Although light (Photon) therapy has been documented in medical literature as early as 1500BC, it was the Danish physician Nils Finsen, who is believed to be the father of phototherapy that received a Nobel Prize for his work in 1903. Since then, numerous authors have advocated treatment by phototherapy for many different diseases ranging from acne, vitilago, jaundice in babies, wound healing and rheumatoid arthritis to name only a few.
Throughout the ages, sunlight (as the earliest form of phototherapy) has been known to have both healing and wellness properties. Light is energy, and energy sustains life – it cannot be destroyed, but it can be transformed into other forms.
Photizo Light Therapy harnesses the healing power of red and infrared light at specific wavelengths & frequencies have proven to be effective in accelerating natural healing of the body, reducing swelling and inflammation, stimulating the immune system and relieving pain. Cells that are injured can actually be rejuvenated by light.
Light therapy has broad treatment applications. Using these devices, wounds and other injuries can heal faster and chronic conditions can be managed without the overuse of pain and anti-inflammatory medications within a few treatments.
People with back problems, nerve damage, muscular diseases, tennis elbow, burns and other ailments have all shown marked signs of improvement using infrared light therapy.
The technology can also offset the long-term costs of surgery, pain medicines and physical therapy visits. We will be seeing infrared light used for all kinds of healing and pain control in the future. There will always be a place for medication and other modalities such as ultrasound and electrical stimulation, but now doctors will also start using light for treatment.
The FDA has approved light therapy for the treatment of head and neck pain, as well as pain associated with CTS (Carpal Tunnel Syndrome). In addition to these conditions, the literature indicates that light therapy may be beneficial in three general areas:
1. Inflammatory conditions (e.g., bursitis, tendonitis, arthritis, etc).
2. Wound care and tissue repair (e.g., diabetic ulcers, venous ulcers, bedsores, mouth ulcer, fractures, tendon ruptures, ligament tears, torn cartilage, etc).
3. Pain control (e.g., low back pain, neck pain, and pain associated with inflammatory conditions—carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis, tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, post-herpetic neuralgia, etc).