An Integrated Approach to Pain

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While medical solutions are often necessary for and can provide meaningful relief of pain, an integrated approach that melds medical and non-medical treatment is often recommended for best results. Spa treatments that help promote these supportive benefits include but are not limited to massage, hydrotherapy, acupuncture, and light therapy (also known as red light therapy, LED therapy, and photobiomodulation.)

Light Therapy Boosts the Body’s Inherent Resources for Repair & Relief

Studies have shown that light therapy signals responses in the body that help relieve pain. There are two general pathways through which this occurs:

Addressing the Source

Eliminate the source of the pain and it will almost always go away. Light therapy has been shown to increase the production and activity of various growth factors as well as fibroblast and epithelial cells to assist in the healing of both acute and chronic wounds. It has also been shown to increase nitric oxide, an important vasodilator. More nitric oxide translates to improved microcirculation which helps deliver oxygen and nutrients to damaged tissues for healing and repair. For these reasons, and because it’s so effective at controlling inflammation, light therapy is widely used to help relieve pain associated with various circumstances including arthritis, tendinitis, neuropathies, sprains and strains.

Addressing the Sensation

Besides eliminating the source of the pain, light therapy has also been shown to reduce the sensation by releasing painkillers naturally produced by the body known as endorphins. Endorphins are neurotransmitters (messengers in the body) that play a role in pain signaling and sensation. In studies, light therapy has been shown to release local neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine and opioid-containing immune cells that migrate to inflamed sites and release endorphins to inhibit pain.

LightStim ProPanel Pain

The LightStim ProPanel Pain is FDA Cleared to temporarily relieve arthritic pain, a variety of minor aches and pains, relax muscles and increase local blood circulation. In addition to these benefits, it also offers a relaxing and restorative experience that soothes both body and mind.

With 1,400 LEDs the ProPanel Pain’s multiple wavelengths are designed to address both the source and sensation of pain anywhere on the body. With four panels, this stand-alone device can be used to administer hands-free or even self-administered treatment. As part of a more comprehensive treatment plan, ProPanel Pain can be combined with other services for elevated results.

ProPanel Pain in an esthetician office


Amy Gardner

Licensed and oncology trained esthetician, international speaker, author, and light therapy subject matter expert with over 15 years of industry experience.

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