Does Red Light Therapy Work? The True Answer Explained
MAY 27, 2014 BY LOUANNA
Does red light therapy really work? Yes, it does.
I know that the internet is full of conflicting stories, but thankfully red light therapy is a science based on facts and there is truth to be found.
Among Professionals There is no Debate
When researchers get together to talk about red light therapy, which they call photobiomodulation, they don’t ask the question, “does this really work?” They’ve answered that decades ago. Yes, it works.
Since then, they’ve been busy unraveling exactly how it works. So much progress has been made down those roads that there isn’t much debate over exactly how it works anymore, either. Now the attention is turning to, “what else can we use this amazing therapy for?” Research has been positive and is ongoing in the fields of wound healing, stroke, Parkinson’s disease, heart attack, traumatic brain injury, and many others.
The effectiveness of red light therapy has been known for decades and has been proven by hundreds of studies all over the world. Long before FDA approval here in the United States, red light therapy has been in use by European countries, NASA, the US military, professional athletes and veterinarians.
Yeah But What About In-Home Products?
Here’s how this goes. A study is done that finds red light therapy does a certain thing. For example, red light therapy stimulates the production of collagen. So the study is published in scientific journals finding red light stimulates the production of collagen, naturally, without side effects.
“Wow! We can sell that!” some people say. “Think of the anti-wrinkle market!”
But in order to sell red light therapy for wrinkle reduction, they first must get FDA approval. In order to get that approval, they have to prove that it works, and that it’s safe. Their study must conclude that “our device reduces wrinkles,” which can sound like snake oil at it’s finest. But their study would not exist without the one before it that found that red light stimulates the production of collagen, which is science at it’s finest.
And that’s the point. There is raw, pure science behind all of these red light therapy claims. Science that has been proven over and over.
Setting Your Expectations
Although there’s no question that red light therapy really works, it does help to set your expectations properly. Take, for example, the very popular anti-aging applications, such as the elimination of fine lines and wrinkles and hair loss. You did not age over night. So, too, you can not expect to reverse aging over night. You can expect to see gradual, consistent improvement with consistent treatment. Expect it to be about three months before you are “before and after” photo ready.
The same principle applies when using red light therapy for wound care. If a wound has been there for three months, you can not expect it to close in three days. Again, you should expect to see gradual, consistent improvement with consistent treatment.
When using red or red / infrared light for pain relief, however, you can expect to feel somewhat better right away. However, it’s not like taking an Advil, which will cover the pain for awhile. Consistent treatment with red light therapy will often heal the cause of the pain.
So, whether you are looking to turn back the hands of time, speed the healing of any wound, or sooth your aches and pains, be assured that red light therapy really does work. Now is the time to put it to work for you or someone you love.