This is a totally
amazing light therapy device in that it can easily relax tight muscles and
tendons with its tissue-penetrating 940nm (light wavelength) infrared light and
660nm near-infrared light. Using this alternative light therapy, one minute on
any tight muscle point is usually enough to do the trick. Other light therapy
devices like this exist but they are more expensive (up to $6500), harder to
use on back muscles & shoulders, often don't even specify the lights
wavelength, and require batteries to run which quickly need replacement. The
president of this company uses his infrared therapy device to relax his
fibromyalgia muscle points.
The results he gets are so incredible he wants everyone with fibromyalgia to have the
same experience. He was inspired to create it after watching a spot on TV about
a pro basketball player getting infrared light treatment on his ailing wrist
and as a result being able to continue his career instead of quitting due to
increasing wrist pain. This is an indication of beneficial effect for anyone
with tendonitis or carpal tunnel syndrome. According to one scientific research
report (ISBN: 0-8194-1500-6) blood exposed to infrared light had less blood
cell aggregation (clumping together) which would free up more surface area of
red blood cells to transfer nutrients and oxygen to tissues. We sell this device
in spite of the cry-babies at DioMedics trying to get us in trouble with the
FDA since they sell an approved unit and we don't. We also sell the plans to
build it yourself. The construction plans are only for people with electronics
building experience. Included is a parts list, schematic, and assembly drawing
(where to put the parts on the pc board). This unit is not for problems with a
large surface area since the light output area of it is only 1.25"
diameter. For large areas I recommend a high wattage infrared heat lamp. Just
do a search on Lycos for an
"infrared heat lamp".
Word of Warning: This is a strong source of infrared light which should
not be looked at directly with the naked eye and should be kept out of the
reach of children. Eye exposure of more than 1 second could possibly cause
temporary damage. (I did this and experienced 'green' vision for about 30
seconds afterwards but had no permanent damage.)
Units available from other companies: PAIN-X-2000 MODEL 900 $169,
PAIN-X-2000 MODEL 1600 $349, PAIN-X-2000 MODEL 2500 $845, PAIN-X-2000 MODEL
5700 $1,350, ANODYNE MODEL 4000 $4,100, BIO-SCAN 2 CLUSTER HEAD $1,800,
BIO-SCAN NEW 2 CLUSTER HEAD $1800, BioScan Light Patch $189, BioScan Tendon
Saver $189, THERALASER $1,995, Respond 2400 $4,099, Alphalaser $3,586,
Equilaser 100mW $3,375, THOR DD 150mW Laser $4,100, 40mW DD + 69 Diode 583mW
Just so you'll know how nice my competition is, heres an email to me on Oct
18 2000 from the maker of PAIN-X-2000 (Randall Everett email@example.com:
"Your website has been forwarded to the Food and Drug Administration for
legal action for advertising a medical device that is not FDA approved. You are
advertising a device for medical problems for human use. Also you need to
remove any reference on your website or advertising material pertaining to the
PAIN-X-2000. Since you are refering to the PAIN-X-2000 as being like your
device, which it is not."
I replied letting them know in no incertain terms that they were
scum-sucking pigs that were part of the medical problem (over-regulation and
just existing for the almighty dollar) and not the solution.
Red Light Therapy
Light therapy has been shown in over 40 years of independent research worldwide
to deliver powerful therapeutic benefits to living tissues and organisms. Both
visible red (400nm - 700nm) and invisible infrared light (700nm - 2000nm) have
been shown to effect at least 24 different positive changes at a cellular
level. Visible red light, at a wavelength of 660 nm (nanometers), penetrates
human tissue to a depth of about 8-10 mm. It is very beneficial in treating
problems close to the surface such as wounds, cuts, scars, trigger points, and
acupuncture points and is particularly effective in treating infections.
Infrared light penetrates to a depth of about 30-40 mm which makes it more
effective for bones, joints, deep muscles, etc. Although both red and infrared
wavelengths penetrate to different depths and affect tissues differently, their
therapeutic effects are similar.
Wavelength dependent photobiochemical reactions occur throughout nature and are
involved in such things as vision, photosynthesis, tanning and Vitamin D
metabolism. In this view, infrared therapy is really a form of light therapy,
and infrared light emitting diodes (LED's) and lasers are important in that
they are convenient sources of intense light at wavelengths that stimulate
specific physiological functions (Lasers in Surgery and Medicine 9:1-5, Mayo
Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, 1989). At this time, research has shown no side
effects from this form of therapy other than an occassional increase in
discomfort for a short period of time after treating chronic conditions. This
occurs as the body reestablishes new equilibrium points following treatment. It
is a phenomenon that may occur as part of the normal process of recovery.
LED's and Lasers are no more than convenient devices for producing light at
specific wavelengths, and in addition to the one already cited, several other
studies establish that it is the light itself at specific wavelengths that is
therapeutic in nature and not the machine which produced it. All biological
systems have a unique absorption spectrum which determines what wavelengths of
radiation will be absorbed to produce a given therapeutic effect. The visible
red and invisible infrared portions of the spectrum have been shown to have
highly absorbent and unique therapeutic effects in living tissues.
