Red light therapy (RLT) is an emerging treatment that is fast becoming the go-to option for those looking to improve the appearance of their skin and gain other benefits like reducing inflammation, improving soft tissue healing, and aiding in pain relief. RLT uses low wavelength red light to reportedly reduce wrinkles, scars, redness and acne, as well as offer these other health benefits.
When Did Red Light Therapy Become Mainstream?
From its roots in ancient Egypt, India, and Greece, through to medieval times, the modern renaissance in ‘light as therapy ‘ was begun by Florence Nightingale who, in the 1850s, advocated the use of clean air and an abundance of sunlight to restore health.
In the 19th century, Niels Finsen received the Nobel Prize for Medicine for the treatment of tuberculosis scarring with ultraviolet (UV) light and the treatment of smallpox scarring with red light. The popularity of light therapy waned through the 1950s up until the 1990s when the medical community began using light therapy more often in hospital settings.
Beginning around 2010, more health spas and medical offices were offering red light therapy in the form of masks, infrared saunas, and other skincare treatments using red light. Recently, interest in the possible positive effects of red light therapy has created an entire at-home market for the treatment.
Red Light Therapy in a Medical Office/Spa vs. At Home
Red light therapy treatments are offered not only at medical offices, but in many beauty salons and spas, saunas, gyms, wellness centers, and even tanning salons. Now with so many RLT devices available for home use, it can be confusing as to where you should go if you’re interested in trying the treatment.
Red light therapy at-home devices can be a positive complement to RLT treatments received in a medical setting. The treatments received in a medical office will almost always be performed using larger devices that emit more energy than any at-home device you can buy. With these smaller, less intense products, you may see slower results because they are not as strong as those used in a medical setting.
However, at 10X Health, the ability to buy a medical-grade red light therapy bed is one option we offer to our customers. Owning your own red light therapy bed means that you can use the treatment whenever you want, without having to wait for an appointment. Red light therapy is part of our Superhuman Protocol which sets the path for you to be the healthiest version of yourself.
What’s the verdict? At-home red light therapy treatment devices can be used successfully if you know what you’re doing. Red light therapy can be a positive addition to a healthy lifestyle and may bring your overall well-being to the next level.
Red Light Therapy Beds vs. Masks/Wands
The obvious advantage of red light therapy beds over smaller at-home products like masks or handheld wands is that you’re treating your entire body when you use an RLT bed and therefore your entire body is receiving the possible benefits of the therapy. Masks and wands focus on one small area at a time, which is fine for spot treatment, but to gain all of the potential benefits that red light therapy can provide, exposing your entire body to the benefits will get you the best results.
The Investment is Worth It
Purchasing your own red light therapy bed is undoubtedly an investment, but it’s an investment in yourself. Red light therapy is offered in many medical offices, spas, salons, etc., but in all of those locations, you need an appointment, and you pay each time.
Owning your own red light therapy bed allows you to create your own treatment schedule using a product you know is up to par with any RLT treatment you’d receive in a medical setting. Red light therapy requires consistent and long-time use to reap all of the benefits it can provide, making an at-home bed a smart purchase.
If you’re searching for the best red light therapy treatment device for your home, reach out to us at 10X Health and take your red light therapy treatments to the next level.