security and comfort knowing that you’re not just throwing your money down a hole.
- Control when you’re going to have therapy
When you go to a professional you have to make an appointment and who knows how busy they are. Maybe you’ll end up waiting weeks before you get treatment. If you have your own hand-held device, you’ll be able to use it when you want. There’s not need to make appointments, you control when you’re going to use it.
How to use RED Light Therapy
This part is going to be short, because it’s so easy to use. Tendlite’s hand-held device is designed simply, which what makes it so appealing to its customers. To get the best results, you simply place the light onto the problem area and hold it for up to three 1 minute sessions. Use it daily for the best results. That’s it. Easy, right?
If you’re still debating whether or not you should purchase your own hand-held red LED light therapy device, then you need to read this again. Reducing inflammation is no easy task, however, it’s easier now that there’s red light therapy available. Instead of pumping yourself up with prescription medication and buying twenty different types of creams, instead invest your money into something you know is going to work.There are so many benefits to red light therapy such as:
- Healing properties for joint and disc pain relief
- Reduction in inflammation
- Non-invasive procedure
- 1-year full warranty
So, give it a try and you’ll see the results.