Phototherapy at home - red light therapy, polarized therapy

What is home phototherapy?

Phototherapy is the use of light or other non-ionizing electromagnetic radiation during treatment. The light or radiation is produced by a medical device commonly known as a phototherapy unit.

The medical lamps most commonly used in phototherapy units emit a narrow band of ultraviolet (UV) or infrared (IR) radiation that at least temporarily reduces or eliminates various skin conditions. Modern light therapy devices use an LED solution and emit polarized light.

Home light therapy is a relatively safe and effective non-drug treatment option for self-treatment of diseases in the patient’s home. Phototherapy must be monitored and supervised by an experienced doctor, however, not all dermatologists are willing to supervise home phototherapy due to potential side effects.

The treatment can be applied all over the body or targeted to affected areas to minimize exposure of the affected skin.

Indications for home light therapy

Conditions treated with home light therapy may include:

  • Canker sores in the mouth
  • Diabetes
  • Detoxification
  • Sleep disorders
  • Musculoskeletal disorders
  • Oral mucosal pain
  • Migraine
  • Wounds and injuries
  • Sports injuries
  • Toothache
  • Heachache
  • Gum disease
  • Skin diseases
  • Childhood diseases
  • Neurological diseases
  • Pathologies of the excretory organs
  • Organ pathologies genital
  • Neonatal pathologies
  • Mouth sores
  • Problems in adolescence
  • Circulatory problems
  • Digestive system problems
  • Problems after giving birth
  • Aesthetic problems
  • Breathing problems
  • Mouth ulcer

Home light therapy devices

On the one hand, home phototherapy units are small portable and table-top devices, suitable for localized treatment of small areas of affected skin, and on the other hand there are devices, tables and cabinets that are ideal for patients who need a full body treatment.

Benefits of light therapy at home

  • Home appliances are generally controllable and most of the time
    • the color and frequency of light
    • treatment time
    • the intensity of the ray
      can be set.
  • Precise targeting minimizes exposure to unaffected skin areas and facilitates controlled, rapid treatment.
  • Cost efficient.
  • Treatment can often be continued in addition to other activities (reading, calling, watching TV, etc.)
  • Eliminate time-consuming trips to the light therapy clinic.
  • Makes it easier to stick to your treatment schedule: fewer missed visits and better results.
  • Allows patients to head directly to the lights from the shower or tub. This improves the effectiveness of the treatment.
  • The purchase of the device is covered by numerous health insurance packages.

How long does it take to get results?

As you can see, light therapy can be used in many cases. Therapeutic therapy usually involves one or two irradiations per day. An irradiation usually lasts 4-8 minutes, but in some cases the irradiation time can reach half an hour. The course can last from a few days to a few months.

Naturally, the attending physician always provides the indications for the therapy and usually this information is contained in the user manual attached to the devices.

Is a medical license required for a home light therapy unit?

Like any other regulated drug or medical procedure, the United States and the European Union require medical devices to have appropriate marketing authorization.

Always ask your specialist for advice on light therapy.

Safety of light therapy at home

The most dangerous is to use equipment with polarized light. This light does not cause harm to health even if it enters the eyes, which can often be treated by children. Handling and using other products requires greater caution and usually protective eyewear. In the case of UV and IR devices it is important to respect the handling distance.

Basic information on light therapy

JakobsenRED products are NOT medical aids, but wellness devices, the correct use of which is generally good for the body, mood and well-being. Light treatment is always only a complementary and non-curative therapy. The information available on this site does not under any circumstances constitute a doctor’s consultation, visit or diagnosis. This website does not provide Medical Consultations. It does not replace the advice of your doctor regarding your personal health. Any information regarding health conditions, medications, medical treatments  is presented for general and indicative purposes only. The information and news on the site should not be considered complete or exhaustive. You will use this website under your sole and exclusive responsibility.

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