Frequently asked questions

So, what is light therapy and what does it do?


In its most basic definition, light therapy is the application of specific energy wavelengths to the body to upregulate cellular performance and achieve therapeutic benefits, including anti-aging, pain management, and wound healing.




So, what is light therapy?


Light therapy is the application of specific wavelengths of light energy to skin tissue to obtain therapeutic results. Various wavelengths penetrate depp into and past the skin's dermal layer to specifically target cells at the source of the problem. The energy that is absorbed by the cells are then used to naturally improve cellular performance. Low level light therapy is delivered through light emitting diodes (LEDs) and it has the potential to work with a variety of skin and pain conditions, You might have heard people refer to light therapy in a number of ways, such as: low level light therapy, light-activated biostimulation, phototherapy, LED therapy, photobiomodulation, and red light therapy. No matter what you call it - - the science behind light therapy is the same.




How does light therapy work?


Like plants that absorb sunlight to power photosynthesis that allows them to boost cellular growth, the cells within the body will also absorb specific wavelengths that will stimulate both collagen and elastin growth. Light therapy will also boost cardio circulation which will then deliver more oxygen and nutrients to all of the affected tissues. Just as in photosynthesis the body's cells will absorb red, blue, and near-infared wavelengths to boost performance. In other words, the cells within the body can absorb particles of light (protons) and then transform the energy produced into adenosine triphosphate (ATP); the main source of energy that cells need to power the metabolic processes. The resulting elevation of ATP levels are then used to upregulate cellular performance and repair tissue damage. When the body absorbs particular wavelengths of light energy it converts that energy to produce more ATP; that will then boost the body's natural ability to regain and maintain vitality.




Is light therapy safe?


Light therapy is safe and it is also clinically proven for the management of various skin and pain conditions. Light therapy is also non-toxic, non-invasive, and an affordable alternative to prescription drugs and harsh topical treatments. Unlike other types of therapy treatments, light emitting diodes (LEDs) do not contain ultraviolet (UV) rays; so, there is no risk of cancer-causing damage to the skin. In comparision to lasers, LEDs generate negligible amounts of heat and are not considered a significant risk to the general population.




What are the side-effects of light therapy?


In general, side-effects from light therapy are rare. If they do occur, they typically involve temporary redness of the treated area. Side-effects are minor and do not last long. Light therapy treatments are non-invasive, painless, require no recovery time, and can be used on all skin tones and types.




How much do light therapy treatments cost?


The best answer to this question is to refer you to our YouTube Channel. Youtube.com/newwavetherapy




How often should I use light therapy?


Light therapy is more effective if you keep up with sessions on a regular basis. For anti-aging, for example, most practitioners recommend two or three sessions per week. The use of light therapy is best when it is used on a very regular basis, it is possible to use light therapy multiple times per day, as needd to help elevate or manage a particular problem. Multiple usage has no side-effects.




Why is the Red light set at 660nm?


The wavelength of 660nm was chosen due to the fact that it is closest to the resonant frequency of cell tissue, allowing it to be better absorbed in hemoglobin.




Why would I need a light therapy device and when would I use it?


Light (LED based) therapy requires no prep time and can be used with either direct contact or even held inches from the skin. Although the best results are achieved when held close to the skin as possible. Doing so makes it easy to work with sensitive areas. Light therapy is great for general pain relief, closing minor flesh woulds, relieving skin issues, and for reducing scar tissue.




If I have other therapy protocols why do I need light therapy?


We consider light therapy to be our foundation or cornerstone therapy, mainly because of the benefits and applications are beyond compare. Other therapies have their own specialties, but light therapy is able to do it all. There is nothing better than a whole body treatment and it can easily adjust to work with many conditions and with a variety of methods.




What is the solid beam of light used for?


A steady or solid beam of light will remove or dull pain, reduce inflammation, and allow muscles to relax.




What is the pulsing beam of light used for?


A pulsing beam of light is best to aid in the internal healing process. This is accomplished through the production of more protien than normal and it will then help the cells to regenerate faster internally.




Is light therapy more effective than creams?


Light therapy penetrates deep into the skin; it reaches the dermis layer of skin stimulating cells to produce collegan and elastin while at the same time helping to discard waste. Creams stay on the epidermis layer of the skin and are not able to rejuvenate the skin.




What is red light?


Red light is a technology that has both cosmetic and healing properties. When I refer to the word "healing" it is used as "the natural process by which the body heals itself." That is what exactly happens when the body is exposed to red light or any other collagen producing wavelength. When red light (660nm) wavelengths penetrate deeply into the layers of the skin it energizes the fibroblast cells that create elastin and collagen; this is how skin repair damage and rejuvenates itself. This application works for all applications where any light therapy is used to help any situation; it works on minor cuts, abrasions, minor burns, muscle aches, sprains, strains, and any one of numerous other applications.




Should I remove makeup before a session?


Yes, it is better to remove all makeup, creams, and body lotions before any light therapy session. This will allow you to get the greatest results from the light therapy session. The removal of makeup, lotions, and creams will allow for a deeper penetration of the light and allow the skin to better absorb the light wavelength.




Will light therapy help with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)?


Red light along with other light therapies has been proven to improve Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).




Do I need to wear some sort of eye protection such as similar to tanning goggles?


For red light therapy it is not required, however, for other l;ight therapies; such as near-infrared light therapy it is necessary to have some sort of eye protection. Just remember that the light that is produced is a very bright light and it could be uncomfortable for some individuals with sensitivities to light.




Will I have to maintain light therapy indefinitely to maintain results?


Yes, it is recommended to start with a commitment of 20 minutes for 3 to 5 times a week for the 1st four weeks; then dropping to 2 to 3 times a week for the next 4 to 12 weeks, and finally reducing your commitment to 1 or 2 times a week to maintain the results.