Unveiling the Truth: Does Red Light Really Work?

by | Jan 12, 2024 | Articles, Photobiomodulation, Uncategorized | 0 comments

In recent years, Red Light Therapy has gained significant attention as a breakthrough in the field of health and wellness. Also known as photobiomodulation, red light therapy involves exposure to low-level red or near-infrared light. Proponents claim a wide range of benefits, from pain relief to skin rejuvenation. However, many are left wondering: Does red light therapy truly work? We’ll delve into the scientific evidence and real-world experiences to shed light on the effectiveness of this therapy.

The Science Behind Red Light Therapy

Red light therapy operates via exposure to specific wavelengths of light stimulates cellular function and promotes healing. Studies show that red and near-infrared light can penetrate the skin, reaching cells and mitochondria, thereby enhancing cellular energy production. This process may contribute to various therapeutic effects, such as reduced inflammation, improved circulation, and enhanced tissue repair.

Choosing a bigger red light panel is key for better results. A larger panel covers more of your body, increasing the effectiveness of the light therapy session. With bigger panels, the treatment is also more even. In our office, we use two full-body panels to make sure your whole body gets exposed to the beneficial light.

Our office utilizes red light panels with specific wavelengths, including 630nm, 660nm, 810nm, and 850nm. All of which have been extensively studied for their therapeutic effects. Another factor to consider is intensity. Our panels boast an impressive fluence of 3.0, ensuring a potent and effective treatment that penetrates to the necessary depths for tangible results. The challenge lies in finding both the optimal wavelengths and intensity combined – a task more intricate than it may initially seem!

Furthermore, Red Light Therapy is safe and non-invasive. When used correctly, this therapy can be used for such a wide range of needs at a low cost. Our office offers the best prices in the Phoenix area – especially our UNLIMITED subscription which gives you access to as much red light as you want.

If you don’t live in Phoenix, you can still get the same Red Light devices we use in-office by ordering on Mito Red Light. Use code Dr.Kilcup5% to save money & support our office!

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Does Red Light Work – Exploring the Claims

Pain Management

Advocates of red light therapy often highlight its ability to relieve pain. Research indicates that the therapy may be effective in reducing pain associated with conditions like arthritis, musculoskeletal disorders, and neuropathy.

Skin Health

Red light therapy is also promoted for its cosmetic benefits, including skin rejuvenation and the reduction of wrinkles and acne. Some studies suggest that red light can enhance collagen production and promote a more youthful appearance. Additionally, eczema patients have noted great results in appearance and feeling.

Mental Well-being

There is emerging research on the impact of red light therapy on mental health. Studies show huge benefits for conditions like depression, anxiety, and cognitive decline.

Joint Health

RLT, recognized for promoting joint health, has shown promise in reducing arthritis-related discomfort. The therapy contributes to improved joint function and mobility, giving it with broader applications in musculoskeletal health.

Improved Sleep

Many find red light therapy beneficial for better sleep. Studies show it regulates circadian rhythms, which promotes better rest at night. It can also help reduce the damage done by a insomnia.

Muscle Recovery

Athletes use red light therapy for quicker muscle recovery, reducing soreness and enhancing performance. Anyone who pulls a muscle can use it in the same way to achieve faster healing and experience less pain.

Hair Growth

Research indicates red light therapy’s potential in stimulating hair growth, making it a consideration for those dealing with hair loss.

Inflammation Reduction

Red light therapy can reduce inflammation. This alone helps so many different conditions related to inflammation in the body. Even patients with chronic inflammation can experience relief.

Wound Healing

Studies suggest that red light therapy accelerates wound healing, making it a promising option for faster recovery. Additionally, RLT has been shown to help pregnancy and post-partum recovery. Not only that, but patients with cancer can even benefit greatly from red light therapy.

Boosted Immunity

Research indicates that red light therapy can boost immunity, offering benefits for overall health and well-being. It has also been used to fight (successfully) against COVID-19 and post-COVID related healing.

Real Patient Testimonials

To truly understand the effectiveness of red light therapy, it’s crucial to consider the experiences of individuals who have undergone the treatment. Numerous testimonials and anecdotal accounts highlight positive outcomes, with individuals reporting improvements in pain, skin conditions, and overall well-being.

