People are turning to light therapy in droves to treat skin conditions such as acne or to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles! The use of LED light therapy is non-invasive, pain-free and rejuvenating. Originally developed to fast-track the healing process of wounds and post-surgery scars, researchers quickly discovered that LED has a positive effect on healthy skin as well.
I'm excited to let you know I've recently added the Celluma Pro LED device (based on technology from NASA) as an option to my acupuncture treatments to further the results for certain patients, speeding healing and easing pain. LED (light emitting diode) can provide visible change in one to two treatments, while building on results over a series.
The device is easily applied concurrent with your treatment - so if you have acupuncture applied to your body, the device might be applied to an area of pain such as a knee or hands for arthritis, a recent injury, or the device sits above the face while you have facial acupuncture. You then rest with the light during acupuncture for up to 30 minutes.
How does this light therapy work?
Think of it as a battery charger for compromised cells...
The light source (LED) emits photons
Photons are absorbed in the mitochondria and cell membranes
The reaction is an elevation of ATP synthesis
Increased ATP causes a cascade of metabolic events resulting in biochemical and cellular changes
Each wavelength has a different effect by reaching varying depths. Depths pf penetration in nm are:
Blue :: 465 (epidermis)
Red :: 640 (dermis)
Near IR :: 880 (subcutaneous tissue)
Some of the cells affected by LED wavelengths include
Fibroblast Cells :: (red + some IR) :: produces collagen and elastin fibers in connective tissue (hello wrinkles!)
Keratinocytes :: (both red and IR) :: provides structural strength to the skin, hair and nails. Responsible for skin clarity, tone and texture.
Mast Cells (red + near IR) :: Essential for inflammatory reactions
Neutrophil Cells :: (leukocytes) (mostly IR, some red) :: first line of defense in an inflammatory response, adequate numbers are required to protect from infection
Macrophage Cells:: (leukocytes) (red + IR) :: Play a vital role in activating specific immune responses
P. acnes Bacteria :: (blue) :: causes this bacteria to destroy itself
Red, which has a calming effect on skin, reduces inflammation, and can help tackle redness and rosacea, while blue destroys P.acnes, the bacteria that grows inside pores causing blemishes. There is plenty of evidence showing this treatment is highly effective for curtailing acne in teens and adults.
Treatments are best close together - a few days apart, when possible.
So who is it for? Those who want to affordably and naturally treat:
Muscle & Joint Pain
Muscle Tissue Tension
Celluma is an easy add-on to most treatments, especially those where you're experiencing cumulative effects.