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Treating Sports-related Injury and Pain with Light Therapy

The Knees and Tennis Elbow

Sports Injuries

The recognition that obesity has life threatening consequences through diabetes, heart disease and, now, Corona virus has lead, many of us, to a “Get Fit” exercise regime. As a nation we are becoming more active in sports, at all ages, than ever in our history. Baby boomers, now in their 50’s and 70’s deny the inevitable aging of their bodies, and, in order to stay youthful intensify their sports activities . We are all encouraged to walk more, run, cycle and play more sports at whatever age group. However often there is “No gain without pain” through this quest to be fitter.

So there is an escalating level of sports related injuries and pain.

Today we are focusing on two of the most common sports related joint injuries of the Knee/ Elbow and how Light Therapy can be used to alleviate the symptoms.

Our new and unique Dgyao X 1 light therapy device repairs damaged tissue and reliefs pain in knees & elbows. It is safe, drug-free and a natural solution with no negative side effects. The device is designed specifically for the “purpose” to give 360degree surface light therapy coverage combined with compression. For more details and to purchase a Dgyao X 1 please visit https://www.light-x.co.uk/dgyao-2-in-1-compression-brace

What is Light Therapy?

During the past decade Light Therapy has emerged as an effective novel therapy for sports related injuries.

Light therapy is a non-invasive, non-drug modality that stimulates the body’s own healing mechanisms via both molecular signaling and circulatory modulation.

The benefit of light therapy is that it reduces the discomfort of pain and inflammation while promoting blood flow to assist the body’s own tissue repair mechanisms.

Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) of a specific wavelength (Red and infrared) provide a safe and affordable technology for delivering light therapy (also referred to as Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) or photobiomodulation). This has led to the development of light therapy devices for “In home” use which are both economical to purchase and convenient to use.

Benefits of Light Therapy for Knee & Elbow Pain (At Home)

 Try using this new light therapy device at home to heal your knee or elbow pain:

  1. Easy to apply and use at home
  2. Available to you 24/7
  3. Safe and side-effect free
  4. Nontoxic, non-invasive, drug-free
  5. Cost-effective
  6. Superior to medication, shots, and can prevent surgery
  7. Works synergistically with chiro, acupuncture and PT treatments.

The drug-free ways to relieve and heal your knee or elbow pain – without medication, side effects and risks.

 Convenient Home use for:-
            · Reducing inflammation
            · Stimulating endorphins which facilitate pain relief
            ·Accelerating healing
            · Stimulating fibroblast activity
            · Inducing a thermal effect on tissue
            · Increasing positive cellular activity

Reference – Published Paper
Low Level Laser Therapy for chronic knee joint pain patients
Background and Aims:
 Chronic knee joint pain is one of the most frequent complaints which is seen in the outpatient clinic in our medical institute. In previous studies we have reported the benefits of low level laser therapy (LLLT) for chronic pain in the shoulder joints, elbow, hand, finger and the lower back. The present study is a report on the effects of LLLT for chronic knee joint pain. Conclusion: The present study demonstrated that 830 nm LLLT was an effective form of treatment for chronic knee pain caused by knee osteoarthritis. Patients were advised to undertake training involving gentle flexion and extension of the knee.
Contributors to paper: 
Takashi Nakamura, Satoru Ebihara, Ikuko Ohkuni, Hideaki Izukura, Takashi Harada,  Nobuyuki Ushigome, Toshio Ohshiro, Yoshiro Musha, Hiroshi Takahashi, Kazuaki Tsuchiya, and Ayako Kubota

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The Benefits of Far Infrared Light, Massage and Heat Therapy

Quantum X – A new form of massage that Targets pain using a handheld LED wand.

Far Infrared Therapy (FIR) is a safe, non-drug and natural alternative therapy for healing and thus relieving pain. It can be used in the treatment of a variety of health problems such as arthritis, muscle pain and joint stiffness.

  • FIR light penetrates the skin and is then absorbed by the mitochondria – the energy powerhouse of the cell. The energy-carrying molecule found in the cells of all living things is called ATP (adenosine triphosphate). By increasing the function of the mitochondria using FIR, a cell can make more ATP.  Because of this increase in metabolism of the collective cells, healing is stimulated in muscle, bone and subcutaneous tissue. FIR gives the cells a ‘full tank of fuel’ and speeds up the healing process relieving pain more quickly. 
  • No other source of heat therapy can penetrate as deeply into the muscles as Far infrared waves which penetrate up to 4 cm (1.5”) deep into tissue to generate increased circulation and warmth providing immense relief to muscles and joints. The gentle heat produced in FIR heat therapy exerts an analgesic effect and can help reduce or eliminate chronic pains
  • With the FIR wand , the light, gentle vibration and heat are actually targeted to the effected area, making it possible to speed up tissue repair.
  •  Despite the heat induced, FIR therapy does not cause any significant rise in core body temperature or in blood pressure, which makes it safe for people with cardiovascular problems.

