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Back pain, neck pain, knee, hip pain, as well as other MUSCULOSKELETAL disorders affect tens of millions of people across the globe. In the United States, 23% of all adults—over 54 million people—have arthritis, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Of the individuals diagnosed, 60% are of working age (18 to 64 years). Women are much more likely to suffer from arthritis and are far more vulnerable to rheumatoid arthritis, one of the most debilitating forms of the condition. Arthritis symptoms include pain, aching, stiffness, and swelling in or around the joints. This pain can make even the simplest everyday tasks a struggle.
Sadly, many people are unaware of what is available to them to resolve their condition and allow it to limit their lifestyle. Many people don’t realize that certain types of light therapy can also be a safe, non-addictive way to help manage pain, including inflammation caused by arthritis. In particular, certain light therapy can help by relaxing muscles and relieving spasms, pain, and stiffness.
Infrared light therapy is a form of light therapy, which involves getting exposed to sufficient intensity of infrared light to experience health benefits. The infrared spectrum is the invisible light with frequencies below that of the red light. Near-infrared light, with wavelengths between 700 – 1400 nm. Near-infrared penetrates deepest into the tissues. Its health benefits come from both generating heat and other properties. Near-infrared light can potently reduce inflammation and oxidative stress. It increases circulation, improves blood vessel and heart functions, reduces pain and fatigue, and normalizes blood pressure. Initially developed by NASA to grow plants and then to mitigate bone and muscle loss in astronauts. NASA research has found that the NIR electromagnetic frequency band of energy penetrates deeply into the body and can have a healing effect on our individual cells. For example, inside the mitochondria of every cell are receptors which respond to near infrared wavelengths. The light triggers an increase in cell metabolism, protein synthesis (including collagen), and anti-oxidant activity (meaning the cells detoxify). Additionally, it reduces inflammation and pain while simultaneously triggering growth and regeneration in the cells.
Let’s take this opportunity to go back to our list of common pain conditions and see what the research specific to these conditions has gleaned to date.
A 2005 review of the literature on red light therapy and rheumatoid arthritis found the treatment to be effective in reducing pain as well as duration of morning stiffness, and for increasing joint flexibility.Another review published in 2020 analyzed the efficacy of red light therapy on a range of inflammatory, musculoskeletal, and autoimmune diseases. Researchers concluded it to be a promising treatment for RA, and that it “could play a major role in attenuating the immune response that leads to joint destruction and debilitation”.
A 2017 review found red light therapy in conjunction with prolotherapy (a regenerative injection treatment for chronic musculoskeletal pain) is an effective approach to treating osteoarthritis. In fact, the authors of the study recommend this combination of treatment to healthcare professionals as a safe alternative to long-term opioid prescription.A 2019 meta-analysis on the effectiveness of red light therapy on osteoarthritic knee pain and disability determined that the treatment significantly reduced pain compared to placebo. They also found a significant reduction in disability. These results were maintained during follow-ups up to 12 weeks later. Researchers also noted that no adverse effects related to the treatment were reported.
This is one of the most common pain complaints due to its innumerable causes. It’s also the single leading cause of job-related disability. For this reason, research on the subject is not lacking.
A 2010 study found red light therapy to be significantly more effective at treating discogenic back pain (pain caused by damaged intervertebral discs) compared to a placebo group.
A 2015 meta-analysis found red light therapy to be an effective method for relieving pain in patients with nonspecific low back pain (i.e. back pain not attributable to a known pathology).
Similar results were noted in a 2016 review, with evidence supporting red light therapy as a beneficial short-term therapeutic intervention.
Three clinical trials published in 2020 turned up promising evidence of red light therapy’s effectiveness as a treatment. The first study compared a group receiving 12 red light therapy treatments to a group receiving the same number of sham treatments. The treatment group showed significantly greater improvements in pain, spinal range of motion, and functional status after three months compared to the sham group.
