Benefits of Red Light Therapy Post-Surgery

A surgical procedure can often be life-saving and transformative. However, before an individual who has undergone surgery can enjoy the positive aftermath, they must go through a recovery period that is often uncomfortable and painful. As a clinician, it is often your primary goal to help your patients manage their pain as effectively as possible, and yet the world of pain management is rife with invasive and harmful treatment options. Red light therapy post-surgery can help. 


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Low-Level Light Therapy (LLLT), also known as red light therapy, has many benefits for those who are struggling with pain after their surgery. For clinicians wanting to explore this option for their patients, the Contour Light Red Light Therapy device is the only FDA-cleared pad-based red light device that is proven to relieve pain and accelerate healing, meaning that you can rest assured you are addressing your patients’ pain with the highest quality red light therapy machine in the industry.


Read below to learn about the benefits of red light therapy for pain relief post-surgery.


What is Red Light Therapy?


Red Light Therapy has gained popularity in recent years for its numerous health benefits, including pain management, decreased inflammation, and accelerated healing, among others. Red light therapy works by stimulating the mitochondria to increase the output of energy and detoxification of the cells. This leads to a range of benefits including increased circulation between blood and tissue cells which decreases swelling, improved detoxification and elimination through the lymphatic system, immune system rebalancing, and increased blood circulation, all of which aids in significant pain relief.


Additionally, red light therapy accelerates skin healing which helps to minimize scarring. Specifically, the Contour Light red therapy machine combines clinically tested therapeutic wavelengths of LED red light (635nm) and near-infrared light (880nm) and is proven for pain relief and recovery.


Benefits of Red Light Therapy Post-Surgery


Providers who serve patients wanting to enhance their recovery process after surgery can offer benefits for both pain management and accelerated healing with Contour Light red light therapy. Some benefits include:


Accelerated Healing


Red light therapy has been shown to stimulate the production of collagen in the cell, a crucial protein that aids in wound healing due to its chemotactic nature, which attracts fibroblasts to the wound sites. Collagen is one of the proteins responsible for strengthening your skin and muscles. The increased production, in turn, can speed up the closure of surgical incisions and reduce the risk of infection, meaning patients can have a better recovery and return to their normal activities faster.


Reduced Inflammation and Pain Management


Inflammation is a natural response to surgery but can come with complications and can lead to pain, prolonging the recovery process. Red light therapy has been found to have pain-relieving effects by reducing inflammation. This can minimize the need for harmful and invasive pain medications, which come with a risk of addiction alongside other side effects.


Minimized Scarring


Scarring is a common cosmetic concern after surgery, and while some degree of scarring is inevitable, red light therapy can help minimize its appearance. By promoting the production of collagen and elastin, red light therapy helps tissue and skin to heal quickly and more effectively, which can lead to smaller, less noticeable scars.


To learn more about the studies that show the benefits of red light therapy post-surgery, read this related article: Does Red Light Therapy Really Work? 6 Clinical Studies That Prove the Power of Red Light Therapy


What Clinicians Say About Contour Light for Post-Surgery Recovery


The Contour Light Device is the ideal system for your patients recovering from surgeries of all types. The Contour Light system is non-invasive, pain-free, drug free, and highly effective for pain relief and recovery.


“I can honestly say that patients who came in for Contour Light treatments … have experienced pain reduction regularly. Those who came in with painful shoulders or knees from injuries left with significant pain reduction which continued to improve with repeated treatments. These are only a few of the many benefits that I have noticed through my patients, and in myself.”


— Dr. Mary Mees, LAC, DAOM Central Coast Light Therapy | Avila, CA


Read more testimonials from practitioners and patients.


See how Contour Light Devices can make a difference in your medical practice and for your patients post-surgery. For more information about The Contour Light System, watch this video to hear more about the device from its creator, Douglas Dreier.


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