Red light treatment was previously only offered in spas and clinics. Consumers can now get personal red light therapy devices, which make the treatment more inexpensive and easy. Red light therapy, unlike many other health therapies, is safe to use every day, is non-invasive, and has almost no dangers or side effects. This implies you are in complete control of the treatment and do not require the assistance of a skilled specialist. However, there are a few common errors people make while employing red light treatment at home.
Importantly to note, these errors are rarely detrimental or damaging (other than #9). They may, however, prevent you from fully maximising your treatment and reaping the full benefits. Here are ten things you might be doing wrong with red light treatment at home, and how to rectify them quickly.
1. FAILURE TO BE CONSISTENT IN YOUR TREATMENT
The most significant benefit of employing red light therapy at home is the opportunity to utilise it on a regular basis without paying the additional fees associated with professional treatment. However, if you don't use your gadget the suggested 3-5 times per week, you're simply wasting your money - and the benefits that come with it.
2. WEARING CLOTHES OR SUNSCREEN
Clothing blocks red and near-infrared light from accessing your skin in the same way that UV light does. Sunscreen is designed to filter UV radiation, but it also acts as a barrier to red and near-infrared light, preventing it from penetrating as deeply. Makeup wearers should be aware that many foundations contain SPF. If yours does, try red light treatment in the morning before putting makeup or before going to bed after washing your face.
3. BEING TOO FAR OR TOO CLOSE TO YOUR DEVICE
Because the rules for what distance to place oneself from your gadget have not yet been perfected, you may have to rely on guesswork and trial and error. Sitting between 30-90 cms from your device is recommended for skin disorders, and 15-30 cms is recommended for difficulties affecting deeper tissues.
4. BEING TOO SHORT OR TOO LONG IN YOUR SESSIONS
The usual rule is that your sessions should last between 10 and 20 minutes, but you can experiment with this. After all, each body is unique and responds to treatment in its own way. If you limit your sessions to 5 minutes, you're unlikely to experience effects. However, if you only have 5 minutes every now and again, 5 minutes is better than none.
When it comes to longer sessions, you might be tempted to try to squeeze in more minutes or jam a week's worth of sessions into one. While not necessarily dangerous, red light treatment does not operate in this manner. Hour-long sessions will not be more helpful than 20-minute sessions, and skipping sessions will actually diminish the effectiveness of the treatment.
5. SELECTING THE INAPPROPRIATE RED OR NEAR-INFRARED LIGHT SETTINGS
The roles of red and near-infrared (NIR) light are distinct. Skin problems, hair development, and wound healing can all benefit from red light. NIR, on the other hand, penetrates further and is mostly used for pain reduction, muscular regeneration and recovery, and cognitive wellness, to mention a few applications.
There are multiple options on all of Lumitter Red Light Therapy Devices with the dimming functionality from 1-100%. Before you begin your treatment, double-check that it is in the proper setting. There's no risk in utilising the different levels of dimming lights. Not only will there be no danger, but you may even see gains in places you didn't realise required repair.
6. FAILURE TO KEEP HYDRATED
Drinking water throughout the day is always a good idea, but recent research suggests that it may help red light treatment work better. Researchers believe that red light therapy benefits hydrated cells because they retain more energy. While additional research is needed to see whether this has an impact on IRL therapy, reaching for that glass of water is never a bad idea.
7. USING THE WRONG SIZED DEVICE
Lumitter offers a variety of sizes of red light therapy panels to suit a variety of demands and budgets. To be honest, we believe that everyone should have a Lumitter Full Body in their home because it can handle both major and minor concerns. However, we recognise that this is not an option for everyone, and it is not required if your primary goal is to relieve arthritic pain in your hands or improve your facial complexion, for example. Keep in mind that a larger panel will give more efficient treatment for full-body illnesses like fibromyalgia or conditions involving major body parts like chronic back pain, allowing you to notice results faster and spend less time in front of your device.
8. NOT MONITORING YOUR PROGRESS
Red light therapy results can creep up on you because it's a process that takes time. Assume you're employing red light therapy to improve the appearance of your skin. Given how often you see yourself in the mirror, it may take someone pointing out how beautiful you are or asking whether you've had any work done to make you realise your development. Chronic pain is the same way. You might not notice your pain is getting better until you can climb the stairs without using the handrail or move a box without flinching.
Consider taking progress photos for cosmetic issues. A notebook might help you keep track of changes for invisible concerns like pain or immunological health. This will not only motivate you to continue with your therapy, but it may also be helpful in modifying the frequency and duration of your sessions to find the optimal regimen for you.
9. NOT INFORMING YOUR DOCTOR OR HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONAL ABOUT YOUR RED LIGHT THERAPY TREATMENT
While red light therapy is generally considered to be fully safe, painless, and non-invasive, it's always a good idea to consult with your doctor, physiotherapist, or other health care practitioner before beginning any treatment plan.
This is especially critical if you're expecting a child or are currently undergoing treatment. Some medications, for example, can make you more photosensitive, causing transient skin redness and stiffness after utilising red light therapy.
When it comes to your health, your doctor or healthcare professional is your ally, and they should be informed about any and all parts of your life that could affect your well-being. The more information they have, the better they will be able to perform their duties.
10. EXPECTING AN IMMEDIATE CURE OR RESULTS
While red light therapy appears to be the most promising treatment for a variety of ailments, it's crucial to keep your expectations in check. First and foremost, it is not a cure-all. One of the reasons that constant and frequent use is so crucial is because once treatment is discontinued, the problem is likely to resurface.
Second, red light therapy is a step-by-step procedure. It takes time and effort, just like so many excellent things. Don't get too worked up if you don't notice results after a month. While there may be a lot of activity going on at the molecular level, building collagen, healing injured tissue, and stimulating stem cells can take some time.
With red light therapy, there are no serious errors. Small errors or oversights, on the other hand, could compromise the effectiveness of your treatment. Recognising them and making the required modifications is the key.
It's also sometimes just a matter of being tuned in to your body and fine-tuning your sessions to maximise your body's own unique healing potential. You have control over your device and your health with red light therapy.
Do you want to know how red light treatment can help you? For more information, as well as other tips and ideas for getting the most out of your gadget, visit our blog.
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