The second study found a combination treatment of red light therapy and Mulligan sustained natural apophyseal glides (SNAGs) to be effective for significantly improving pain, function, and range of motion.
The third study found low-level laser therapy (red light therapy) to be as effective as high-intensity laser therapy (HILT) for the treatment of nonspecific low back pain, with significant improvements in pain, range of motion, and quality of life. Note that contrary to red light therapy, which can be used at home, HILT may only be used by a qualified therapist in a clinical setting.
A major source of pain is injury or illness. And many injuries and illnesses heal themselves over time. It doesn’t happen magically - the body is working hard at the cellular level to repair damage and fight disease. However, when the cells are functioning suboptimally, this ability to heal is hindered. By increasing ATP production, red light therapy bolsters your body’s natural ability to heal injuries and battle illness. To use the example of sports, research has shown red light therapy to accelerate healing post-injury and to speed up return to play
Increased ATP production and improved blood flow is known to help reduce inflammation by speeding up the healing process. Another way red light therapy reduces inflammation is by altering the macrophages of the cell. Macrophages are organisms that detect, engulf, and eliminate dead cells and pathogens (disease-causing organisms). There are two types of macrophage phenotypes, M1 and M2. M1 has a pro-inflammatory effect, while M2 diminishes the inflammatory response and repairs damage. Research has found that red light therapy may change the macrophage phenotypes from M1 to M2, thus reducing inflammation and promoting healing.
Research has found red light therapy to induce angiogenesis, which is the formation of new blood vessels. It also triggers the release of nitric oxide (NO), a natural vasodilator. This increase in the number and size of capillaries allows for more oxygen and nutrients to reach affected tissues. It also allows for a more efficient elimination of waste and toxins, which can further accelerate the healing process. Increased circulation also helps relax muscles, promote flexibility and movement, and break up scar tissue, all of which can alleviate pain.
Somewhat counterintuitive on the surface, hormesis is the process of temporarily causing stress to a system in order to provoke a response. In this case red light therapy causes mild temporary oxidative stress. Oxidative stress is an imbalance between free radicals and antioxidants in the body. Long term, it can lead to a variety of ailments and diseases, most notably cancer. In small doses, however, it can be beneficial by jump-starting the body’s natural defenses. In other words, the body overcompensates for this temporary stress by activating the body’s healing complex, strengthening the affected tissue and ultimately relieving pain.
Collagen is the body’s most abundant protein. It’s the major building block in all types of tissue, providing it with structure and robustness. Collagen production naturally diminishes with age, which partly explains why it might take you longer to recover from a muscle tear or broken bone than it would have twenty years ago. There is a wealth of research demonstrating red light therapy’s effectiveness in increasing collagen. In fact, red light therapy is commonly used for the cosmetic treatment of wrinkles, sagging skin, wounds, and scars. This same stimulation of collagen production can be applied to other tissues, including bones, joints, and other internal organs, to promote quicker healing of injuries which cause pain.
Why do biomedical researchers believe this is the future of pain relief? A group of biophysicists examined the potential for near infrared light treatments in the process of healing and pain relief. They reviewed 25 selected studies on a total of 682 patients. Their research has led to a breakthrough, they found Photobiomodulation (PBM) also known as a combination of red and near-infrared light therapy not only provides deep, penetrating pain relief but also helps reduce inflammation. Using the PostiVibe Near infrared light therapy device could significantly reduce the pain and inflammation at the targeted areas by stimulating an increase in nutrient-rich blood flow, promoting cellular regeneration, and preventing cellular death that leads to deep tissue damage and promote the release of endorphins that helps down-regulate pain in the targeted area. The PositVibe Near infrared therapy light is the only device with patented Tri-Spectrum deep penetrating 660nm, 850nm, 940nm wavelengths. It is engineered for deep tissue penetration, allowing patients to treat deep down to the hard-to-reach areas such as tissues, joints, nerves, and bone complexes from the comfort of home. This medical-grade FDA cleared device safely relieves pain associated with many physical ailments. Arthritis can affect many different areas of the body, although pain commonly occurs in the back, knees, feet, and hands. PositVibe™ offers portable device designed to target these areas. It has helped 97% of the patients by providing deep, penetrating pain relief and reducing inflammation.