“LED” stands for Light Emitting Diode, it is a computer chip encased in a glass-like resin, which emits therapeutic wavelengths (or colours) of light energy,”

LED colours for pain are Red and Infrared (Invisible to the human eye) 

RED and INFRARED – wavelength 620 nm – 670 nm (Red) – Infrared  -700 nm to 1200 nm

Near-infrared LEDs will appear unlit because their energy is not visible to the human eye. However, they are just as powerful as the red you can see and actually penetrate the body deeper.

When there is injury, disease or overuse, pain is the communication between the body and the brain. Healing is the best way to alleviate pain, rather than masking it through the use of pain killers. Drugs can offer relief, albeit with physical and mental side effects but are not likely to remove the source of the pain.

Benefits of at-home infrared, handheld massage “Wands”

The Quantum “X” for pain relief – The Quantum X is only £99.00 and can be purchased here

  • By targeting your painful areas through massage and simultaneously penetrating your deep tissue with infrared light, the “ Quantum “X” Wand” increases blood circulation, stimulates tissue repair and relieves pain.
  • The natural light waves, are transmitted by LEDs into the skin and combined with the massage feature (3 levels) and gentle heat.
  • The device has16 LED – RED lights (624 nm) and 9 INFRARED (940 nm). 
  • The Lightweight handheld design is easy to move around your body so you can target sore spots
  • Rechargeable- with-USB connection Cordless Operation 
  • 1 year warranty 
  • LED therapy devices have no contra-indications of any kind.
  • This is the natural power of energy – not drugs
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Shining a light on oral health

Blue light (UVA) suppresses the harmful bacteria, in our mouths and lets the healthy bacteria survive, which leads to better smelling breath and healthier gums. It also removes plaque, the sticky film that grows on your teeth everyday: that slippery/fuzzy coating you feel when you first wake up. Our ORAL X 3 Blue light device is now available for home use.

The Science
“Technology employing blue light to improve oral ecology could be the most important advancement in maintaining periodontal health since the invention of the toothbrush.”- Dr. Goodman D.D.S., Forsythe Institute – Harvard Medical School


Research has shown that as many as 700 different types of oral bacteria may be found in dental plaque that accumulates on teeth. While some bacteria is benign or even helpful, others invade and destroy gum tissue and bone—leading to loss of teeth, and, possibly, to infection elsewhere in the body.


The more destructive bacteria are called “black-pigmented bacteria” (BPB) which have been implicated as pathogens associated with periodontitis . This bacteria accumulates black pigment organisms called porphyrins. These porphyrins are photosensitive, and, when activated by Blue (UVA) light , induce a photodynamic reaction which kills the microorganism within seconds.

The science is now reality with Oral “X” 3 – a Blue Light device that can be used in the comfort of your own home. With the shape similar to a small mouth guard, the device fits comfortably to accommodate the upper and lower teeth and gums.

The device uses cold light LED technology with high intensity blue light between 480-520nm through 30 specially coated optical lenses to separate harmful UV light and infrared rays. The blue light LEDs bathe gums and stimulate deep healing to reduce teeth sensitivity and improve gum health. The blue light has also been scientifically  proven to kill harmful oral bacteria which is the root cause of gum disease, gingivitis and bad breath.


The Oral “X” 3 is supplied with a rechargeable , cold light controller with an exclusive cold light chip to maintain a constant current output voltage. The 2000mAh Li battery provides long running  time and the type-c port makes charging more convenient.


THE BENEFITS

•        Kills bacteria that causes gum disease and bad breath

•        Reduces build-up of plaque and tartar

•        Treats and prevents gum issues including gingivitis and   sores

•        Decreases tooth sensitivity and inflammation of the gums

•        Promotes overall healthier gums and teeth

•        Helps Denture-Related Stomatitis, Halitosis, and Erosion

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The New Generation of Home Light Therapy Devices

As light therapy continues to gain the wider global acceptance as an alternative a non- invasive and drug free treatment for many medical conditions the R&D engineers have been busy improving the home use devices.  The result is we now have more effective, easier to use and affordable devices  for the home use by the consumer.

Light therapy is no longer in the exclusive domain of clinics and now home use units allow the user the advantage of daily home therapy with all the convenience, more frequent use and cost savings.

The next generation of home use LIGHT Therapy products have arrived !

Powerful, broad spectrum and re-chargeable units are now becoming available so the user is not “Tethered” to a power outlet but can have a therapy unit for “On the go”, mobile, use. Re-chargeable through the laptop or USB wall adapter.

If the therapy is for Pain, Anti-Ageing, Acne or Oral Health these new generation products are here now at affordable prices to the end user.

BLT (Brilliant Light Therapy) is a leader in bringing innovative Light Therapy Devices to consumers in the UK and Europe. 

