I bought myself a red-light device a little while ago now having first heard about its benefits on a Podcast with the founder of Joovv. I was put off purchasing a Joovv device because they ship from the US which makes returns rather tricky. I looked into cheaper versions but was concerned they might not be powerful enough to produce the same results. By chance, I came across a company called Red Light Rising, their devices are very similar to Joovv but they are UK based.
Although these devices are still pretty pricey, the benefits of Red Light Therapy are just too good to miss out on, as they say, ‘you can’t put a price on health’ (well you can, the smallest device is £95). I did my research and all the reviews were really positive so I justified it to myself (“I need it”, “I haven’t been going out so it has been offset”, “I will fix my hamstring so save money on physio” etc etc) and got myself the original half stack.
When it arrived, I was really pleased, the quality is fantastic, “almost too solid” I thought when it fell on my foot. Accidents aside, I absolutely love it and was definitely an investment not to be regretted. This isn’t an ad in case you’re wondering, I haven’t been paid or received any freebies to write this (although if they fancy sending me something Red Light Rising, I wouldn’t say no ;-). I wanted to share this little find with anyone that wants to give red-light therapy a try, once you’ve read about the benefits I bet you will!
What are the benefits?
Muscle Recovery - Helps aid muscle recovery and reduces DOMS (delayed muscle muscles soreness).
Improved Cognitive Performance – RLT increases increases cerebral blood flow, increases oxygen availability & consumption, and a boosts ATP energy production through enhanced mitochondrial activity. RLT can improve reaction time, attention, executive function, and memory.
Improved Athletic Performance – Red light therapy has been scientifically proven to improve strength, endurance, speed, and muscle growth.
Sleep Optimisation - red light therapy can improve sleep quality and duration, and help people produce more of their own melatonin (the hormone which signals to your body that it’s time to go to sleep).
Reduces Inflammation – RLT has been proven to reduce inflammation which can help with the treatment of disorders of joints, traumatic injuries, lung disorders and in the brain.
Helps Alleviate the Symptoms of Arthritis – red light therapy can reduce pain, swelling, and morning stiffness while increasing hand flexibility. Emerging laboratory research in 2018 is showing that red light therapy has the potential to treat arthritis at a cellular level and address the root causes.
Eases Chronic Pain – RLT has been shown to ease chronic pain like back pain, muscle pain, and knee and joint pain, and improve healing outcomes after injuries and surgeries.
Aids Healing - Red light therapy has shown positive results for healing bone and tissue injuries as well as the healing of wound and burns. It is also beneficial in the healing of muscle tears and strains.
Skin Rejuventation – Red light boosts the production of collagen which can help reduce the signs of aging. Research has shown that RLT can reduce the signs of fine lines, wrinkles and sun damage. It can also reduce the appearance of acne scars and burns.
Hormone Health – RLT can boost testosterone in men whilst boosting progesterone, estradiol and DHEA in women.
Thyroid Health – early studies suggest that RLT can improve thyroid conditions like hypothyroidism and thyroiditis
Alzheimer’s & Dementia – Studies on dementia and Alzheimer’s have shown significant improvements in executive function, recall, memory, visual attention, and task switching. Patients also experienced better sleep (insomnia is often present in those suffering from AD/Dementia) and mental health when receiving red light therapy treatments.
Mental Health & Depression – RLT can help with the treatment of SAD (season affective disorder). Recent clinical trials have also shown that RLT can have a positive effect in the treatment of clinical depression.
If that hasn’t convinced you to go out and buy yourself a red-light device, I don’t know what will, I can honestly say mine was well worth the investment.
If you would like to invest in a device for yourself, here is the link to Red Light Rising. I currently have the original half stack, but I would really like the full stack as it is easier to cover more surface area in a shorter amount of time. If you have more limited budget then I would recommend the ‘target light’ for a more localised application: https://redlightrising.co.uk/shop-all/?v=79cba1185463