LightStim® is a therapy that uses LED lights of various colors to achieve a variety of therapeutic effects. LightStim® is best known as a treatment for wrinkles and other skin issues, but it can also be used to treat arthritis pain.
Arthritis is a very common condition that is estimated to affect around 55 million Americans. It usually affects older individuals, but in some cases, it can even affect children and adolescents. The most common type of arthritis is osteoarthritis, basically “wear and tear” arthritis. It can be triggered by an injury to a joint, surgery on a joint, or just “wear and tear” over time. It is caused by damage to the cartilage, the smooth, slippery substance that lines the joint and allows the joint to move smoothly, which then induces inflammation of the joint. Symptoms can include stiffness, pain, and swelling of the joint. Any joint can be affected, but the knees are the joints most commonly affected.
Treatment of arthritis can typically include dietary supplements, appropriate exercise, and painkillers. However, medications can cause digestive tract bleeding. LightSim® is non-invasive, has no side effects, and can offer substantial pain relief. In addition, most patients report the treatment is pleasant to experience and relaxing.
Depending on how many joints need to be treated, LightStim® may be applied in several ways. The lights are applied while the patient relaxes and experiences the soothing relief. Treatments are performed in the comfort of our office, and most patients require regular sessions.
LightStim® for pain treatment uses red, infrared, and deep infrared light to gently heat up the treated joint and surrounding muscles, ligaments, and tendons. The infrared and deep infrared lights penetrate into the tissues and actually warm them from the inside out. The heating effect also improves blood flow to the area, which can bring growth factors and stem cells to the region to encourage healing and reduce inflammation. The internal heating effect loosens and relaxes stiff muscles and relieves pain.