BLT are launching the first five of these new generation products during October 2019, in the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain. The new products are for “Home use”   with  applications  for Anti Ageing, Pain, Acne and Oral Health.

In order for you to choose the right product it is helpful to have a basic understanding of the, proven published, scientific  evidence  for  LED Phot-bio modulation  or– Low Level Light Therapy “LLLT”.

“LED stands for Light Emitting Diode, it is a computer chip encased in a glass-like resin, which emits therapeutic wavelengths (or colours) of light energy,”

When used consistently, over time, LED lights penetrate your skin at different depths and cause various reactions in your skin, such as fighting acne-causing bacteria, plumping skin and reducing wrinkles.

LED lights for skin care and pain are  Infrared (Invisible to the human eye) and  Red,

Blue light kills bacteria that causes acne and gum disease, plus red/infrared stimulates collagen production to help speed the natural healing process.

JUST a LITTLE MORE SCIENCE !

RED and INFRARED – wavelength 620 nm – 670 nm (Red) – Infrared  -700 nm to 1200 nm

If the therapeutic light energy is in the correct wavelength, the cells in the dermis layer of skin will convert that light energy into ATP (adenosine triphosphate), which is the fuel that the cell uses to do its job. The fibroblast cells in the dermis layer have the job of producing collagen (which give the skin fullness or that plumped look) and elastin (which give the skin the ability to bounce back). Thus, LED gives the cells a ‘full tank of fuel’ and these fibroblast cells start to produce collagen and elastin like when one was 20-25 years old.

Near-infrared LEDs will appear unlit because their energy is not visible to the human eye. However, they are just as powerful as the red you can see and actually penetrate the body deeper.

BLUE LIGHT  – wavelength – 400 to 490 nm

Blue Light therapy is used to for wound healing in clinical situations but is also is particularly effective for acne and oral health.

When Blue light is applied to the skin it kills the acne-causing bacteria known as Propionibacterium acnes, or P acnes, which can cause inflammation. P acnes is sensitive to blue light. Using the blue light, eliminates the bacteria found in the oil glands in the skin. The added presence of infrared light (heat) in the home devices causes the oil glands to shrink in size. The result is less oil in the skin and less bacteria, leading to  resolution of acne in the treated areas.

When Blue light is applied to the gums ( Through a special mouthpiece similar to a mouth guard) the light kills the “ Destructive” bacteria but does not destroy “Helpful” bacteria – unlike a mouthwash. Destructive bacteria known as BPB (Black Pigmented Bacteria) is implicated with periodontitis which can lead to destroy gum tissue and bone – leading to loss of teeth. 

“Technology employing blue light to improve oral ecology could be the most important advancement in maintaining periodontal health since the invention of the toothbrush.”- Dr. Goodman D.D.S., Forsyth Institute  Harvard Medical School

LED therapy devices have no contra-indications of any kind.

This is the  natural power of energy – not drugs

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Realizing The Feet-Mind Connection

Did you know that nearly half of all the sensory information transmitted to your brain originates in your feet? With this vast amount of stimuli, the feet-to-brain relationship leads to dynamic things such as stability, strength, safety, focus, and  clarity about where we are in space–all important to provide calm, certainty, and security throughout our lives.

When it comes to achieving your mind-body balance it’s important to recognize your feet are a vital corner stone to total well being.

As we age problems in the body can show up in the feet. Diabetes is a huge one, then there’s nerve damage such as peripheral neuropathy and circulatory decline called Peripheral Arterial Disease, Heel Pain  (Plantar fasciitis) arthritis, and arch problems to name a few. 

LLLT or Photobiomodulation Therapy has become a Game Changer in the treatment of many of these foot ailments. LLLT has been widely used by clinicians for a number of years and, ndue to advances in  technology, is now available in devices for home use. These new home use therapy units are very effective, offer ultimate convenience and considerable cost savings to the patient compared to visiting a clinic several times a month.

What is LLLT / Photobiomodulation Therapy?

LLLT (Low Level Laser Therapy), Red Light Therapy or Photobiomodulation Therapy which is the best technical term, is the application of red and near infra-red light over injuries or lesions to improve wound and soft tissue healing, reduce inflammation and give relief for both acute and chronic pain.

Let’s take a look at the two most common foot ailments – the cause- the symptoms and the benefits of LLLT – Red Light Therapy

Plantar fasciitis (PLAN-tur fas-e-I-tis) is one of the most common causes of heel pain. It involves inflammation of a thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of your foot and connects your heel bone to your toes (plantar fascia).

Plantar fasciitis commonly causes stabbing pain that usually occurs with your first steps in the morning. As you get up and move more, the pain normally decreases, but it might return after long periods of standing or after rising from sitting.

ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01835743

Low level laser therapy (LLLT) offers a quick, painless, non-invasive, side-effect free alternative to relieve the debilitating pain of plantar fasciitis. When applied to injuries and lesions, low level laser light has been shown to stimulate healing and reduce pain by accelerating the speed, quality and strength of tissue repair and the reduction of inflammation. Laser therapy has been found to be particularly effective over other standard therapies in relieving pain and other symptoms associated with chronic problems and injuries as it impacts the complete system of targeted muscles, tendons, ligaments, connective tissue, bone, nerve, and dermal tissues.

Peripheral neuropathy, a result of damage to the nerves outside of the brain and spinal cord (peripheral nerves), often causes weakness, numbness and pain, usually in your hands and feet. It can also affect other areas of your body.

Peripheral neuropathy has a prevalence of 2.4 percent in the general population and a prevalence of 30 to 50 percent in individuals with diabetes.

Neuropathy can have serious detrimental effects on a patient’s quality of life. Patients with diabetic neuropathy have a 1.7-fold greater risk of amputation and a 25 to 50 percent higher mortality rate in comparison to those diabetic patients without neuropathy.

Your peripheral nervous system sends information from your brain and spinal cord (central nervous system) to the rest of your body. The peripheral nerves also send sensory information to the central nervous system.

Peripheral neuropathy can result from traumatic injuries, infections, metabolic problems, inherited causes and exposure to toxins. One of the most common causes is diabetes.

People with peripheral neuropathy generally describe the pain as stabbing, burning or tingling.

One of the latest developments of a Red Light Therapy product comes from DPL , a global leader in LLLT therapy devices. Specifically designed for treatment of the feet the “Foot Pain Relief Slippers”

TESTIMONIALS 

Jenny L

 I have terrible foot pain from Morton’s neuromas and neuropathy. I’ve been using this product less than two weeks and I’m already taking less pain medication. In fact, I noticed a lessening of pain within the first two days. Placebo effect isn’t an issue with me; I’ve spent thousands of dollars on stuff that doesn’t work and didn’t have high hopes for this one. Desperation made me take the chance. I think this is well worth the cost based on how much less pain I have and fewer meds I’m taking.

Jack S

Helped with my neuropathy 

October 19, 2018

I recently got diagnosed with diabetic neuropathy, and was looking for anything that would give me a little relief. These do the job, but the pain relief isn’t permanent, only temporary. But I’ll happily take whatever relief from the pain that I can. 

E Palen

My husband and I both have flareups of plantar fasciitis (PF) from time to time. I’d been walking for exercise which helped, but using these “slides” was the missing step that now helps me live without the pain. Being able to just stand on my feet and go without having to hobble for a few minutes first has been a real joy. I can even do stairs now without doing a flat footed crab walk up and down the steps – you PF sufferers know what I mean!

My hubby only recently started using them and gained instant relief especially after he’s had a long day on his feet. They help to increase blood flow to your feet which I have found helps with minor foot injuries when I’ve overworked my toe joints. 

What is LLLT / Photobiomodulation Therapy?

LLLT (Low Level Laser Therapy) or Photobiomodulation Therapy which is the best technical term, is the application of red and near infra-red light over injuries or lesions to improve wound and soft tissue healing, reduce inflammation and give relief for both acute and chronic pain

Light therapy, by a licensed healthcare provider, is typically given for a minimum of three times a week for 8-12 weeks. This time frame is due to the overall patient load at a clinic or the logistics of getting patients from their residence to a clinic. If treatments can be given more frequently [4-5 times a week] blood flow often improves more quickly and positive outcomes are seen in less time.

Improving blood flow lessens what is known as “ischemic” pain and helps nerves to begin to carry sensations again. Remember, sensory loss due to poor blood flow to nerves is a symptom of peripheral neuropathy

Scientific evidence shows that IR light triggers the release of nitric oxide from blood vessels and from red blood cells at the site of treatment. Nitric oxide causeslocal vasodilation that lasts several hours after the treatments cease. Vasodilation improves blood flow and is useful in patients whose peripheral neuropathy is due to poor blood flow.

Light emitting diodes (LEDs) are a part of medical devices that emit near infrared (IR) light or light of various colors (polychromatic). Unlike blue, red or yellow light, IR light is invisible to the human eye. The IR light has been reported in the scientific literature to dilate blood vessels at the site of treatment.

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THE MOST VERSATILE AND BEST RED LIGHT THERAPY DEVICE FLEXIBLE LED RED LIGHT PADS (Flexpads)

Flexpads provide a convenient body wrap of therapeutic LED’s in-bedded in a neoprene flexible panel which can be used for “At Home” treatment. The most popular pad is 25 cm x 14 cm housing 60 Medical Grade Light Emitting Diodes. Forty are in the infrared spectrum and twenty are red wavelength 660nm LED’s .

Flexpads are light weight and flexible. They are also flexible in their use, it is hands free, snugly fits to the body contours, can be used at any convenient time and therefore fits effortlessly into the users lifestyle

These versatile, flexible, red light pads have multiple applications for the management of pain. They have proven, effective for multiple conditions including recuperation from sports and trauma injuries, tendonitis, bursitis, neuropathy and  for both rheumatoid and osteoarthritis.

