Learn the basics
In this blog we are going to talk about how often you should do red light therapy.
- Differences & Considerations
- Can you overdo red light therapy?
Red Light Therapy is quickly becoming a popular treatment for people looking for pain relief, healing skin conditions, treating muscle and injury pains, and even to optimise their hormones.
If you are one of the hundreds of people that contact us wondering how often you should use red light therapy for, the short answer is that there is no right answer. With red light therapy there is no one-size-fits-all dosage, it really depends on your device and the condition you are treating.
There are a lot of different conditions you can treat with red light therapy and, on our FREE user guides we try to include the most useful ones:
- Aches and Pains
- After Surgery Recovery
- Anti-Inflammatory properties
- Athletes performance
- Brain Health
- Depression and Mood
- Eye Health
- Fat Loss
- Hashimoto Thyroiditis
- Hormone Optimisation
- Muscle Recovery
- Skin and Beauty
- Sleep Optimisation
As you can see, there are a lot of different needs one can have, just like each person has a unique DNA, everyone responds differently to the treatment.
Differences and Considerations
The main reasons why the treatments might differ are:
The Condition Treated
Some conditions require more intensive treatment than others.
This means you might need to use a red light alone, a near-infrared light (NIR) alone or both combined.
Red light ( 660nm) penetrates the most superficial layers of skin and NIR (850nm) penetrates deeper into the body.
Some results, especially when it comes to muscle recovery, skin improvement or mood changes, can happen fairly quickly. Others, in contrast, take more time because they happen on a cellular level and biological changes take time.
We always recommend 1 to 4 months or regular treatment to see results and experience benefits.
Your Overall Level Of Health
The starting point might be very different between individuals. It’s not the same to start using red light therapy suffering from several chronic conditions or starting with an optimal level of wellbeing.
Waiting to see results might be frustrating, but you have to be patient and stick with your treatment routine.
Even if it takes you longer than other people, you will get your benefits if you stick to the routine long enough.
Your Light Sensitivity
We have to take into account that the color, the tone, and the thickness of the skin can affect the penetration of the light. This means that someone will need shorter treatment times while others will need longer ones.
Always start slow and see how you feel. Although red light therapy is an absolutely safe form of therapy, your body needs time to adjust to it.
*If you are taking photosensitising medication or suffer from any form of cancer, always speak to your doctor before using red light therapy.
Once you have purchased your red light therapy device, read through the user guide and find out what treatment time and distance is best for your condition. If your condition is not mentioned or you have got any doubts, you can always contact us with your questions at [email protected]
Finally, let’s tackle one last question.
Can you overdo red light?
According to Michael Hamblin, a red light therapy expert and associate professor at Harvard Medical School, “You could use RLT for 24 hours a day and wouldn’t damage the skin. It’s almost impossible to cause any harm.”
Although you will not suffer any damage, we do not recommend you to expose to the light for too long for two different reasons:
- The first one is that your body can only absorb a certain amount of light. Once you have absorbed this amount, you are simply wasting your time. Staying for longer in front of the light is not going to bring you any more benefits and, by contrast, might delay results due to the over-exposure.
- The second one is that you might experience temporary tightness or redness if you have very sensitive skin, or even a tingling sensation. Although after a few minutes, your body will adjust and go back to normal, it is something to consider if you do your treatment before a specific event.
As you can guess, after reading this blog, red light therapy is a very safe form of therapy.
Although the treatment times might differ from individual A to individual B, due to the different considerations we have mentioned above, if you are consistent with the treatment and don’t exceed the recommended treatment times that we specify on our FREE USER GUIDES, it is just a matter of time until you start seeing the results and enjoying the benefits.
Are you ready to take action and improve your health?
If so, check out our premium red light therapy devices here.
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