“Different ways to apply Red Light Therapy”

abril 26, 2023

Diego Mendieta



“Different ways to apply Red Light Therapy: options for pain and inflammation treatment


Red light therapy, also known as low-level phototherapy or low-level laser therapy, has gained popularity in recent years as a non-invasive and effective treatment option for various medical conditions involving pain and inflammation. Red light therapy can be applied in different ways, depending on the specific condition and patient needs. In this article, we will discuss the different ways to apply red light therapy and their clinical implications.

Ways to Apply Red Light Therapy

Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT): LLLT uses low power lasers at specific wavelengths to stimulate cellular repair and reduce inflammation in the body (1). LLLT is commonly applied in clinics and hospitals by trained health professionals and can be especially useful for treating conditions such as arthritis, musculoskeletal pain, and sports injuries.

LED Light Therapy: LED light therapy uses light-emitting diodes (LEDs) instead of lasers to provide red and infrared light energy to tissues (2). LED light therapy is less focused than LLLT and can be used on larger areas of the body. LED light therapy is commonly used in home-use devices, such as red light panels and red light facial masks.

Red Light Therapy combined with other treatment modalities: Red light therapy can be combined with other treatment modalities, such as physiotherapy, massage, and hot or cold therapy (3). This combination of therapies can provide a comprehensive and personalized approach to managing pain and inflammation in various medical conditions.”

“Home Red Light Therapy: Some red light therapy devices, such as light panels and facial masks, are designed to be used at home by patients (4). These devices allow patients to receive regular and convenient treatments in the comfort of their own home, which can improve treatment adherence and provide more consistent results.

Clinical implications

When selecting the most suitable way to apply red light therapy, it is important to consider the patient’s needs and preferences, as well as the specific condition being treated. Health professionals should be trained and familiar with the different red light therapy modalities and how to integrate them into a comprehensive treatment plan.


Red light therapy is a promising and non-invasive treatment option for pain and inflammation in various medical conditions. There are different ways to apply this therapy, each with its own advantages and clinical applications. By understanding these options and how to integrate them into clinical practice, health professionals can offer a personalized and effective approach to managing pain and inflammation in their patients.


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