Flexpads offer hands free treatment as they can be secured in place by the Velcro belts supplied with the unit. The 25 cm x 14 cm flexible panel is particularly effective for wrapping around joints like elbows on knees.

Flexpads are powered through a USB connection either by a wall socket USB adaptor or a small USB battery power bank. The power bank allowing the unit to be used virtually anywhere, car, plane etc. –  so you are not tethered to a wall socket. 

Red and infrared Light Therapy are used to promote the body’s natural healing powers. The panel is placed on the skin and the low energy pulses can then begin to penetrate the skin tissue in the treatment area. The absorbed light energy is converted into biomechanical energy which stimulates and accelerates the bodies natural healing process. This results in the relaxation of muscle cells within the vessel walls particularly in the large veins  and arteries. Even just a short treatment will increase blood flow to nerves and other tissues resulting in pain relief and injury regeneration.

Near-infrared light (NIL) and Red Light has had over 1,000 clinical papers published including randomised double blind controlled clinical trials 

Just one example of the experience of a Flexpad user :-

The Flex Pad Pain has brought back full functionality and significantly reduced the pain following surgery to my throat and back to remove bones and discs in my upper back and deal with torn muscles that keep the shoulder in place.

The pain was relentless after surgery and no amount of drugs would reduce this. I also had nowhere near full functionality in my upper back and shoulder and surgeons were considering a further operation.

At this stage I invested in the Flex Pad Pain, a flexible pad that wraps around the part of your body to treat, and after a short time I have recovered almost full movement in my upper back and shoulder. The pain has greatly subsided with only the occasional need to use any pain-killers. I bought a fabric brace to hold The Flexpad in place against my back and this works well.

Thanks to the Flex Pad Pain from Brilliant Light Therapy I’m now back at the gym and fully running my construction business. 

Richard Steedman, Cameron Drywall Contractors ltd.

Light Therapy , specifically IR  (infrared) – is a natural, non-invasive, non drug modality for healing and thus relieving pain. The USA , FDA (Food and Drug Administration) has approved the Flexpads for temporary   relief of aching joints and muscle pains, increased blood circulation and relaxing muscles.

This is energy based medicine versus pharmaceutical-based medicine with it’s many issues of toxicity and cost

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PAIN – LIGHT THERAPY – THE DRUG ALTERNATIVE

Pain is the communication between the body and brain when there is an injury, disease or overuse. Healing alleviates pain, rather than pain killer drugs which just mask the pain. Traditional narcotic pain management stops the pain but can have potential side effects and does not heal the cause of the pain. The drugs can cause addiction and often results in a cascading programme of more and more powerful pain killers.

Light Therapy , specifically IR  (infrared) – is a natural, non-invasive, non drug modality for healing and thus relieving pain. The USA , FDA (Food and Drug Administration) has approved certain of these devices for temporary  relief of aching joints and muscle pains, increased blood circulation and relaxing muscles.

The Science– LED – infrared light penetrates the skin and is absorbed by the mitochondria – the power house of the cell. Because of the increase in metabolism of the cells, healing is stimulated in muscle, bone, skin and subcutaneous tissue. Speeding up the healing process and relieving pain.

Clinical Studies – numerous studies over many decades have proven the benefits of red and infrared light therapy.  A practical example is from our testimonial archive for the DPL Flex Pad (LED) which demonstrates how effective light therapy can be :-

The Flex Pad Pain has brought back full functionality and significantly reduced the pain following surgery to my throat and back to remove bones and discs in my upper back and deal with torn muscles that keep the shoulder in place.

The pain was relentless after surgery and no amount of drugs would reduce this. I also had nowhere near full functionality in my upper back and shoulder and surgeons were considering a further operation.

At this stage I invested in the Flex Pad Pain, a flexible pad that wraps around the part of your body to treat, and after a short time I have recovered almost full movement in my upper back and shoulder. The pain has greatly subsided with only the occasional need to use any pain-killers. I bought a fabric brace to hold The Flexpad in place against my back and this works well.

Thanks to the Flex Pad Pain from Brilliant Light Therapy I’m now back at the gym and fully running my construction business.

Richard Steedman, Cameron Drywall Contractors ltd.

At Home Light Therapy Devices

Consumers have demanded Light Therapy units for in home use due to convenience, financial considerations and, most importantly, the ability to have daily therapy in the comfort of their own homes.

Some of the at-home units now available include:-

Panels – constructed like a book ,the unit opens, to expose the LED lights

Wands – Hand held devices similar to hand-held shower heads with various combinations of LED light spectrums

Wraps – flexible pads to conform to body contours with embedded LED lights

Neck Pillows – Just like the plush semi-circular pillows but with an array LED s embedded

Therapeutic Slippers – made of fabric with LED arrays to alleviate discomfort associate arthritis, nerve pain or plantar fasciitis.

