Frequently asked questions
What kind of diodes are used in HealthLight LED therapy pads?
All HealthLight therapy pads have a medical grade level of light output.
Red LEDs are 660 nm
Infrared LEDs are 880 nm
Please note: Infrared light is invisible to the human eye. The NIR diodes appear unlit in the pad photos and are located between the rows of visible red diodes.
The pads contain Red with Near Infrared LEDs that have the greatest depth of penetration offering effective and strong pain relief
What do the different colors of light do?
Red light – This visible red wavelength reaches deeper into the skin and tissues below increasing circulation, increasing ATP production, along with a host of other benefits. Most of the same benefits attributed to infrared light are also contained in red light and the wavelengths are next to each other on the light spectrum.
Infrared light – This invisible wavelength reaches deeply into joints, tissues, muscles, tendons and ligaments. Infrared light can penetrate hard to reach areas. Both near infrared and red light energy support the body’s natural processes at a cellular level increasing blood flow that delievers much needed oxygen and nutrients for proper function. Regenerative and protective processes are assisted. Inflammation, pain and stiffness are reduced.
Blue light – Is the shortest wavelength in our systems. It deposits most of it's photons in the upper surface of the skin and is known for antimicrobial properties. Blue light is often used for skin care including acne, and wound healing. Some people find blue calming. This blue wavelength is in the range of blue that is beneficial for the eyes.
All HealthLight Systems LED light therapy pads contain 2 colors of light making them Polychromatic light. We believe therapy results are faster and better with light combinations rather than a single wavelength.
How do LEDs compare to Laser diodes?
Light Emitting Diodes (LED's) are a development from the laser industry. LED diodes are similar to laser diodes but they disperse light photons over a larger surface area that is called non-coherent light. By nature, this softer non-coherent light is safer to administer than a more focused Laser beam (coherent light) that delivers photons to a small area of cells or tissue. Because the power output of LEDs is also lower than lasers, LEDs are safer to use without worry of harm to targeted tissues.
LEDs cause the same physiological effect on circulation, ATP production and healing as lasers, but the degree from device to device in the targeted tissues will differ. LED therapy often has shorter overall treatment times because of the large therapy area coverage that can be done simultaneously. Lasers are a valuable tool but many designs are only for use by licensed medical personal. The safety of LEDs allows ease of use and peace of mind both in clinical and home settings. The effective pain relief, ease of use and safety of LEDs make them an attractive choice for both clinical and home settings.
Why does the system use pulsed frequencies?
Pulsed light seems to be more effective than non-pulsed light. HealthLight controllers deliver pulsed light to the seven tissue resonance frequencies of Dr. Paul Nogier, a neurologist who conducted extensive research using his knowledge of acupuncture and the meridians. Nogier's seven frequencies correspond to embryonic tissue origin and other actions that promote the body's self healing based on his research. His research shows that the application of these frequencies helps to bring organs and tissues back to their healthy resonant frequency.
The EXPRESS controllers run programs of Nogier Frequencies designed for the use of the pad it is running: for pain relief and support, for neuropathic pain, or for eye support.
The 6 Port controllers run the 7 Nogier frequencies and also contain Solfeggio frequencies (musical tones) in the B and C automatic programs.
Why are some of the lights not on in the pads?
A: The “unlit” rows are the rows of infrared diodes thta are just outside of the visible light spectrum. When you view the spectrum, infrared is in the area just beyond visible red.
How are the pads cleaned?
Plastic bag barriers can minimize the amount of cleaning required, especially when there are soiling issues such as sweat or a wound.
2 Ways to use a plastic barrier:
1. Cover the body - place the limb such as the foot in a lightweight clear plastic bag, or cover the body with clear plastic stretch wrap (light Saran Wrap, Glad, etc)
2. Cover or bag the pad - place the pad in a light weight clear plastic bag (1 or 2 ml weight), or cover the pad with clear plastic stretch wrap (light Saran Wrap, Glad, etc)
It is always advisable to use a barrier in clinical settings but are also wise to use in home settings to keep the pads fresh over time.
Occasionally you can use a lightly dampened microfiber cloth to gently clean the LEDs and pad surface, the pads should not be damp or wet. Never wet or submerge the pad. Always make sure that the pad is thoroughly dry before use.
What is Light Therapy?
A photo-modulated (pulsed, light emitting diodes) device also known as low-level light therapy (LLLT). The infrared and visible red LEDs are the heart of the HealthLight™ Therapy systems, providing gentle but powerful non-coherent light.
What does it feel like when using Light Therapy?
The lights create a comforting, warm feeling with the pads.
How often can the lights be used?
One application in a day is ususally sufficient to manage pain. When needed, you can use the lights up to 3 times a day in the same area, but you should allow a few hours between treatments if you are treating the same location to let the area rest.