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.
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.
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