Mitts – made of fabric with embedded LED arrays to alleviate discomfort associated with arthritis and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

This is energy based medicine versus pharmaceutical-based medicine with it’s many issues of toxicity and cost.

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LED Light Therapy – WHAT IS IT ?

What makes it good for your skin ?

You may have heard of it referred to as Blue Light or Red Light therapy, or maybe DPL or reVive Light Therapy. While DPL (Deep Penetrating  Light) and reVive Light Therapy are actual brand names and red or blue light refers to the type of treatment ( red is great for lines and wrinkles while blue is used to treat acne) essentially these are forms of LED light therapy.

But What Is It ?

LED stands for Light Emitting Diode, which is a computer chip encased in a glass resin, which emits therapeutic wavelengths (or colours) of light energy.

Providing the therapeutic energy is the correct wavelength, the cells in the dermis layer of skin will convert that light energy into ATP ( adenosine triphosphate), which is fuel that the cell uses to do its job. The fibroblast cells in the dermis layer have the job of producing collagen (which give the skin fullness and that plump look) and elastin (which gives the skin the ability to bounce back) LED Light Therapy gives the cells “a full tank of fuel” and those fibroblast cells start to produce collagen and elastin just like when we were younger.

LED Light Therapy reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, improves uneven skin tone, reduces pore size and brightens the skin. The result is the complexion is plumped  up with the new collagen (which pushes folds of the wrinkles out) and new elastin (which helps tighten the skin and give more elasticity)

LED Light Therapy is also an effective pain-free approach to treating skin concerns such as hyper-pigmentation, rosacea and acne.

Blue light therapy uses light in the blue wavelength range to kill the bacteria Propionibacterium acnes, or P. acnes, on the skin.

Blue light treatment is generally recognized as a safe, effective and non-invasive acne treatment. It is a great alternative to prescription oral or topical treatments which can be harsh or irritating to the skin

THE HOME ADVANTAGE ! – The Game Changer !

The new generation of At-Home LED Light Therapy has been a total game changer for the consumer wanting to take advantage of this revolutionary therapy in the comfort of their own home at an affordable price.

SAFE AND PROVEN THERAPY

LED Light Therapy is the only aesthetic device that has no contra-indications of any kind. It is good for all skin types, colours and conditions.

It is safe, painless, relaxing and non invasive.

Largely ignored by drug companies, up to this point, is that cells have an immense capability to heal themselves. With LED Light Therapy devices, you can kick start the body to regenerate and revitalize its cells which then allows them to renew themselves.

This is energy based medicine versus pharmaceutical-based medicine with it many issues of toxicity and cost.

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Teenage Acne – The Hidden Shadow of Mental Health

How we think and feel about our bodies

Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, Mental Health Awareness Week 2019 will take place from Monday 13 to Sunday 19 May 2019.

The theme for 2019 is Body Image – how we think and feel about our bodies.

The relationship between teenage acne and mental health issues, such as depression, has been the subject of extensive research and more recently, media coverage. Additionally new, promising, novel treatments have been developed to help alleviate the condition.

What is happening to the skin on the outside can have a profound effect on mental health

“The impact of acne may appear minimal to an observer but may be significant to the young person involved. There may be psychological effects as well. Adolescence is a time of low self-esteem, high peer pressure, rebellion against authority, and struggles to establish independence. The young person who has concerns about appearance will frequently choose to miss school, work, or social events, thus increasing feelings of depression and isolation. “
Iris Woodard, BSN, ANP Topics in Advanced Practice Nursing e Journal.

Acne vulgaris appears in teens and pre-teens just before or during puberty. This is the time in their life when they are most sensitive to any changes or modification to their body or appearance. A time when they are undergoing the maximum amount of social and physiological change and are most psychologically vulnerable. 30-50% of teens experience serious psychological difficulties that are a result of acne. Some of these difficulties include a feeling of isolation, managing emotions regarding their social interactions, body image and even sexuality in relation to the acne. For the teenager’s experiencing these psychological difficulties it is important to share these feelings with someone they trust and if possible peer to peer. This “Sharing” can be the first step to recovery

PEER HELP – Social Media

Social Media has played significant role in taking these isolated teenagers into a world where they connect with their peers ,who have the same anxiety issues over their acne, resulting in depression and isolation. Support groups now exist, with, for instance Instagram# teenageacne

What is the cause of acne ?

Acne is caused when tiny holes in the skin, known as hair follicles, become blocked.

Sebaceous glands are tiny glands found near the surface of the skin. The glands are attached to hair follicles, which are small holes in the skin that an individual hair grows out of.

Sebaceous glands lubricate the hair and the skin to stop it drying out. They do this by producing an oily substance called sebum.
In acne, the glands begin to produce too much sebum. The excess sebum mixes with dead skin cells and both substances form a plug in the follicle.