What is the Difference between near-infrared LED's
Light Emitting Diodes (LED's) are another form of light therapy that is a
relatively recent development of the laser industry. LEDs are similar to lasers
inasmuch as they can emit the same light but differ in the way that the light
energy is delivered. Lasers are focused beam single-wavelength light emitters
that can be intense enough (a 'hot' laser) to burn/cut tissue or 'cold' enough
to only have light therapy effects. LEDs do not deliver enough power to damage
the tissue, but they do deliver enough energy to stimulate a response from the
body to heal itself. With a low peak power output but high duty cycle (50%),
the LEDs provide a much gentler delivery of the same healing wavelengths of
light as does the laser but without the same risk of accidental eye damage that
A significant difference between lasers and LEDs is the power output. The peak
power output of LEDs is measured in thousandths of a watt, while that of lasers
is measured in watts. However, this difference when considered alone is
misleading, since the most critical factor that determines the average amount
of energy delivered is the duty cycle of the device. LED devices usually have a
50% duty cycle. That is, the LED pulse is ON for .5 seconds
and OFF for .5 seconds, versus the .2 millionths of a second burst from a laser
at 1 hertz, which is ON .0000002 seconds and OFF for .9999998 seconds. This is
a .00002% duty cycle. In short, the LED diodes emit more than 33% more
'average' energy than a comparable laser diode because of the substantially
longer duty cycle, even though the peak output is much less.
Moreover, LED's allow the light beam to spread out instead of being a pinpoint
light beam and they generate a broader band of wavelengths than does the
single-wavelength laser. The wide-angle diffusion of the LED confers upon it a
greater ease of application, since light emissions are thereby able to
penetrate a broader surface area. Moreover, the multiplicity of wavelengths in
the LED, contrary to the single-wavelength laser, may enable it to affect a
broader range of tissue types and produce a wider range of photochemical
reactions in the tissue.
If LED light disperses over a greater surface area, this results in a faster
treatment time for a given area than laser. The primary reason that Jaguar
chose the LEDs over lasers is that LEDs are safer, more cost effective, provide
a gentle but effective delivery of light and a greater energy output per unit
of surface area in a given time duration. Our units produce visible
near-infrared red light with a center frequency of 660nm (nano-meters).
What does Light Therapy actually do?
Light Therapy Can:
1. Increase circulation by increasing the formation of new capillaries, which
are additional blood vessels that replace damaged ones. New capillaries speed
up the healing process by carrying more oxygen as well as more nutrients needed
for healing and they can also carry more waste products away.
2. Stimulate the production of collagen. Collagen is the most common protein
found in the body. Collagen is the essential protein used to repair damaged
tissue and to replace old tissue. It is the substance that holds cells together
and has a high degree of elasticity. By increasing collagen production less
scar tissue is formed at the damaged site.
3. Increase RNA and DNA synthesis. This helps damaged cells to be
replaced more promptly.
4. Stimulate fibroblastic activity which aids in the repair process.
Fibroblasts are present in connective tissue and are capable of forming
5. Stimulate tissue granulation and connective tissue projections, which are
part of the healing process of wounds, ulcers or inflamed tissue.
6. Stimulate the release of adenosine triphosphate (ATP). ATP is the major
carrier of energy to all cells. Increases in ATP allow cells to accept
nutrients faster and get rid of waste products faster by increasing the energy
level in the cell. All food turns into ATP before it is utilized by the cells.
ATP provides the chemical energy that drives the chemical reaction of the cell.
7. Increase lymphatic system activity. Edema, which is the swelling or natural
splinting process of the body, has two basic components. The first is a liquid
part which can be evacuated by the blood system and the second is comprised of
the proteins which have to be evacuated by the lymphatic system. Research has
shown that the lymph vessel diameter and the flow of the lymph system can be
doubled with the use of light therapy. The venous diameter and the arterial
diameters can also be increased. This means that both parts of edema (liquid
and protein) can be evacuated at a much faster rate to relieve swelling.
8. Relieve pain. The photons of light energy enter the body as negative ions.
This calls upon the body to send positive ions like calcium among others to go
to the area being treated. These ions assist in firing the nerves thereby
relieving pain. Light therapy is successfully used in pain therapy, dermatology
and rheumatology with excellent therapeutic effects in the treatment of
shoulder humerus periarthritis, tendonitis and carpal tunnel syndrome.
9. Stimulate acetylcholine release and other parasympathetic effects.
10. Increase phagocytosis, which is the process of scavenging for and ingesting
dead or degenerated cells by phagocyte cells for the purpose of clean up. This
is an important part of the infection fighting process. Destruction of the
infection and clean up must occur before the healing process can take place.
11. Induce a thermal like effect in the tissue. The light raises the
temperature of the tissue treated which can kill or disable temperature
sensitive bacteria and viruses.