Light Therapy for Pain

Light Therapy for Pain

Pain, whether related to a traumatic injury such as a car accident, or a sports injury such as Tennis Elbow, or a chronic issue such as arthritis, or temporary pain resulting from menstrual cramps, can be debilitating and affect your ability to live a normal life.

For most people the solution used to be pain killers. However, pain medications have side effects, some of which can affect your ability to function just as much as the pain itself.

New light based pain relief technology has shown promise in relieving and even curing pain. FDA cleared home devices are available now. This technology allows you to live pain free and drug free.

History of Light Therapy

The history of light therapy began in 2003 when NASA was looking for non-heating light sources to grow plants in space. They discovered that light-emitting diodes (LED) promoted plant growth. After further experiments scientists discovered that cells exposed to infrared light grow faster than normal. Upon further evaluation it was discovered that infrared light promotes faster healing and decreasing pain.

Types of Light Therapy

Red Light Therapy (Photonic Therapy):

Red light therapy works on the red light frequency. It can treat inflammation, both chronic and temporary, and is therefore useful in treating sports injuries.

Infrared Light Therapy (Phototherapy):

The frequency Infrared light works on is invisible to the human eye, but penetrates deeper than light on the visible spectrum. This means it can treat pain indicators relating to deep muscle tissue, bones and joints.

Dual Optical Energy:

Dual optical energy combines red light and infrared light spectrums in order to treat pain. The combination means that one device can be used to treat surface skin and muscle pain as well as deeper muscle and joint pain.

Low Light Laser Therapy (LLLT, Cold Laser Therapy):

Low light lasers, or cold lasers, work on the infrared spectrum. However the treatment is more concentrated, allowing this pain therapy to eliminate chronic and acute pain and to help release muscle spasms.

Clinical Studies

While light therapy for pain is new, it has shown a great deal of promise in the field of pain relief.

The effect of two phototherapy protocols on pain control in orthodontic procedure: a preliminary clinical study, Lasers in Medical Science

Esper MA, Nicolau RA, Arisawa EA

This study looked at the efficacy of combining two light therapy types for pain control.

The Use of Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) For Musculoskeletal Pain, MOJ Orthop Rheumatology

Howard B Cotler, Roberta T Chow, Michael R Hamblin, and James Carroll

This study looked at the efficacy of LLLT for musculoskeletal pain indicators.

Infrared therapy for chronic low back pain: A randomized, controlled trial, Pain Research and Management

George D Gale, MBBS FRCA FRCPC DAAPM, Peter J Rothbart, MD FRCPC, and Ye Li

This clinical trial studied the efficacy of infrared light therapy on chronic low back pain.