A LightStim bed looks something like a tanning bed. The user lies on a comfortable full-size bed that emits red light. The user then simply relaxes and may even take a nap. Most users report lying in one can be very relaxing and reduce stress levels, and the experience is similar to receiving a massage or relaxing in a hot tub.
Why are They Used?
LightStim beds can relieve sore muscles, arthritis pain, and increase local blood circulation. Manufacturers state they can also speed healing of injuries, reduce the risk of strokes and heart attacks, and reduce blood pressure. In addition, they can protect skin against UV damage, and many users say their use dramatically improves the complexion, reducing the appearance of sunspots and wrinkles, and preventing acne breakouts. The experience is reported to be extremely relaxing, which can reduce blood pressure and stress levels, leading to many health benefits.
How Do They Work?
Although the lights appear to be simply red to the naked eye, they actually produce a number of different wavelengths that work on different problems. Infrared and deep infrared penetrate deep into the muscles and joints, warming them gently from within and relieving pain and stiffness, an effect similar to that achieved through the use of hot tubs and heating pads. Blue light, proven to destroy acne-causing bacteria, helps to clear the complexion. Red and amber lights act on the skin in a manner similar to a mild IPL treatment, boosting collagen production to smooth and plump the skin while breaking down pigment deposits to produce a glowing, youthful look.
After the treatment, most patients feel pleasantly warm and relaxed. Treatments should be repeated frequently to maintain the effect, but the optimal interval between treatments depends on the primary condition being treated.
Are They Safe?
LightStim beds have been approved by the FDA under the 510(k) process, meaning the FDA is convinced they pose no danger to users. No adverse events or side effects have ever been reported in association with their use.