Light Relief for Pain Review
Pain Management, Injury Treatment and Recovery.
The Light Relief is a well established pain relief product, with a somewhat checkered history. The current model has a mixed array of red, infrared and blue light LEDs to help alleviate pain and enhance injury recovery time.
It’s retro design incorporates a number of interesting and unique features that we are looking at in this review.
And we will see how the Light Relief compares to other pain relief devices. Do it’s features and LED count offer the user value for money?
Let’s find out…..
California based Light Relief have produced an interesting infrared and red light device. It’s particularly prescribed as a topical treatment for the temporary relief of minor muscle and joint pains.
Product: LR 150
Brand: Light Relief
Type: Handheld. Corded.
Treatment: Pain relief.
LED Count: 59.
Price: $149.95 at the time of writing.
- Relieve pain
- Relax muscles and calm the nervous system.
- Increase oxygenation in the tissues.
- Reduce inflammation
- Speed up tissue and wound healing.
Looking a little like a computer mouse on steroids, it has been in fact ergonomically designed to fit easily and comfortably into the hand,
Behind the quirky exterior though is a powerful light therapy device that houses an array of 59 therapeutic LED lights, (24 infrared, 31 red, and 4 blue lights).
The Light Relief LR150 gives the user a choice of four frequency settings. Most user will choose the high setting, as the lower setting just increase the treatment time.
We like the built in warm function, which can be turned on and off depending on the desired treatment . A frequency function must be activated before the heater works, it does not run independently.
The photographs of the device might give the impression that it is the size of a computer mouse, it is in fact a quite a sizeable and robust unit at a shade over 10 inches x 4 inches overall size.
It can be operated un-tethered from the power cord, running on six AA batteries. Obviously rechargeable batteries would be the best option if you are planning to operate the device like this
WHAT WE LIKE
How to Use The Light Relief Device
The Light Relief LR 150 is essentially a hand held device, although it does have a “hands free” option if you strap the device on with the extended body strap that comes with the unit.
The device is simply controlled by a mouse like rocker button conveniently placed at the top. Simply turn on, select your frequency and you are ready to go.
If you do want to select the warm feature, just press the left side of the blue rocker button to turn the warm function on or off.
Note: The infrared LED lights installed in the treatment head are invisible to the human eye, so don’t be concerned that half of the lights appear to be not working, your Light Relief device is working as it should.
For best results the manufacturer recommends two fifteen minute treatment sessions daily for two weeks.
What is Infrared Light
Far Infrared Therapy (FIR) uses a low energy wavelength of light that is invisible to the human eye. FIR does not harm the skin, but some other forms of light can.
Far Infrared Light can penetrate skin up to 3 inches. It increases circulation, and delivers oxygen to the surrounding cells and soft tissues. This is important as the application of infrared light can reduce pain at the same time increasing joint mobility. The light acts as an anti-inflammatory.
Although the design may at first look rather cumbersome, we found it very user friendly.
Light relief have put some thought into the ergonomics of the device and produced what is an easy to control and an easy to apply treatment head.
A very useful feature of the treatment head which is not immediately apparent when looking at the device is flexible and detachable from the unit body. This makes treatment of the more rounded areas of the body a breeze. High quality finish too,
Power unit and flexible LED head
Cable and wall adapter
Colour: White and blue
Voltage: 9v DC or AA batteries
Treatment Areas: Full Body
The Light Relief LR150 is a credible pain relief device.
We liked the portability of it. There are very few infrared pain relief products available that we would class as portable and fairly lightweight. Others we have tested were at best “lugables”. This one can actually travel with ease. Using the battery option, although slightly heaver, turns it into a cordless device.
We found the LED density good.
We did not like the blue lights, and wonder why they have bothered to include them in the treatment head. These are just a gimmick in our opinion, they have no treatment value what so ever. They just help to provide a pretty light show. The infrared and red LEDs are relevant to what the product sets out to provide, quick pain relief.
We like the flexibility of the detachable treatment head. It certainly simplifies treating those difficult to treat areas. The closer the LED light source is to the skin the more effective the result. So wrapping onto skin is important.
We were disappointed with the LED count of the device given its size. There are competitors that do offer a greater light density, at a higher price point, notably the LightStim for Pain. As it’s lights that do the healing, it’s obvious the more the better.
Cost effective?. If you can get pain relief without drugs or even reduced dosage, it is obviously a good thing. It will be a money saver, but more importantly it will reduce the physical cost of long term OTC drugs.
We like the Light Relief LR150 it’s simple no frills device, that should compliment any pain management plan.