Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is pulsed light medical technology?
Light emitting diodes (LEDs) are embedded in a soft neoprene pad that is directly applied to the affected area of the body. Pulsed light therapy uses light emitting diodes (LED) within the pad and selected by specific wavelengths using pulsed frequencies to distribute light to the specific area of the body, which then produces a therapeutic effect. Once plugged into a pre-programmed controller, these diodes produce visible and invisible (infrared) light waves that are selected by wavelengths proven to reduce pain, increase circulation and reduce inflammation.
Using the most commonly known wavelengths of red, blue, and near infrared light, this technology accelerates blood flow and oxygen to damaged tissues. As this diffused light spreads out over the affected area, circulation is increased which allows for greater nutrient-rich blood to flow to nerves, muscles, joints and other tissues. The result is a reduction in pain and inflammation which allows the body’s natural healing process to run its course much more quickly. NASA utilized this remarkable technology in the manned space shuttles for decades.
More and more studies are being done to take a deeper dive into the effectiveness of pulsed light medical technology and its impact on neurological disorders, traumatic brain injuries, autoimmune conditions, metabolic syndrome, post-traumatic stress disorder and other brain diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. It has been proven effective in helping people suffering from back, shoulder, and neck pain, peripheral neuropathy, carpel tunnel, tennis elbow, knee, hip and ankle pain. Pulsed light medical technology is currently being used by a variety of health care practitioners including chiropractors, acupuncturists, physical therapists, podiatrists, pain management physicians, naturopathic doctors, and massage therapists. Harvard and Boston University have entire departments concentrating on this technology and are delivering great research.
2. What will my first visit be like?
You first visit is meant to be a relaxing experience. You will be given an intake form when you arrive that will ask you to answer some health questions regarding the reason for your visit. Depending on your specific issue, you will be directed to one of the zero-gravity chairs. The light weight, soft and comfortable neoprene pads will be placed on the areas you want to address, plugged into the controller and the frequency will be chosen based on your health concern. You can then adjust the chair to your desired comfort level and the controller will be switched on to begin your session.
After a few minutes, you might feel a slight warmth from the pads (similar to the low setting on a heating pad) and you may feel a tingling sensation in the area where the pads have been placed. This is a completely normal part of the experience! Your session will last approximately 20 minutes. It is not unusual for people to fall asleep during a session because it is so relaxing. The controller and pads will automatically turn off at the completion of the session. Your pads will be removed, and you can be on your way!
There are some important things to note to get the most out of your visit. You should wear loose and comfortable clothing on your visit so the pads can be placed appropriately on your body. They must be in contact with the skin and are not as effective through clothing. You should wear shorts if having a session on your lower extremities. It’s also important that you hydrate well the day before your session.
3. Why is it important to come regularly?
Just as with diet and exercise, the more you get in the habit of enjoying this technology the more impactful and effective it will be. You can’t diet for one day and lose those pesky ten pounds. It likely took many months or years for your pain to manifest and so it will take multiple sessions to get the inflammation and pain reduced. Pulsed Wellness Center staff will help advise you on the best course of action based on your specific ailment.
4. What is happening to my body when I engage in pulsed light medical technology?
One of the most dramatic aspects of pulsed light medical technology is its triggering of the release of nitric oxide, often called the “miracle molecule.” Nitric oxide is the body’s natural vasodilator — it widens the blood vessels and capillaries.
The net result of pulsed light medical technology is a cascade of beneficial chemical reactions throughout damaged nerve cells that stimulate healing. This response can be directly attributed to increased blood flow. This enhanced, localized blood flow improves tissue oxygenation.
5. What does FDA-cleared, Class II medical device really mean?
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for the protection and overseeing of products that can affect public health. The FDA both clears and approves of items that fall under their umbrella of responsibility, from food and drugs to medical devices and tobacco products. The FDA approves drugs and clears medical devices.
The Food and Drug Administration has recognized three classes of medical devices based on the level of control necessary to assure the safety and effectiveness of the device. Class II medical devices are held to a higher level of assurance than Class I medical devices in that they will perform as indicated and will not cause injury or harm to patient or user. Examples of devices in this class are typically non-invasive and include x-ray machines, PACS, powered wheelchairs, infusion pumps, surgical drapes, surgical needles and suture material, and acupuncture needles, and pulsed light medical technology.
6. Can I purchase a unit to use at home?
Yes! Just ask our clinic director about pricing for all the packages we offer.
7. What types of health concerns will pulsed light medical technology help?
Really any ailment involving inflammation can be helped using pulsed light medical technology. More and more studies are being done to take a deeper dive into the effectiveness of pulsed light medical technology and its impact on neurological disorders, traumatic brain injuries, autoimmune conditions, metabolic syndrome, post-traumatic stress disorder and other brain diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. It has been proven effective in helping people suffering from back, shoulder, and neck pain, peripheral neuropathy, carpel tunnel, tennis elbow, knee, hip and ankle pain.
8. What is the difference between red, blue and infrared light?
Infrared light (850nm) penetrates to the deepest level to the bone and soft tissue. Infrared light is invisible to the human eye.
Red light (630nm) has medium penetration to the soft tissue.
Blue light (470nm) has the shallowest penetration to just below the skin.
9. What is a frequency?
Frequency describes the number of waves that pass a fixed place in a given amount of time. Pulsed Wellness Centers use both Nogier frequencies (from 1-7) and Solfeggio frequencies.
Seven frequencies were developed experimentally by Dr. Paul Nogier in the 1970s. These frequencies are constantly used in routine medical practice, as they are preferentially recognized by the body. They enter into resonance with the body and specific exert effects on the body. These frequencies are used both for detection and for treatment.
The Solfeggio frequencies are based on musical tones and are reputed to be the original frequencies used by the Gregorian Monks when they chanted in meditation.
Sessions at Pulsed Wellness can begin with lower frequencies and advances to high ones, progression from lower stimulating frequencies to a higher sedative and relaxing finish.
10. Can I do more than one session per day?
In this case, more isn’t necessarily better. Be sure to talk to the Pulse Wellness staff to formulate the most effective plan to address your specific health concern. In more severe cases, it might take 2-3 sessions per week to properly address the issue. For others, once a week might be fine. In some cases, there might be several sessions at once, and then weekly or bi-weekly maintenance sessions are enough.
11. Are there any side effects to using pulsed light medical technology?
For people dealing with chronic pain that makes other treatments that only mask the symptoms difficult or ineffective, pulsed light medical technology is regarded highly effective and very safe, painless, non-invasive and has no known negative side effects. There is also no down time needed after a treatment session. A typical session can last about 20 to 30 minutes, depending on the severity of the condition.
Pulsed light medical technology is extremely safe and there is no recovery time after the initial session. You can place the pads on large areas or two or more areas of the body simultaneously. Once the pads are in place and the unit is turned on, people can sit back and relax as the 20 to 30-minute session progresses.
Accelerating the body’s own innate healing ability is the best way to achieve and maintain health and hopefully avoid ineffective and dangerous drugs and surgery. Because pulsed light medical technology strengthens the immune system, sessions can also be preventative.