A safe and effective way to deal with arthritis is to literally shine a light on it. Portable light therapy devices provide powerful pain relief in the comfort of your own home.
Inflammation is often treated with NSAIDs, or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. These include supposed lower-risk, over-the-counter varieties like aspirin and ibuprofen that can treat symptoms of acute pain. To treat more serious chronic inflammation, people often take prescription NSAIDs, but these have shown numerous risks for people over age 60 and kidney risks for the general population.
However, these established inflammation treatments generally only address the symptoms of inflammation, like pain and swelling, not the root causes, like cellular function, tissue repair and biological imbalance.
Given how common inflammatory conditions are, and the limitation of existing treatments, it’s not surprising that many people are looking beyond NSAIDs and pharmaceuticals for solutions to chronic inflammation and pain. Lifestyle factors (diet, exercise, sleep quality) play a major role in keeping the body in proper balance, so acute inflammation doesn’t become chronic. Healthy light exposure is also important, so cells can repair, regenerate, and make energy efficiently. In the next section, we’ll look at how light, and specifically red light therapy treatments, can help support the cellular response to inflammation and pain.
PositVibe™ light therapy treatments are part of a healthy lifestyle, and can help support bodily balance and enhanced cellular function. Like exercise, nutritious eating, and restful sleep, healthy light exposure can have a big impact on managing inflammation.
PositVibe™ light therapy treatments help supply the mitochondria in your cells with the light needed to make the ATP energy that powers your body.  Red light therapy allows a person to supplement the sunlight they get from their environment with concentrated wavelengths of red and NIR light.
Check out this paper by Dr. Michael Hamblin of Harvard Medical School to learn more about red light therapy’s effects on inflammation. Dr. Hamblin is one of the world’s leading photomedicine researchers, and believes light therapy produces an “overall reduction in inflammation.” To summarize Dr. Hamblin, red and near infrared light acts as a very mild form of stress that activates protective mechanisms in cells. When red light hits the skin and penetrates into cells, mitochondria are nudged to make energy more efficiently. This boosts the production of healing anti-inflammatories and antioxidants that speed up healing.
How Does PositVibe™ Light Therapy Work?
Red and NIR light helps balance the body’s inflammatory effects by boosting cellular energy and cutting down on oxidative stress. Wavelengths of red and NIR light have been shown to stimulate the mitochondria, the powerhouse of the cell, and can optimize the cellular respiration process that makes ATP (adenosine triphosphate) energy, which increases function, speeds healing, and can reduce inflammation & discomfort, as demonstrated in numerous peer-reviewed studies.
PositVibe™ light therapy also supports discomfort and inflammation management by improving blood flow to damaged tissues.  When cells receive the healthy light they need, the whole body has the potential to work more efficiently, with improved circulation and reduced inflammation.
The various cell and tissue types beneath your skin’s surface are every bit as unique as you are. Each one absorbs light at a different wavelength. In order for light therapy to be beneficial, the light needs to penetrate the tissues in order to reach the target cells and stimulates cellular repair and regeneration. . With that in mind, PositVibe developed three LED attachments to deliver targeted light energy for the best results for each concern.
Our patented Tri-Spectrum Photobiomodulation light therapy emitting light in the therapeutic wavelengths of 630 nm, 850 nm and 940 nm*. They enable much deeper tissue coverage than the competitor models, that are limited to skin level.
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*since the 850 nm and 940 nm wavelengths are near infrared, they are invisible. You will notice two of the LEDs in the device do not emit red; those are the 850 nm 940 nm LEDs. The other one is the 660 nm LEDs.
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