Red Light Therapy – The Great “Energizer”

How Photonic Red Light Therapy Works

Red Light also known as Photonic Red Light Therapy is a safe, natural, non-invasive way to promote healing and control pain.  This therapy has been proven to help animals as well as people.  Our product emits a specialized 660nm red light which can be applied directly to the skin.   This technology has been studied for over 40 years and produces fast relief and healing with minimal, if any, side effects.

Red and near-infrared light can penetrate tissue because they are not blocked by blood or water as much as other wavelengths. This wavelength is used in medical settings for burn treatment, wound healing, joint and muscle pain, sports injuries, etc., but the machines made available to medical professionals are considered to be cost prohibitive for the average person.  Over the past several years, new technology allowed improved battery efficiency, increased voltages, and more light output to be packaged into a small affordable device.

Photonic red light therapy works because the body’s tissue can absorb this type of light at a cellular level, converting it to cellular energy (known as ATP). Many studies have shown that this energy accelerates activity in the mitochondria (the part of the cell that generates protein, collagen, and healing materials) as well as improving blood flow in the area being treated, speeding healing and minimizing pain.

 

 

The brain receives signals to release endorphins (natural pain killers) and serotonin into the body. This chain reaction:

 

  • Reduces pain and swelling
  • Increases lymphatic activity
  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Accelerates cell regeneration
  • Increases circulation
  • Relaxes muscles
  • Increases anti-viral properties
  • Encourages collagen production
  • Regulates serotonin levels

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Visible red light (at the correct wave length) penetrates skin tissue to 8-10mm and is beneficial in the treatment of numerous conditions and aliments, some of which are:

  • Acute/Chronic Injuries
  • Arthritis/Joint Pain
  • Back Pain
  • Behaviors: fear, aggression, anxiety, depression
  • Colic/digestion issues
  • Cough/Colds
  • Circulation
  • Edema
  • Viral infections
  • Muscle Strains & Soreness
  • Tendon/Ligament Injuries
  • Cuts and Open Wounds
  • Shock
  • Immune System Disorders
  • Scars
  • Body Soreness
  • Lameness/Laminitis
  • Stifle, Hocks
  • And much, much more!

Please note – Research has shown no ill side effects from this type of photonic red light therapy. There may be a feeling of relaxation, light warmth, skin tingling at the point of contact, and a sense of well-being. Dark skin may require slightly longer treatment times, since melanin blocks more of the light than with light skin.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.

History

The use of light as a therapy has been known and used for thousands of years.  Wavelength dependent photo-biochemical reactions occur throughout nature and are involved in such things as vision, photosynthesis, tanning and Vitamin D metabolism.  Red light emitting diodes (LEDs) are convenient sources of intense light at wavelengths that stimulate specific physiological functions.

Dr. Brian McLaren, a clinical scientist and veterinary surgeon, is considered to be one of the highest qualified veterinary acupuncturists in Australia with postgraduate qualifications in veterinary and human acupuncture.  Dr. McLaren began researching photonic red light therapy in the early 1990’s and first published his research on photonic red light therapy in 1996.  Today, most methods using a hand-held red light therapy device are based on his work.

Scientists and physicians have continued the study and use of light based therapy for many practical applications, including expedited wound healing in zero gravity environments for astronauts.  Harry Whelan, MD, Professor of Neurology, Pediatrics & Hyperbaric Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin, was inducted into the NASA Space Technology Hall of Fame for his work into the recuperative powers of LED technology and its effects on cellular activity.

Light-emitting diodes (LED) originally developed for NASA plant growth experiments in space, showed promise for delivering light deep into tissues of the body to promote wound healing and human tissue growth.  The military has also been seeing dramatically faster healing of wounds and musculoskeletal injuries of personnel in both submarine and battlefield settings with the use of LED light stimulation.  According to the study “Effect of NASA Light-Emitting Diode Irradiation on Wound Healing” LED produced improvement of greater than 40% in musculoskeletal training injuries in Navy SEAL team members, and decreased wound healing time in crew members aboard a U.S. Naval submarine.

Safety

At this time, research has shown no side effects from this form of therapy, other than an occasional increase in discomfort for a short period of time after treating chronic conditions. This occurs as the body re-establishes new equilibrium points following treatment.

Additional information may be found in the FAQ’s #1, and our History and Resources sections for more detailed information.

