LED Light Therapy Safety Measures
LED or Low LevelLight Therapy (LLLT) is clinically proven to be save, and has achieved “nosignification risk status” for human trials by the FDA. Not only is LED effective, but it also has the added benefit of being painless and relaxing, with no recovery time required. LED therapy can also be done on every type of skin, regardless of ethnicity. The light remains cool, no heat emitted and comfortable for the client because it uses spectral light instead of heat to activate the skin’s own biochemical healing processes. Although the light will seem very bright for the first couple of minutes,you will barely notice it when you start to relax. LED has also been proven to help users get into a meditative state, so the 20 minute sessions are a perfect way to still your mind and can be more relaxing than a long nap! It is recommended that you eyes are covered with a medical grade eye shield and goggles during this treatment.
Contraindications for using LLLT are few, and most clients can safely enjoy the benefits. Patients undergoing steroid or currently using anti-inflammatory medication should not undergo LED Light Therapy. Anti-inflammatory medications cancel out the accelerated cell activity that LED light triggers, negating any therapeutic benefit of the therapy. The best is to wait at least 7 days before using LED therapy. If you are taking a Botox or any cosmetic fillers, you have to wait 5 days after the treatment to do an LED therapy. Doctors shouldn’t use LED light treatments for eye injuries, on any wound or injury over a pregnant women’s uterus, and over any skin growths that may be cancerous or people with some thyroid conditions. Further, people with epilepsy, photo-allergy, and medications that cause light sensitivity (such as Tetracycline) are suggested to not perform LED therapy, unless there is a written consent from a physician.
- Hamblin MR, Huang YY. Handbook of Photomedicine. CRC Press, 2013; pp. 55-68.