How Often Should I Use Red Light Therapy?
Red light therapy is used to effectively treat a variety of issues, ailments, and conditions. And because the range of benefits is so wide, it stands to reason that the frequency and duration of treatment should vary as well, right?
The answer is more than a simple yes or no. Most experts and device manufacturers will recommend 3-5 sessions a week at 10-20 minutes each. And the reason it’s pretty standard across the board is because of how red light therapy works. Rather than treating the issue on the surface or merely masking it, red light therapy actually gives your cells’ natural healing abilities a boost. (This article on red light therapy for treating pain explains the processes in which it does this quite well.) This is why you might use RLT to treat one thing and see benefits in a totally unrelated area at the same time. In other words, the healing doesn’t stop as soon as the machine is switched off.
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What Factors Can Affect Duration and Frequency of Red Light Therapy Treatment?
- Your tolerance: some people find the light slightly irritating to the eyes and the skin. This is normal, temporary, and will not cause harm.
- Your schedule: Many people find the red glow of their device soothing and may use the opportunity to meditate, do yoga, or listen to an audiobook or podcast. Many others, on the other hand, have jam-packed schedules, leaving little time for more than a few power sessions a week. Thankfully, several studies have shown red light therapy to be effective even when used for just a few minutes a day, sometimes as little as twice a week. So you don’t have to feel guilty about keeping your sessions short and sweet.
- Your device: the effectiveness of red light therapy treatment is largely dependent on how powerful and efficient your device is. Rouge Red Light Therapy panels are almost three times as powerful as the other popular brands on the market. This has to do with, among other things, energy output, energy density, number of LEDs, and beam angle. In short, a more powerful device means quicker results. We break down how Rouge panels outshine the competition here.
- Your body: every body is different and responds to treatment in its own way and at its own speed. It’s a bit like working out: some people gain muscle and drop pounds easily (much to the frustration of their peers), while others are more slow to see progress. The important thing is to remain consistent and to track your progress.
Consistency and Patience Are Key
It may take time to start noticing results, so it’s important to stick with it. Results can be incremental, as well, so you may not notice improvements as they happen, only to be blown away when you compare yourself to when you started treatment - or, as some of our clients have reported, when friends and family start complimenting you left and right.
Is There Such a Thing As Too Much Red Light Therapy?
As we’ve said, every body is different, so it may take some trial and error to figure out what treatment schedule works best for you. This may take time, as well. As long as you’re getting your baseline treatment each week, you can allow yourself to play around with the frequency and duration of your sessions.
The good news is that red light therapy is not harmful at any dose. You could live under a red light therapy machine and not have any adverse effects, besides perhaps a slight, temporary redness and tightness in the skin - and a general annoyance at everything being red all the time.
There may be some data to indicate that spending too much time under your red light therapy device may be counterproductive, so from that perspective, it is a good idea to consider adjusting your time under the light if you already spend a lot of time in the sun, especially if you are young and physically fit, as the systemic benefits of red light therapy can last up to 48 and in some cases even 72 hours this demographic.
At some point past what most studies found to be around the 20 minute mark, the body begins to stop absorbing the red light and begins to reverse the benefits, so while it may not be harmful, it can certainly fall short of the intentions of the user.
At-Home Red Light Therapy Treatment Allows You to Customize Your Treatment
More and more spas, clinics, and gyms are outfitting themselves with red light therapy machines. While this increased accessibility is great in theory, the reality is that, given the fact that frequent sessions are necessary to see results, it’s not a financially viable option for most. In fact, treatment in a professional setting can cost upwards of $100 per session!
With a Rouge Red Light Therapy panel, you can get unlimited treatment for the price of a few sessions at a spa or clinic.
A personal device also offers the luxury of being able to try out different treatment schedules to find what works best for you, something that is not generally offered at spas and clinics - at least not affordably. With a Rouge Red Light Therapy panel, effective therapeutic treatment is at your fingertips, day and night.
While we stand by the recommendation of 10-20 minute sessions, 3-5 times a week, it’s really up to you and your body. Red light therapy is supposed to improve your life, not add stress to it, so you needn’t spend too much time thinking about it. Rather, try to listen to your body and do what feels good.
Our knowledgeable staff is always on hand to answer any questions you may have, from choosing the right device, to tailoring your treatment to your needs. Chat with us anytime!
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