Red and Infrared Light Therapy Guide for Home Use

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1. Introduction

Welcome to the community of jakabfitnessRED red light therapy device owners. We aim to aid effective and safe usage of the device with the following guide. Please read carefully before starting to use the device.

2. Before First Use

Before using the device for the first time, check that the contact surfaces, as well as the treated skin surface, are completely clean and dry. Do not use the device through clothing, makeup, or any other material as it reduces the effectiveness of the light. The treated skin surface should be completely bare.

3. Application of Red Light Therapy

For all our jakabfitnessRED panels: Place the desired surface to be illuminated 15 – 30 cm away from the lamp. A 10 – 20 minute exposure is recommended. Initially, a few 5-minute light applications from the maximum distance should be made, then the dosage can be gradually increased if it feels good. Ideally, a 15-minute session from 15 cm distance.

4. Frequency and Duration

The desired effect will be achieved through regular use of the lamp. This time can vary depending on individual physical conditions and levels of stress. This process can take anywhere from 24 hours to up to 4 months. Once this is achieved, this state needs to be maintained, thus regular illumination is necessary – 3-6 days a week. It is advisable to leave a day’s break in a

Red Light Therapy Session Time Calculator for Medical Conditions

The Red Light Therapy Session Time Calculator is a user-friendly tool designed to help you estimate the optimal session time for various medical conditions based on red and infrared light therapy research. By simply entering the irradiance (mW/cm2) and selecting the condition you want to treat, the calculator will provide you with an estimated session time tailored to your needs.

Please note that the results provided by this calculator are not intended as medical advice and should not be considered a substitute for professional consultation. The session times are derived from scientific research available up until September 2021, and new research may have emerged since then. It is crucial to stay updated on the latest findings and consult with a healthcare professional to determine the most appropriate treatment plan for your specific situation.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How often should I use the red light therapy device?

The desired effect will be achieved through regular use of the lamp. This time can vary depending on individual physical conditions and states. It can take anywhere from 24 hours to up to 4 months until significant changes are felt. Once this is achieved, this state needs to be maintained, thus regular illumination is recommended – 3-6 days a week. It is advisable to leave a day’s break in a week.

2. Does it hurt to use it?

No, using a red light therapy device is not painful. Some people may feel a warmth on the skin during the treatment, but this is normal and not painful.

3. Can I get red light therapy treatment if I am pregnant?

Red light therapy treatment is safe during pregnancy, but always consult with your doctor before starting the treatment.

4. How long does a treatment take?

This depends on the area being treated and the type of device used. Generally, a treatment usually lasts 10–20 minutes.

5. Can red light therapy be overdosed?

Although red light therapy is safe, it’s important not to overdose it. Every person reacts uniquely to red light. It is recommended to limit the duration of treatments to 10-20 minutes once the body has acclimatized. It’s important not to try to cram too much time into a treatment as it can not only reduce the effectiveness of the therapy but also strain the body. Ideally, 3-5 minutes is recommended for the first use.

6. Are there any side effects?

Red light therapy is a safe and non-invasive form of treatment. Some people may experience skin redness or warmth after treatment, but these usually resolve quickly.

7. Do I need to wear protective eyewear when using red light therapy devices?

Numerous studies have demonstrated that Red Light Therapy (RLT) can actually be beneficial for eye health, particularly mid-600 nm range red light (14, 15, 16, 17). Currently, there is no study showing that red light therapy damages the eye. Studies have shown positive effects on the eye from red light therapy, such as:

  • Visual acuity
  • Cataracts
  • Diabetic retinopathy
  • Macular degeneration – also known as AMD or Age-related Macular Degeneration
  • Dry eye syndrome
  • Glaucoma

9. How many treatments do I need to see noticeable results?

This depends greatly on the problem to be treated, the individual response of the body, and the power of the device used. Some people may see noticeable results after a few treatments, while others may need several weeks of regular treatment to achieve results.

10. What time of day should I use infrared light therapy?

Infrared light therapy can be applied at any time of the day, but the ideal time is in the morning when the body is still in ketosis, at which point the efficiency of light therapy is the highest. In the evening, in case of sleep problems, it is not advisable to expose ourselves directly to infrared light due to its stimulating effect. However, the infrared light panel can be turned on in the room in the evening. The light can come from a distance, from the side or from behind us – this is soothing and in this form, it can promote restful sleep, similar to the setting sunlight.

11. Can children use infrared light therapy?

Yes, children from the age of 3 can use infrared light therapy under parental supervision and wearing protective eyewear. Initially, a 2-3 minute treatment is recommended from a distance of 50 cm. Taking into account the child’s reaction, the duration can be increased over time and the distance can be reduced.

When it comes to red light therapy, more is not necessarily better. Some studies have shown that applying red light for too long can actually start to cancel out the benefits. So, before you buy the most powerful panel on the market and use it for hours on end, it’s worth examining what doses scientists have found to be useful for treating certain conditions.

12. Why is the power density of red light lamps important?

Power density refers to how many photons flow to a given area that cells can absorb. This is measured in mW/cm2.

A red light therapy lamp with higher power density means that the light photons can penetrate deeper into the body, allowing for real results to be achieved during treatment. If this value is low, the photons will deflect or refract upon penetration, so they do not reach deep into the body.

Look for a red light panel whose power density is well above 100 mW/cm2 within a distance of 15 cm. All Jakabfitness lamps have a very high power density (132-200 mW/cm2).

The strength of the lamp or panel (power density) is a measure of light concentration, or more precisely, how many photons pass through a certain area of space. It is measured in mW/cm2 (milliwatts per square centimeter) and varies from device to device. The optimal distance range that the device should be placed from the body during treatment can be determined by measuring the power density of any given light therapy device at certain distances.

Optimal doses for medical conditions A to Z

Determine session time and application distance for specific issues

DiseaseEffective dose (J/cm
Treatment time (m=min)
Distance: 5cmDistance: 50cm
Acne5 to 96[1]2m-8m4m–80m  
Backache40 to 120[2]3m–10m33m–100m  
Braces (tooth movement)8 to 64[3]5m7m-53m  
Orthodontic pain60[4]5m50m  
Brain Health60[5]5m50m  
Joint pain40 to 120[2]3m–10m33m–100m  
Muscle Performance & Recovery80[10]7m67m  
Oral Candida5 to 20[11]2m4m-17m  
Skin0.1-50[7]3-4 m10-42m  
Thyroid gland38–707[1213]3m-58m32m-589m  
Wound healing60[14]5m50m  
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