If the plugged follicle is close to the surface of the skin, it bulges outwards, creating a whitehead. Alternatively, the plugged follicle can be open to the skin, creating a blackhead.

Normally harmless bacteria that live on the skin can then contaminate and infect the plugged follicles, causing papules, pustules, nodules or cysts.

Can Light Therapy Help ?

Depression doesn’t have a single definitive cause and we are not claiming that teenage acne is the leading cause of depression but it is a contributing factor to low self-esteem and negative body image, which can increases the risk of depression.

So, if there’s something we can do to help teens have higher self-esteem and to promote a positive self-image, we plan to do it!

AT HOME THERAPY DEVICES

“I think interest in light therapy is definitely increasing,” says Michael Hamblin, PhD, an associate professor of dermatology at Harvard Medical School. “Instead of trekking to the doctor’s office to have light shined on them, consumers can now shine light on themselves at home. The light is basically the same, there are few safety issues, and it is a fraction of the cost.. And thanks to the recent availability of low-cost, heat-free (and thus safer) light-emitting diodes (LEDs), there are more do-it-yourself gadgets for treating acne, depression, and pain online.”

At Home Blue light therapy – a noninvasive Acne treatment

Blue light is used to kill certain bacteria on the skin.

Q: How does blue light technology work?
A: Blue light kills the acne-causing bacteria known as Propionibacterium acnes, or P acnes, which can cause inflammation. P acnes is sensitive to blue light. Using the blue light, eliminates the bacteria found in the oil glands in the skin. The added presence of infrared light (heat) in the home device causes the oil glands to shrink in size. The result is less oil in the skin and less bacteria, leading to the resolution of acne in the treated areas.

Q: Why is it effective?
A: Eliminating the bacteria from the skin with help from blue light decreases the inflammation associated with red pimples (papules) seen in acne. After a number of treatments, the blemishes disappear and skin regains its normal appearance.

Q: What are the benefits of at-home blue light treatments?
A: Home devices can be used at the convenience of the user, any time of the day or night and lead to significant skin improvements. The incredible advancements in at-home tools (LED Light Therapy Devices) allows for consumers to achieve efficacy on their own schedule.

Q: What results can be expected using blue light therapy?
A: Users of LED Blue Light Therapy have experienced a significant decrease in the number of acne lesions, both pimples and cysts, with a home device. Not only have they achieved better skin, there also has been a significant improvement in their self-confidence. Because most sufferers are young, the success of the treatment and reduction of their acne also helped their social life and interactions with others, both in a personal and a professional setting.

Q:What are the advantages of blue light therapy for acne ?
A:
 Blue light therapy offers benefits over alternative acne treatments, as it is considered:

  • safe and gentle
  • painless
  • drug-free
  • appropriate for all areas of the body
  • suitable for use with most other acne therapies

Unlike photodynamic therapy, there is no requirement to avoid the sun following treatment. Blue light therapy does not cause any scarring.

According to the American Academy of Dermatology light therapies “show great promise in treating acne,” with many people experiencing a significant improvement in their skin health after a number of sessions.

Blue light therapy can be used to treat acne that is already present on the skin or to control the condition before an outbreak occurs.

Q:Why are “At Home” LED Light Therapy devices creating so much interest from consumers ?
A: Until quite recently, LED therapy was something that you could only really get at a dermatologist’s or esthetician’s clinic, but as LEDs have become easier to produce this has allowed the development of reasonably priced units for home use
Phototherapy or  light therapy, is used in different ways throughout skin care. Red LED frequency has been shown to stimulate collagen, while blue has been shown to kill acne-causing bacteria

More and more people are looking for natural treatments for acne and light therapy devices are a great addition .
In recent years, a growing number of blue light products have become available to treat acne at home.

Self-applied blue light treatment has been reported to be easy and safe to use.

A SAFE AND PROVEN THERAPY !

LED Light Therapy is the only aesthetic device that has no known contra-indications of any kind. It is good for all skin types, colours and conditions.

It is safe, painless, relaxing and non invasive.

Largely ignored by drug companies, up to this point, is that cells have an immense capability to heal themselves. With LED Light Therapy devices, you can kick start the body to regenerate and revitalize its cells which then allows them to renew themselves.

This is energy based medicine versus pharmaceutical-based medicine with it many issues of toxicity and cost.

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BLUE LIGHT KILLS GUM DISEASE

Shining light on oral health

A Novel “AT Home” LED Light Therapy Oral Health Device

“Technology employing blue light to improve oral ecology could be the most important advancement in maintaining periodontal health since the invention of the toothbrush.”- Dr. Goodman D.D.S., Forsyth Institute  Harvard Medical School

Scientists at the Forsyth Institute(1) have found that blue light can be used to selectively suppress certain bacteria commonly associated with destructive gum disease

The research, published in the  Journal of Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, suggests that light in the blue region of the visible spectrum is useful in preventing, controlling or treating periodontitis – an oral infection that can lead to loss of bone and teeth.

