Uncovering the Benefits: Red Light Therapy and PEMF for Arthritis and Recovery

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We’ve been using regenerative technologies like red light therapy and PEMF for a few months now and I’m excited to share some noteworthy success stories with you.

Let’s start with a client in their mid-60s who, post back surgery, faced lingering leg weakness and swelling. This was affecting his ability to walk and feel stable, requiring frequent breaks and always looking for the next place for him to sit down. He decided to give Red Light Therapy and PEMF a try and said “What have I got to lose?” 

He didn’t notice change right away after his first session of red light therapy and PEMF. It wasn’t until the next day when he woke up that he said “I woke up and I didn’t feel any pain. For the first in a long time.” So he decided to keep trying it and he noticed consistent use yielded positive changes.

His leg swelling significantly reduced, and he had more energy enabling him to walk further and feel more stable. He liked it so much he had his wife try it.  She liked it and they ended up purchasing their own red light devices for their home. Now his leg swelling is nearly gone and he is walking further and faster than he has since before his back injury.  

Next, another gentleman in his early 70s was dealing with arthritis in the neck, back, and hips causing him to slow down and feel stiff. He did a trial of our assisted stretch session and Red Light + PEMF in hopes it would help him feel less restricted.

The following day, the individual engaged in a two-hour session of putting up Christmas decorations, a task with frequent bending, walking, and lots of standing.  Activities that typically require him to take frequent breaks every 30-45 minutes. He was amazed at how good he felt and how long he was able to be active without a break.  His wife told me, “I have my husband back.”

Now, let’s delve into the scientific underpinnings of these interventions and their relevance to arthritis and post-surgery recovery:

#1. Stretching

This promotes flexibility and elasticity to improve range of motion, critical in managing stiffness associated with arthritis. Additionally, it facilitates improved blood circulation, ensuring a more efficient delivery of nutrients to improve healing.

#2. Red Light Therapy

By stimulating cellular activity and increasing blood flow, red light therapy contributes to the reduction of inflammation. It also supports tissue repair and regeneration, pivotal aspects of post-surgery recovery and age related joint breakdown (arthritis).  

#3. PEMF (Pulsed Electromagnetic Field) Therapy

Operating at the cellular level, PEMF therapy targets pain and inflammation. It acts as a cellular ‘tune-up,’ enhancing cellular function and aiding in the recovery process.


While the success stories may not mirror a dramatic Hollywood script, the scientific rationale behind these treatments is robust. 

If you find yourself wondering if any of these technologies can help you please don’t hesitate to reach out.



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For more related and knowledgeable articles:

Read Our Blog: What is red light therapy best used for?

Read Our Blog: How regenerative technologies are used to recover from injury? Both chronic and Acute

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Nick Hunter, PT, DPT

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