Red light therapy is nothing new – it has been used for decades to help with a variety of issues. But what is new is the technology that now allows for red light therapy to be used more effectively than ever before.
Over the years, red light therapy has come a long way, thanks to the research and development of new technologies.
Currently, there are two main types of light therapy – Laser and LED, which have different characteristics that can be beneficial for pain relief in various ways.
If you’re new to the world of red light therapy, then it can be helpful to understand the difference between laser and LED therapy before you decide which type is right for you and your pain relief needs….
Is one better than the other?
Luckily for you, we’ve put together a quick guide on LED vs. laser therapy, which should answer any questions you have about these types of light therapies and what benefits they offer for pain relief… Let’s take a look!
What Is LED Light Therapy?
LED red light therapy is a type of therapy that uses light-emitting diodes to produce red light. This red light is then absorbed by the cells in your body, which can help to stimulate collagen production, improve circulation, and reduce inflammation.
Because the light only reaches a shallow depth of around 2mm, LED red light therapy is a popular choice for treating both cosmetic and surface-level medical issues.
Light from LEDs is emitted at an angle (called a beam angle), which causes the light to spread out over a large area – this is why LED red light therapy is effective for treating pain relief across a large area of the body, as opposed to just one specific area.
If you have seen large panels of red light in a physical therapist’s office, then this is likely to be LED red light therapy in action!
What Is Laser Therapy?
In contrast to LED light therapy, laser therapy uses a concentrated beam of light that is focused on a specific area of the body to treat pain relief issues, without the spread or wastage of LED panels.
Compared to LED light therapy, laser therapy can penetrate deeper into the tissue to reach a depth of around 5-6mm which means it’s ideal for treating deep-seated pain, like Osteoarthritis and cartilage damage.
The benefits of laser therapy are clear – it is a highly effective treatment for pain relief that has been shown to be more effective than both traditional pharmaceuticals and nonmedical treatments like massage, heat, and ice therapy.
Due to the cost of laser therapy, it’s usually limited to physio clinics, or other high-end treatment practices.
Cost Of LED vs. Laser Therapy
So, now you know the difference between LED and laser therapy, but how do they compare in terms of cost?
Well, while both LED and laser therapy can be expensive, the cost of LED light therapy is significantly lower than laser therapy.
This is because LED light therapy uses a lower number of diodes than laser therapy and the manufacturing process is less complex, which drives down the cost.
It’s thought that laser technology costs around 100 times more per milliwatt than LED technology does!
Unfortunately, this means that laser therapy is often out of reach for many people, except for top professional athletes and the like – but LED therapy provides a more affordable alternative that still offers excellent benefits.
Using LED and Laser Light Therapy
People use red light therapy at the moment in two ways: through expensive and time-consuming visits to physical therapists’ offices, or through low-cost home devices.
While red light therapy is known to be an effective treatment for pain relief, these two methods have their own set of pros and cons.
Physios and therapists are super helpful for helping us to set recovery plans, but over time the cost can add up… Not only for the treatment itself, but also for the time taken out of your schedule to travel there and back.
And because treatment is usually spread out over several visits, it can be a very expensive investment.
But if you’re looking at at-home treatments, there are a few caveats to consider first…
As we mentioned before, at-home LED devices are much more affordable than laser devices – but they don’t offer the same penetrating power as lasers do, so they might not be as effective for treating deep pain issues like Osteoarthritis or cartilage damage.
Another thing to consider is where you get your red light therapy device from.
As we spoke about in our ‘How Dangerous Is Red Light Therapy?’ blog, there have been cases of people who’ve bought low-cost devices only to find out that they’re not safe or effective for human use.
There are companies that claim their devices emit red and near-infrared light, but in reality, they only emit visible red light, which reduces the impact considerably!
Therefore, if you’re looking to buy an LED device for pain relief, be sure to do your research first – and make sure the device you’re buying is from a reputable source.
At-Home LED and Laser Therapy Device
So what if you wanted to use LED and Laser red light therapy at home, without having to visit a doctor’s office?
Fortunately, here at Kineon (formerly Reviiv Light), we have created an at-home device that emits light from both LED and Laser diodes, which means it can penetrate deep into the tissues to treat pain and inflammation effectively!
Unlike a lot of devices out there, we combine LEDs with medical-grade laser technology, for more effective and impactful dosing of internal tissue!
That’s right! We’ve specifically engineered the Move+ so our LED’s and Laser’s work together to provide the best results. You get the best of both worlds with the Move+.
Not only that, but applying the light in contact with the skin ensures precise, optimal dosage every time, meaning quicker recovery and longer lasting pain relief and reduced inflammation. .
So, if you’re looking for a device that is both affordable and effective, then look no further than the Move+.
And as our device is FDA registered, you can be sure that you’re getting the safest and most effective at-home red light therapy device on the market – or your money back…
We are so confident in our product that we offer a 30-day, 100% money-back guarantee for all our Move+ customers – so there is no reason not to try it for yourself!