How to Get the Most Out of a Red Light Therapy Bed at Your Clinic
Adding a red light therapy bed can be one of the best things you do for your clinic and for your patients, especially if you know how to get the most out of this advanced therapeutic technology.
Investing in new equipment or a new treatment might seem daunting at first, especially during these cost-conscious times. Patients are looking for relief from a wide variety of ailments, from joint pain to skin conditions, and physicians and other wellness professionals are looking for state-of-the-art treatments to treat them. With limited space and finances, however, many clinics struggle with the decision of which piece of equipment to buy to attract new patients. Medical equipment often treats just one condition, which means clinics must invest in several pieces of equipment to treat the range of conditions their patients present.
By popular demand from their patients, many clinics are now adding red light therapy to their menu of treatment options. Also known as photobiomodulation therapy (PBMT), red light therapy has a wide variety of treatment applications. Just one light therapy bed can address:
This means a practitioner can use the same red light therapy bed for patients who are experiencing mood and sleep issues as for those with joint pain and injury—very few other pieces of equipment can treat such a wide range of patients.
A red light therapy bed can also treat a wide range of conditions in each patient. A large number of Americans experience chronic health conditions, and many suffer from more than one. In fact, about 60% of adults in the United States have a chronic condition, and 42 percent live with more than one. These conditions include arthritis and other types of joint pain, skin problems, and sleep disorders. Furthermore, a large percentage of the American public want to lose weight and improve their overall health, but their chronic conditions prevent them from getting the exercise they need.
1. Explore the therapeutic benefits of a red light therapy bed
Physicians and wellness professionals are extremely busy, and frequently do not have the time to learn everything there is to know about state-of-the-art therapeutic equipment. Even those who already have PBMT devices are often unaware of the equipment’s full potential, especially when it comes to full body wellness.
PBMT is also fully programmable, which means you can provide personalized treatment. Red light therapy beds offer complete whole body photobiomodulation with four wavelengths, which allows practitioners to customize treatment protocols to fit the specific needs of every patient they see.
Red light therapy helps with a variety of skin conditions, sun damage, wrinkles, and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation. PBMT stimulates collagen production to restore skin structure and elasticity; increase collagen production can also help rebuild the extracellular matrix and prevent the formation of scar tissue. Used as part of a targeted photodynamic therapy, red light therapy can remove actinic keratosis patches. Red light therapy can increase the supply of inflammatory mediators to resolve inflammation associated with cystic acne and other skin conditions.
Before a workout, PMBT triggers vasodilation to warm up muscles or temporarily increase circulation to improve sports performance. Red light therapy after a workout helps prevent delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS). Red light therapy treats chronic inflammation associated with musculoskeletal problems, such as arthritis, tendonitis, or an acute joint or muscle injury. PBMT can also address inflammation resulting from oxidative stress. PBMT can also initiate tissue repair by optimizing mitochondrial energy production.
2. Introduce existing patients to red light therapy
Patients typically love red light therapy because the comfortable treatment eases their pain and improves their mood. PBMT is painless, presents minimal side effects, and quick—treatments generally take only 3 to 15 minutes per session, which makes them easy to add to workouts and wellness visits. Red light therapy beds are safe and effective for everybody, regardless of skin tone. Instead of dreading treatments, many patients look forward to red light therapy.
3. Advertise your red light therapy bed to new attract new patients
Many patients are looking for new, more technically advanced ways to treat their existing conditions and are willing to try red light therapy. Others have already tried PBMT to treat a condition in the past and are enthusiastic about using it again.
4. Offer red light therapy as a drug-free alternative to pain relievers
Red light therapy helps alleviate pain, which is an attractive feature to patients who want to avoid taking pain relievers or take smaller doses. This is especially attractive for individuals who take pain relievers for a chronic condition, which increases the risk of adverse side effects from prolonged use.
5. Combine red light therapy with other treatments
Red light therapy can optimize the results of other treatments, without concerns about interactions. Adding PBMT to physical therapy can help patients move more freely and with less pain, for example.
For more information about getting the most out of a red light therapy bed at your clinic, connect with one of our PBMT experts. A red light therapy bed can help you attract more patients to your clinic, provide better care to your existing patients, and improve outcomes. Increasing the usage of your red light therapy bed can help you boost your return on investment, which is essential in every healthcare and wellness setting.