How Long Does It Take To See Results With Red Light Therapy?

How Long Does It Take To See Results With Red Light Therapy?

So how long does it take to see results with red light therapy? It’s a great question, especially if you are someone who is considering whether you should buy your own home device, or just go to a spa and pay for a couple sessions.

In this article you will learn about the factors which determine how long it will take for you to see results with red light therapy.

Woman lying in front of red light therapy device

The start of your journey

When you first start doing red light therapy there may be an adaptation period. As you may already know, red light therapy works by increasing energy production within your cells. As a byproduct of this energy production, your cells also produce more free radicals.

Free radicals are something which can cause damage (known as oxidative stress) if they are not balanced out by your cell’s antioxidants.

Oxidative stress scale

This means that if you suddenly have a lot more energy production within your cells, there may not be enough antioxidants on hand to balance out the new batch of free radicals.

Although this doesn’t cause any negative side effects, some of the energy produced has to be diverted to creating antioxidants in a quick hurry.

With time (usually around 2 weeks of consistent sessions) your cells will learn that they need to keep more antioxidants on hand. This is when the magic happens and you start seeing the real results from red light therapy.

Girl sitting in front of a red light therapy device

So when will you see results?

As mentioned, your cells will learn to use red light therapy more effectively within 2 weeks of consistent use. With that said, the benefit you would like to receive will also play a factor, as some benefits are easier to detect at an early stage.

For example, a benefit such as pain relief may be felt within a few sessions, whereas something like improved hair growth may take longer (studies normally see results here within 16-weeks).

The Bi-Phasic dose response

The last factor to consider is that red light therapy follows what’s called a “biphasic dose response”. This means that while too little red and infrared light won’t get you results, too much can also hamper your efforts.Dose dependant graphThe way to make sure that you are hitting the sweet spot is by following the guidelines given with the device you are using. The best guidelines will actually give you a time frame for each specific benefit, as these may differ according to the results you are after.

Thankfully, all the Mychondria devices come with both an online dosage guide as well as calculator, which means you can very quickly calculate how long to sit in front of your device for a specific benefit.

So, should you get your own device, or just pay for single sessions at a spa?

Finally, you might be thinking, “Why would I buy my own device if I can just go to a spa or clinic to have a few sessions?”

Sure, you most definitely can, but if you work it out, it will actually cost you a lot more (including traveling to get there and back) for a few sessions a month, than having your own device and being able to do it yourself in the comfort of your home, and on a daily basis.

Cost of red light therapy

In summary: 

  • Your body may take 2 weeks to adapt to using red light therapy
  • Sometimes less is more
  • Stick to the guidelines you receive with your device
  • Consistency is key

If you’re looking for a red light therapy device that comes with the most comprehensive guidelines, then be sure to checkout the MyLight range below: 

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Written by: Gemma Trehearn