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What is a Red Light Therapy Bed?

Category: Chiropractic Education

Dr. Mario Tolj

Summus Class IV Laser Vita Bed

Today lets talk about the craze around red light therapy beds. As a chiropractor, I’ve witnessed nothing but great results when people use these particular therapies for overall wellness care. Certain companies have red light therapy as a cutting-edge technology in promoting overall health and well-being. Let’s explore the wonders of these remarkable devices together!

Key Takeaways

  • Red light therapy beds are innovative devices that harness the power of specific light wavelengths to promote holistic healing and wellness.
  • These beds offer a range of benefits, from skin rejuvenation and pain relief to wound healing and improved sleep.
  • As a chiropractor, I believe in combining red light therapy with chiropractic adjustments for a comprehensive approach to addressing musculoskeletal issues.

Table of Contents

Understanding Red Light Therapy

The Science Behind the Light: How Does It Work?

At the heart of red light therapy lies a fascinating scientific phenomenon. When specific wavelengths of red and near-infrared light interact with our cells, they trigger a series of biochemical reactions that can profoundly impact our overall health and well-being.

The Role of ATP: The Fuel of Cellular Function

One of the key players in this process is ATP, often referred to as the energy currency of the cell. When cells absorb the photons emitted by red light therapy devices, there is a potential increase in ATP production. This surge of energy facilitates enhanced cellular function and accelerated tissue repair.

As cells live longer and operate more efficiently, the benefits cascade down to the tissues, organs, and systems of our bodies, creating a ripple effect of improved overall vitality.

Biochemical Cascades: Beyond Surface-Level Benefits

While the visible results of red light therapy, such as improved skin appearance or reduced inflammation, are remarkable in themselves, the true power of this technology lies in the intricate biochemical cascades it initiates. Nearly 6000 clinical trials have demonstrated that red light therapy can positively influence how we feel, think, look, and perform by optimizing the bioenergetic matrix of our cells.

RLT was accidentally discovered by Endre Mester in 1967 at the Semmelweis Medical University in Budapest, Hungary. He noticed that laser light helped promote hair growth and wound healing in rats.

But how does it work, you ask?

Well, RLT works by repetitively exposing your skin to low levels of red and near-infrared light for a certain period of time. At low wavelengths, red light doesn’t generate heat and penetrates the skin between 1 and 2 millimeters, according to a research1.

These particular light wavelengths have been shown to stimulate mitochondrial function within our cells, leading to increased cellular energy (ATP) production. This, in turn, promotes tissue repair and healing processes throughout the body.

Think of it like giving your cells a natural energy boost, allowing them to function at their optimal level and tackle various challenges more effectively.

Benefits of Red Light Therapy Beds

Now, let’s explore the incredible benefits that red light therapy beds have to offer:

One of the most well-known advantages of red light therapy is its ability to promote skin rejuvenation

Tailoring Wavelengths for Specific Needs

One of the key advantages of red light therapy beds is their ability to offer customizable wavelengths, allowing for tailored treatment plans based on individual needs. Whether you require deeper tissue penetration through near-infrared wavelengths or seek to harness the benefits of red light wavelengths, these beds offer versatility.

Unlike standard models that focus on one or two specific chromophores or absorption points, some like our Summus model go beyond this limitation targeting multiple chromophores for a more comprehensive approach.

Pain Relief and Inflammation Reduction

If you’re someone who struggles with joint pain, arthritis, or muscle aches, red light therapy beds could be your new best friend.2 

These devices have been shown to effectively reduce inflammation at a cellular level, providing relief from various types of pain and promoting muscle recovery after strenuous activities or injuries.

Wound Healing and Tissue Repair

The healing powers of red light therapy extend far beyond just the surface. Another paper3 found it to be an effective treatment to induce wound healing in non-healing lesions and injuries, including diabetic wounds. 

These beds can aid in accelerating the wound healing process, reducing the appearance of scars, and even minimizing the visibility of stretch marks. Additionally, they may promote hair growth for those dealing with hair loss conditions.

Other Potential Benefits

But wait, there’s more! Red light therapy has been associated with a host of other potential benefits, including:

  • Improved sleep and relaxation
  • Potential weight loss and body contouring
  • Relief from neuropathy and nerve-related pain

A complete review published in Seminars in Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery4 has also suggested a broad range of applications for RLT, including as a skin rejuvenation treatment to treat wrinkles, depigmentation, telangiectasia, and loss of elasticity; as a therapy for acne; as a treatment to reduce the recurrence of cold sores; as a therapy to reduce the appearance of keloids and hypertrophic scars; and as a treatment for burns and psoriasis, an inflammatory skin condition.

According to a 2018 review of research5, many studies suggest promising results for the use of RLT.

What is a Red Light Therapy Bed?

Safety First: Wavelength and Exposure Duration

While red light therapy is generally regarded as safe and non-invasive, it’s crucial to strike the right balance between wavelength and exposure duration to ensure an effective and secure session.