“Some of the key bacterial pathogens associated with periodontitis produce and accumulate compounds that are sensitive to light,” said Nikos Soukos, Director of the Forsyth Laboratory of Applied Molecular Photomedicine and the principal investigator. “We found that, when exposed to particular wavelengths of light, a percentage of those pathogens was eradicated within seconds.” Another important finding was that when the proportion of such pathogens was reduced, the proportion of other, potentially helpful, bacteria increased

The current research stemmed from an observation by Max Goodson, Director of Clinical Research at Forsyth, that the blue light used in a tooth whitening procedure appeared to decrease inflammation of the gums.

BACKGROUND – Previous Forsyth research has shown that as many as 700 different types of oral bacteria may be found in dental plaque that accumulates on teeth. While some bacteria appear to be benign or even helpful, others may invade and destroy gum tissue and bone—leading to loss of teeth, and, possibly, to infection elsewhere in the body.

Among the more destructive bacteria are so called “black-pigmented bacteria” (BPB) which have been implicated as pathogens associated with periodontitis . This bacteria accumulates black pigment organisms called porphyrins. These porphyrins are photosensitive, and, when activated by visible light , induce a photodynamic reaction which kills the microorganism within seconds.

In embarking on their research, Soukos and Goodson knew, from published reports, that porphyrins absorb blue light more readily than red or green light. The team used a device to shine mainly blue light (wavelengths ranging from 380 to 520 nanometers) on pure cultures of BPB and on dental plaque samples obtained from individuals with chronic periodontitis. They found that the light rapidly killed BPB  in pure cultures and that it selectively eliminated BPB in the plaque samples containing 500-600 different bacteria. The research team concluded that intraoral light exposure can selectively reduce pathogens in dental plaque.

The findings could lead to new methods of preventing or controlling periodontal disease. Such methods would be rapid, non-invasive and nontoxic, Sukos said.

  • HARVARD MEDICAL SCHOOL –  FORSYTH INSTITUTE  INFO The Forsyth Institute is the world’s leading independent research institute dedicated to improving oral health, and reducing interrelated systemic diseases and conditions. Forsyth’s portfolio includes basic, translational and clinical research, an active technology transfer and corporate relations effort, and community programs that benefit underserved populations locally, nationally and internationally.

THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM (UK)

Photobiomodulation Research Group

“Currently the application of LLLT in dentistry and for the treatment of oral disease is limited despite the worldwide growing evidence for its broad efficacious application. Some evidence is however now emerging in favour of the therapeutic application of LLLT in a wide range of oral hard and soft tissues areas, including key dental specialties such as; endodontics, periodontics, orthodontics, oral medicine and oral surgery.”(2)

“Further studies in this exciting therapeutic area are warranted to develop novel devices whose application is underpinned by a sound scientific basis. It is therefore the aim of our Photobiomodulation Research Group to undertake key projects and studies which will identify the physical and biological parameters necessary to enable optimal clinical efficacy.”

(2)Milward MR, Holder MJ, Palin WM, Hadis MA, Carroll JD, Cooper PR. Low level light therapy (LLLT) for the treatment and management of dental and oral diseases. Dent Update 2014; 41: 763-772.

DEVELOPMENT OF THE LED ORAL THERAPY DEVICE

LED Technologies, a leading global manufacturer of LED based Light Therapy Devices, set its sights on developing a novel LED Oral Therapy device which, produced the required light frequency, could be safely used as an “At Home” device and would fit comfortably into the mouth. Additionally at an affordable price.

The result of the Research and Development has been the production of the DPL Oral Care device which has gained FDA (USA) 510k approval.

The DPL device offers three types of light emitting diodes (LEDs) of Red, Infrared and Blue which are medically proven to effectively increase circulation to stimulate gum tissues, destroy harmful bacteria and relieve pain in as little as 10 minutes a day.

The unit fits easily into the mouth (similar to a mouth guard) to accommodate upper and lower teeth and gum areas while the powerful LED light wavelengths target the gums. A total of 30 powerful LEDs bathe the upper and lower gum areas. The specific wavelengths in the blue and red spectrum of light have been scientifically proven to kill harmful bacteria which is the root cause of gum disease and gingivitis. It is light weight, portable, and easy to use, the cordless mouthpiece offers one-button hands free operation

THE BENEFITS

  • Kills bacteria that causes gum disease and bad breath
  • Reduces build-up of plaque and tartar
  • Treats and prevents gum issues including gingivitis and sores
  • Decreases tooth sensitivity and inflammation of the gums
  • Promotes overall healthier gums and teeth
  • Helps Denture-Related Stomatitis, Halitosis, and Erosion

Until recently Light Therapy Treatment was only available from your oral care professional. The development of, this reasonably priced “At Home” LED Oral Care Light Therapy unit, providing the same medical grade treatment for less than the cost of a single clinic visit has been a major game changer.