Our patients say RLT gives them:

  • Better overall sleep & less fatigue
  • Less pain – headaches, neuropathy, bodily
  • Better skin – less wrinkles & acne
  • Better hair – growth & healthier looking
  • More cognitive function – less ‘huh’ moments
  • Feeling better all over!
office whiteboard with patient answers to 'Why do you love red light?'
A picture of the whiteboard in our Red Light room. We gave patients the opportunity to write their thoughts!

A Patient from Our Office:


Challenges and Considerations

While promising research and positive testimonials highlight the benefits of red light therapy, fully endorsing it as a universal solution presents challenges. Not all red light devices are equal, as mentioned earlier. Additionally, addressing other factors harming the body from various sources is crucial.

Functional Medicine

Embark on a transformative journey towards optimal health with Functional Medicine, a proactive and personalized approach that delves into the root causes of ailments to achieve lasting well-being. Unlike conventional medicine, Functional Medicine focuses on treating the individual, not just the symptoms, addressing a spectrum of health concerns that traditional methods may overlook.

At the core of Functional Medicine lies a comprehensive understanding of the interconnectedness of the body’s systems. Whether you’re grappling with stubborn detox challenges like mold, chemical, or heavy metal exposure, combating persistent gastrointestinal issues rooted in parasites and infections, or seeking solutions for hormonal imbalances, neurotransmitter issues, and nutritional deficiencies, Functional Medicine offers a holistic roadmap to wellness. Dr. Darrell Kilcup, a leading practitioner in this field, guides individuals on a path to vitality through personalized testing, targeted interventions, and evidence-based strategies.

Functional Medicine can work with you from anywhere! We can conduct appointments virtually, using phone calls or Skype, or in person. We can also send your testing and treatment directly to you, providing access to Functional Medicine from the comfort of your home.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

For some patients with deeper issues, Red Light should be used with Hyperbaric Oxygen. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) is a cutting-edge approach that unlocks the body’s natural regenerative abilities. Unlike traditional therapies, HBOT immerses individuals in a pressurized environment where they breathe pure oxygen, fueling cells with increased oxygen levels for enhanced recovery.

From accelerating wound healing and promoting tissue repair to alleviating symptoms of chronic conditions, HBOT serves as a versatile ally in the pursuit of well-being.

If you live in Phoenix, Arizona, we would love to welcome you to our office. We have multiple state-of-the-art HBOT chambers that are both sitting and laying – perfect for people of all mobilities. Fill out the new patient form below to get started!

Chiropractic Care

Lastly, Chiropractic Care is a natural and patient-centered approach to achieving optimal health. Chiropractic care directly addresses discomfort and dysfunction in the neuromuscular system and adjusts the body accordingly.

Chiropractors, like me, specialize in aligning the spine and optimizing the body’s neuromuscular functions. This drug-free and non-invasive approach has been shown to alleviate a range of health issues, including back pain, headaches, and musculoskeletal conditions. Beyond pain relief, chiropractic care is known for enhancing nervous system function, improving mobility, and fostering a balanced body. Experience the transformative benefits of chiropractic care and take the first step towards a healthier, more aligned you. If you are located in Phoenix, AZ, we would love to help you!


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In the ongoing quest for effective health and wellness interventions, Red Light Therapy is a very compelling option. So does Red Light work? The science points to yes!

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Mary Cline
6 months ago
I’ve been using red light therapy for almost a year now..I’ve been suffering with hair loss, and see marked improvement in hair growth.. I feel amazing afterwards and I highly recommend it!
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Cherrie Underwood
7 months ago
Red light therapy has changed my life. It has assisted in my sleep quality, clear thinking, and inflammation. This has added to my quality of life. ❤️
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Anjolie Flores
1 year ago
I have been using the Red Light Therapy for almost 2 months, and I have started to notice serious improvement in my body. The first thing I have seen is an improvement in my skin, less headaches, and recently I have noticed improved eyesight.
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Melody Shingler
1 year ago
Highly recommend!
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Angela Patterson
1 year ago
I started using red light therapy shortly after giving birth to my second child. I was desperate to head off any post partum depression this time around since I struggled with it with my first. It has helped even out my hormones so much! I've used it for a month so far, going on two and truly I feel amazing. I haven't been as tired even though my sleep is terrible and I feel in control of my crashing pregnancy hormones. This has truly been a God send for me!!
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