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Does LED Red Light Therapy Really Work?

LightStim for Pain

LightStim for Pain

Pros

Relieving arthritic pain, reducing join point, and reducing inflammation.
Notable Attributes: The device can be used at home and can treat a variety of pains—joint, muscle, general inflammation, etc. It can also be used anywhere on the face, back arms, legs, and torso and emits a gentle heat that is very relaxing.

t’s easy to use. You simply place the light on your skin lightly and it gets to work! It also acts very fast. I noticed temporary relief within 20 minutes of using it.

Cons

You may have to treat each area for up to 30 minutes. Although that isn’t technically a very long time, you can only treat one area at a time. So if you have several areas you want to treat, you could be sitting there for a while. In addition, as fast as it relieves pain, the LightStim does not permanently reduce your pain. In light of that, I think the cost of the device is a bit high.

Types: LightStim does have other devices that use different kinds of light to reduce wrinkles and acne.

Bottom Line

You may have to treat each area for up to 30 minutes. Although that isn’t technically a very long time, you can only treat one area at a time. So if you have several areas you want to treat, you could be sitting there for a while. In addition, as fast as it relieves pain, the LightStim does not permanently reduce your pain. In light of that, I think the cost of the device is a bit high.

Types: LightStim does have other devices that use different kinds of light to reduce wrinkles and acne.

The first time I’d ever heard about red light therapy was when they started putting red light therapy beds in tanning salons.  I hadn’t thought about them in a while until I recently visited a doctor who specializes in athletic performance.  I don’t struggle with aches and pains so much, as I have a lot of built-up scar tissue that occurs naturally from lifting heavily.  So I went to see this doctor for some myofascial therapy.  However, after he finished, he pulled out the hokiest hand-held device I had ever seen, LightStim, that looked like something he had picked it up at a dollar store. Honestly, I thought there was no possible way this little gizmo could actually work.

LightStim For Pain Handheld LED Therapy Light Device with Rick Domeier – QVCtv

I was a good sport though and lay down for 20 minutes with the LightStim across my upper back.  Surprisingly, I did feel some relief in the muscle knots in those specific areas. But it was a short-lived relief.

LightStim is supposed to have a variety of healing properties, based on the color light they emit.  The ones for pain—like the one the sports doctor used on me—use red light like the beds in the tanning salon.  LightStim claims that your body benefits from the red lights like plants do by absorbing the light and turning it into healing energy.

So, does LightStim really work for pain?  I grabbed a handheld device from Amazon to check it out for myself.

Thanks for reading! Let us know what you think about this review in the comments section below.

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The first time I’d ever heard about red light therapy was when they started putting red light therapy beds in tanning salons.  I hadn’t thought about them in a while until I recently visited a doctor who specializes in athletic performance.  I don’t struggle with aches and pains so much, as I have a lot of built-up scar tissue that occurs naturally from lifting heavily.  So I went to see this doctor for some myofascial therapy.  However, after he finished, he pulled out the hokiest hand-held device I had ever seen, LightStim, that looked like something he had picked it up at a dollar store. Honestly, I thought there was no possible way this little gizmo could actually work.

LightStim For Pain Handheld LED Therapy Light Device with Rick Domeier – QVCtv

I was a good sport though and lay down for 20 minutes with the LightStim across my upper back.  Surprisingly, I did feel some relief in the muscle knots in those specific areas. But it was a short-lived relief.

LightStim is supposed to have a variety of healing properties, based on the color light they emit.  The ones for pain—like the one the sports doctor used on me—use red light like the beds in the tanning salon.  LightStim claims that your body benefits from the red lights like plants do by absorbing the light and turning it into healing energy.

So, does LightStim really work for pain?  I grabbed a handheld device from Amazon to check it out for myself.

Thanks for reading! Let us know what you think about this review in the comments section below.

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By Ana Snyder, M.S., Exercise Physiology; CPT, FNS

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