Most red light therapy beds come with guidelines to help you achieve this balance, ensuring that you reap the maximum benefits while minimizing potential risks. 

It’s important to remember that when it comes to light therapy, bigger is not always better. Responsible providers understand the importance of dose optimization, ensuring that you receive the appropriate amount of light for your specific needs.

Uses and Applications of Red Light Therapy Beds

The versatility of red light therapy beds is truly remarkable. These devices can be utilized to address a wide range of concerns, including:

Treating Various Skin Conditions

From acne and eczema to psoriasis and rosacea, the anti-inflammatory and healing properties of red light therapy can be incredibly beneficia6l for managing various skin conditions. Additionally, it may help alleviate the visible signs of sun damage and age spots.

Addressing Musculoskeletal Issues

If you’re dealing with back pain, neck pain, or other joint problems, or perhaps recovering from a sports injury or surgical procedure, red light therapy beds can be an invaluable tool in your healing journey. By reducing inflammation and promoting tissue repair, these beds can aid in achieving faster and more effective recovery.

Enhancing Overall Wellness and Vitality

Beyond specific conditions, red light therapy beds can also contribute to overall wellness and vitality. By boosting immune system function, improving circulation, and promoting lymphatic drainage, these devices can help you feel your best from the inside out.

Safety, Precautions, and Considerations

One of the most appealing aspects of red light therapy beds is their remarkable safety profile. Unlike many other therapeutic modalities, these devices are non-invasive and non-thermal, meaning they don’t involve any harmful radiation or excessive heat.

However, it’s essential to note that while red light therapy is generally considered safe, there are a few potential side effects and contraindications to be aware of:

  • Mild skin redness or irritation (typically temporary)
  • Photosensitivity (brightness and strobing effects) and potential interactions with certain medications

As with any therapeutic approach, it’s crucial to consult with healthcare professionals, such as your chiropractor or dermatologist, to ensure the proper usage and adherence to safety guidelines specific to your individual needs and circumstances. Our Summus model comes with pre set parameters to ensure complete safety.

Comparing Red Light Therapy Beds: In-Office vs. At-Home Options

When it comes to red light therapy beds, you have two primary options: professional in-office treatments or at-home devices. Let’s explore the pros and cons of each:

Professional In-Office Treatments

  • Higher intensity and more therapeutic wavelengths for potentially faster and more effective results.
  • Guided by trained professionals like myself who can tailor the treatment to your specific needs.
  • Potential drawbacks include higher costs and the need for frequent appointments, which may be time-consuming.

Professional-Grade Red Light Therapy Beds

As a healthcare professional, I strongly recommend considering professional-grade red light therapy beds over at-home consumer devices. 

While at-home units may offer convenience, they often fall short in several key areas:

  • Lower intensity levels: Many at-home devices simply cannot match the intensity and therapeutic power of professional-grade beds found in clinical settings.
  • Limited wavelength ranges: Professional beds typically offer a wider range of carefully calibrated wavelengths to target specific conditions and penetrate tissues more effectively.
  • Lack of guidance: Without the supervision of a trained provider, at-home users may struggle to optimize treatment protocols and achieve desired outcomes.

By investing in professional-grade red light therapy beds, you can expect a higher likelihood of achieving your goals, whether it’s addressing chronic pain, accelerating healing, or revitalizing your skin.

Factors to Consider When Choosing an Option

When deciding between in-office or professional red light therapy, consider the following factors:

  • The severity of your condition and the desired outcomes
  • Your budget and time constraints
  • The availability of professional guidance and supervision

Maximizing the Benefits of Red Light Therapy

To truly harness the full potential of red light therapy, it’s essential to adopt a comprehensive approach. Here are some tips for maximizing the benefits:

Combining with Other Therapies and Treatments

Red light therapy can be seamlessly integrated with various other therapeutic modalities, such as:

  • Chiropractic adjustments for enhanced musculoskeletal alignment and pain relief
  • Massage therapy promotes relaxation and improves circulation
  • Topical skincare products for a synergistic approach to skin health
  • Spinal Decompression for a more hydrated vertebral disc.

Lifestyle Factors That Enhance Effectiveness

Your lifestyle choices can play a significant role in enhancing the effectiveness of red light therapy. Consider incorporating the following:

  • A nutrient-rich diet and proper hydration to support cellular function
  • Regular exercise to promote overall health and well-being
  • Effective stress management techniques to reduce inflammation and promote healing

Importance of Consistency and Patience

Like any therapeutic approach, red light therapy requires consistency and patience to achieve optimal results. Adhering to the recommended treatment schedules and managing realistic expectations are crucial for success.

Remember, true healing is a journey, and with dedication and persistence, you can unlock the full potential of red light therapy beds. We usually recommend 12 visits per month to unlock the full potential of our Summus bed.

The BodyFix’s Unique Approach to Red Light Therapy

At BodyFix, we take a holistic approach to healing, and red light therapy plays a crucial role in our comprehensive treatment plans. As a chiropractor, I believe in combining the power of red light therapy beds with chiropractic adjustments to achieve synergistic effects in terms of pain relief and healing.

