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LED Light Therapy and the Reduction of pain

Posted on 27/07/2023

How does LED light/Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) provide alleviation of pain

Light therapy isn’t a fad and has in fact been around for at least 40 years. USA’s National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has been at the forefront of LLLT research for many years. In fact, they have used LED therapy to help their astronauts to stay healthy, as they found the increased cellular metabolism provided a healthy turnover of cells.

As it has been well established that Red LED light therapy has an excellent cellular regeneration effect and near-infrared has a wound-healing impact, the two have been used together for both medical and cosmetic purposes.

Some UK NHS hospitals are now using LED light therapy machines to treat patients with pain conditions, for wound-healing, psoriasis and much more.

Red and Near-Infrared light are often used together in a process called photobiomodulation! Light energy penetrates the skin, with near-infrared even reaching as far as your bone marrow! The energy stimulates the body’s processes.

LED light therapy is all about the power and energy that is provided to your cells. The powerhouse of your cells is called the mitochondria. This can provide more energy (ATP),  which allows cells to work much more efficiently and healthily.  If areas of your body are inflamed, this can cause pain. ATP can help reduce inflammation and LED light therapy increases ATP!

There is evidence to show that LLLT can reduce inflammation and swelling in tissues. But, it is also proven that photobiomodulation has an analgesic effect on nerves as well as reducing muscle spasms. Pain is therefore reduced.

Some NHS hospitals have also started to use LED (LLLT) machines to aid accelerated healing and tissue remodelling as well as pain relief and decreased inflammation. Red light therapy and near-infrared light therapy is utilised in this instance.

Dermatologists are also using Blue Light Therapy to improve bacterial conditions, including acne.


Cheltenham Reflexology and Massage has invested in a powerful Dermalux TriwaveMD LED machine.

Owner, Kerry Baxter says, “We’ve already seen some really exciting health benefits of using this professional LED machine on our clients. The machine has Medical Certification (CE) for acne, psoriasis, musculoskeletal pain and wound-healing and we can’t wait to see more exciting results from its use’.

You can book an LED Phototherapy treatment at Cheltenham Reflexology and Massage as a one off or course of treatments. Call 01242 255440.

For more information on prices see the LED webpage.