Case Studies

Studies are being performed all the time and so far, there are well over 4000 published medical studies that have discussed the benefits of photonic red light therapy.  Here are only a few:

Mitochondrial Signal Transduction in Accelerated Wound & Retinal Healing by Near-Infrared Light Therapy, J.T. Eells PhD, M.T. Wong-Riley etal, College of Health Sciences, University of Wisconsin

Use of Laser Light to Treat Certain Lesions in Standardbreds, L.S. McKibben DVM & D. Paraschak BSc, MA: Modern Veterinary Practice, March 1984, Sec. 3, P.13

Biostimulation of Wound Healing by Lasers: Experimental Approaches in Animal Models and in Fibroblast Cultures, R.P. Abergel, MD: J. Castel, MS; R. Dwyer, MD and Uitlo, MD, PhD: Harbor UCLA Medical Center, CA: J. Dennatol. Surgery Oncol., 13:2 Feb. 1987

Effect of Helium-Neon and Infrared Laser Irradiation on Wound Healing in Rabbits, B. Braverman, PhD: R.McCarthy, Pharmd, A. Lyankovich, MD: D. Forde, BS, M. Overfield, BS and M. Bapna, PhD: Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center: University of Illinois, Lasers in Surgery and Medicine 9:50-58 (1989)

The Effects of Low Energy Laser on Soft Tissue in Veterinary Medicine, L.S. McKibben & R. Downie; The Acupuncture Institute, Ontario Canada: J. Wiley & Sons

Effects of Low Energy Laser on Wound Healing In a Porcine Model, J. Hunter, MD; L. Leonard, MD; R. Wilsom, MD; G. Snider, MD and J. Dixon, MD; Dept. of Surgery, University of Utah Medical Center, Salt Lake City UT, Lasers in Surgery & Med. 3:285-290, 84

A Study of the Effects of Lasering on Chronic Bowed Tendons, Wheatley, L.S. McKibben, DVM, and D. Paraschak, BSc, MA; Lasers in Surgery & Medicine, Vol. pp.55-59 (1983) Sec. 3

Low-Energy Laser Therapy: Controversies & Research Findings, Jeffrey R. Basford, MD; Mayo Clinic; Lasers in Surgery and Medicine 9 pp.1-5 (1989)

The Photobiological Basis of Low Level Laser Radiation Therapy, Kendric C. Smith, Stanford University School of Medicine; Laser Therapy, vol.3, No.1, Jan-Mar 1991

Beyond Gravity, National Geographic Jan 7, 2001, p2-29. Sir Arthur Clark reports that Dr. Harry T. Whelan of the University of Wisconsin Medical School has successfully treated wounds, third degree burns, and brain cancer with LEDs.

NASA Space Technology Shines Light on Healing, Marshall Space Flight Center press release 00-336(12-18-00) http://www.msfc.nasa.gov/ describes how LEDs are being used to heal hard to heal wounds such as diabetic skin ulcers, serious burns, oral sores, and musculoskeletal training injuries.

Effects of Skin-Contact Monochromatic Infrared Irradiation on Tendonitis, Capsulitis, and Myofascial Pain, J Neurological Orthopedic Medical Surgery (1996) 16:242-245

 

Other Resources

Photonic Acupuncture: A Model to Explain Acupuncture from Phylogenesis To The Multiplicity of Methodologies And Results: D. Brian McLaren (1996)

Holistic Horse issue 79 Jun/July 2012, Infrared Therapy by Christina Reguli

Real World Esthetics: The Healing Power of LED Light Therapy by Pamela Gentry (06-14-2011)

Biomedical Photonics Handbook, Tiina Karu, PhD, Tuan Vo-Dinh (2003)

Bioelectromagnetic Medicine (2004)

Biochemistry by D. Voet & J. Voet, John Wiley & Sons (1995)

Physics, Kane & Sternheim, John Wiley & Sons (1988)

Bioenergetics 2, Nichols & Ferguson, London Academic Press (1992)

Medical Neurosciene, Pritchard & Alloway

Chemical Messengers: Hormones, Neuro-transmitters and Growth Factors, D. Hardie, Chapman and Hall, London (1993)

Body Electric: Electro-magnetism And The Foundation of Life, R. Becker & G. Selden, Wimmiam Morrow NY (1985)

Laser Acupuncture: Its Use in Physical Therapy, J. Kleinkort & R. Foley, American Journal of Acupuncture, 1984, 12:51-56

The Photobiological Basis of Low Level Laser Therapy, K. Smith , Laser Therapy 1991; 3:19-24

The Use of Low Level Laser Therapy In the Management Of Chronic Pain, L. Laasko, PhD Thesis, University of Queensland, 1995

Low Level Laser Therapy as a Medical Treatment Modality, P. Pontinen, Tampere, Art Urop Ltd. 1992

The work of Nobel Prize winner Peter Mitchell (1978) on Chemiosmotic Theory

The work of Nobel Prize winners Deisenhofer, Huber & Michel (1988) on the precise atomic structure of the reaction center within protein