Our goal is to address the root causes of musculoskeletal issues, not just alleviate the symptoms. By carefully assessing each patient’s unique needs and conditions, we tailor treatment plans that incorporate specific wavelengths and light intensities for optimal results.

But our commitment doesn’t stop there.

We also emphasize the importance of lifestyle guidance, providing our patients with valuable recommendations on nutrition, exercise, and stress management strategies. After all, true wellness is a holistic journey, and we’re dedicated to supporting you every step of the way.

Adding an additional treatment of red light therapy may be just what you need to enhance your chiropractic experience. RLT can be added to your treatment menu to make pain relief faster and more effective, make adjustments easier, and give additional support to the body’s natural healing processes — increasing patient satisfaction.

The Joe Rogan Experience: Shedding Light on Photobiomodulation

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Red Light Therapy: An Effective Treatment seen on the Joe Rogan podcast

As a chiropractor, I’m always seeking out effective treatments to help my patients heal and improve their overall well-being. That’s why I was so interested when I caught an episode of Joe Rogan’s podcast where he discussed the benefits of red light therapy with guest Gary Brecka.

During the conversation, Gary broke down how red light therapy uses specific wavelengths of red and near-infrared light to essentially supercharge our cells’ energy production.

He explained that when cells absorb these light waves, it can increase their energy output by up to 16 times!

With that huge boost in energy, our cells can function at a much higher level – repairing damaged tissues faster, reducing inflammation more efficiently, and even improving sleep quality and brain performance. The potential benefits Gary described were really wide-ranging.

As someone focused on musculoskeletal health, I was particularly excited about red light therapy’s ability to accelerate injury healing, relieve chronic pain, and optimize overall tissue repair. If it can truly amplify the body’s natural healing processes at the cellular level, that’s an incredibly powerful tool. Why wouldn’t anyone use this modality?

Gary made a strong case for why this safe, non-invasive, and natural treatment approach should be much more widely utilized in healthcare settings. He was clearly very knowledgeable and passionate about the science behind red light therapy’s effectiveness.

Joe Rogan seemed equally fascinated and kept probing Gary with questions to deepen his understanding.

The more I learned about red light therapy’s mechanisms and impacts, the more impressed I was. Harnessing the power of light to rejuvenate cells and enhance the body’s ability to heal itself is an innovative concept with a lot of compelling science behind it.

FAQs

How often should I use a red light therapy bed?

The recommended frequency of treatments can vary depending on your specific condition and goals. Generally, it’s advisable to start with 2-3 sessions per week and adjust as needed based on your progress and the guidance of your healthcare provider.

Can red light therapy beds be used for weight loss? 

While red light therapy has been associated with potential weight loss benefits, it’s important to manage expectations. These beds should be viewed as a complementary tool rather than a primary weight loss solution. A balanced diet and regular exercise are still essential for sustainable weight management.

Is red light therapy safe for pregnant women?

While red light therapy is generally considered safe, it’s always recommended to consult with your healthcare provider before undergoing any new treatment during pregnancy. We do NOT allow our pregnant patients to get this therapy for liability reasons.

How long does it take to see results from red light therapy?

The timeline for seeing results can vary depending on the specific condition being treated and the individual’s response to the therapy. Some individuals may notice improvements within a few sessions, while others may require more time. Consistency and patience are key.

Are there any age restrictions for using red light therapy beds?

Red light therapy is generally considered safe for people of all ages. However, it’s essential to follow the guidance of healthcare professionals and adhere to any specific precautions or recommendations based on individual circumstances. Our clinic doesn’t allow patients 15 and under to utilize this treatment.

Conclusion

In the world of holistic healing, red light therapy beds are truly a game-changer. By harnessing the power of specific light wavelengths, these innovative devices offer a natural, non-invasive approach to promoting overall well-being. With the global light therapy market expected to reach $802.7 million by 2031, up from $521.1 million in 2021, it’s clear that this cutting-edge technology is more than just a passing trend.

Whether you’re seeking relief from pain, aiming to rejuvenate your skin, or simply looking to enhance your overall vitality, red light therapy beds could be the solution you’ve been searching for.

At BodyFix, we are committed to providing our patients with the highest level of care and guidance on their journey towards optimal health. If you’re intrigued by the potential of red light therapy and would like to explore how it can be incorporated into your personalized treatment plan, I invite you to schedule a consultation with me today.

Together, we can unlock the full potential of this cutting-edge technology and embark on a path toward a healthier, more vibrant you.

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Dr. Mario Tolj

Dr. Mario Tolj, the founder and lead chiropractor at The BodyFix, is a passionate and dedicated healthcare professional. With extensive experience and advanced training in chiropractic care, he is committed to delivering personalized, comprehensive treatments that address the root cause of his patients' concerns. Dr. Tolj's patient-centric approach, combined with his expertise in cutting-edge techniques and whole-body wellness, has helped countless individuals achieve lasting relief and improved quality of life.