Red Light Therapy: Gimmick or Success?

February 22, 2021

Gimmicks, fly-by-night therapies, and new technology come and go every week. How do you know what’s legit, when to quit, or just ignore? I decided to try this Red Light Vibration Therapy for my sore legs and was happily surprised with the results.

There are many different versions of this therapy and the one I chose was an enclosed stand-up one with a vibra plate on the floor bottom beneath your feet. The machine has a full range selection for music, vibra plate intensity, and on/off buttons for the outtake air fans above your head. The vibra plate won me over. The intense vibration pulsing throughout your entire body is like nothing you ever felt before, unless you have experienced an earthquake. My leg soreness has decreased over a 3 week, 5 session per week use.

The Red light therapy has not yet improved my lifelong facial skin issues, but many dermatologists say it takes up to 90 days, with a minimum of 3 times weekly. My sessions consist of 12 minutes, so I am willing to put the time in.

Red Light Therapy (RLT) is a therapeutic technique that uses low-level red wavelengths of light to treat skin issues, such as wrinkles, scars, and acne along many other ailments. In the 1990s, RLT was used by scientists to help grow plants in space. They discovered that the intense light from red light-emitting diodes (LEDs) helped grow plant cells. Red light was then studied for its potential application in medicine, more specifically, to find out if RLT could increase energy inside human cells. The researchers hoped that RLT could be an effective way to treat muscle atrophy and pain problems.

My heavy leg workouts to expand my leg diameter lead to soreness which RLT has lessened.
Other terms for red light therapy include:

  • low level light therapy
  • soft laser therapy

There are many different types of red light therapy. Red light beds found at salons are said to help reduce cosmetic skin issues, like stretch marks and wrinkles. The UV rays do not tan you, so skin cancer is not a caution on this type of therapy. Found at local gyms, salons, sports recovery centers, etc., it is worth trying. In life when risk is low to none, attempting new options can bring you success. Decide for yourself. Isn’t it worth a shot to help with your various muscle and skin problems?

-Written By Philip S