How Safe is Light Therapy?
When we think of light therapy, we may think of UV light, tanning beds or heating lights. When light therapy is used for therapeutic purposes, we’re talking about LED light ( Light emitting diodes), infrared light, Cold Laser Therapy or Low Level Laser Therapy, (LLLT).
The LED light that is used for healing purposes uses diodes instead of having a filament to provide light, which protects the body from delivering to harsh of a light. What is a diode? A diode hosts electrons that move inside of a semiconductor material, which generates a light. The light created within these diodes is a cool light and does not emit heat as opposed to the heated light that is used in hot lasers used in surgery, or heat emitted from TV’s, cell phones, or computers etc. The rest of the light spectrum includes, microwaves, UV rays, x-rays, and gamma radiation, which are invisible to the naked eye, which can be damaging.
Some people claim that tanning beds help ease seasonal affective disorder symptoms. But this hasn’t been proved to work. Visible light, not the UV light released by tanning beds is used in light therapy to help many disorders. The type of light released by tanning beds can damage your skin and increase your risk of skin cancer, because it emits high levels of radiation.
“Infrared or LED Light Therapy can be Very Healing”
Many of these invisible waves of radiation can be harmful if people are over exposed to them. However, the rays used in infrared or led light therapy are very beneficial and do not harm the body in any way. Cool lasers, also a form of light therapy emit biophoton energy and infrared light, these forms of light are not as dense or concentrated and even though they penetrate into tissues, they do not heat or cause inflammation. They reduce inflammation.
Led therapy administered in low concentrations are not required to be used under a medical or Doctors supervision, however, it’s important that you advise your practitioner if you are photosensitive, particularly if you are using a retinol cream or taking medications that make you more sensitive to light, such as tetracycline. Light therapy can create more sensitivity if you are taking these medications, or present with autoimmune conditions such as, Lupus. Although, light therapy can be beneficial for conditions such as MS, fibromyalgia, Parkinson’s, and arthritis.
LEDs Boost Energy Into Cells and Accelerate Healing
Alternative therapists such as, Acupuncturists, Chiropractors, Osteopaths, Physical Therapists and Massage Therapists are now incorporating light therapy into their treatments and seeing amazing results. Scientists at the Medical College of Wisconsin are examining how light technology helps hard to heal wounds, such as serious burns and severe oral sores caused by chemotherapy and radiation. The LEDs boost energy to the cells and accelerate healing without any adverse side effects.
“Don’t be afraid to try light therapy, it may improve your condition.”
Overall, light therapy is safe and can be especially beneficial after surgery, injury, fatigue, and depression. If your body feels better with light therapy, you know you’re doing something healthy for it. If you would like to try the benefits of acupressure with color light therapy, feel free to give me a call.
Would you like more information? check out the resources below, or contact Judy Bloom for additional questions. Contact: (408)666-5775. Email: Judybloomacupressure@gmail.com
Colored Light Therapy: Overview of its History, Theory, Recent Developments and Clinical Applications Combined with Acupuncture
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Massage Magazine on Color Light Therapy
Academician of Russian Academy of Laser Sciences