LIght Force Therapy
Light Force Therapy (LFT) is a manufacturer of photo-stimulation products that reduce acute or chronic pain from injury or disease. Their products use light-emitting diodes, or LEDs, to create light at specific frequencies and wavelengths. Initially, LFT had success treating injured or neglected horses. In the fall of 2000, the FDA cleared this therapeutic product for human use.
Kim Peterson, co-founder of Light Force Therapy explains,
"We didn't go after the human market; it came to us. All our promotional material was geared toward the equestrian market. But, after attending events to promote our company, we found that horse owners were using the products on themselves… we really felt an obligation to offer this technology to the human market after seeing the extremely positive results."
How LEDs Help Heal
LEDs cause cells to increase DNA and RNA activity. The light triggers a rise in the production of ATP (energy) for the cells to utilize. The light only affects unhealthy cells and is non-thermal (doesn’t get hot). Most LED products produce light in the red spectrum because the blood and water in our tissues do not block red wavelengths.
Treatment with LEDs is in some ways better than using sunlight. LEDs work faster on problems just below our skin’s surface than sunlight does. There is no chance of sunburn using LEDs, and the treatment can be used day or night.
Light Force Therapy Reviews
There is at least one scientist who claims Light Force Therapy is no more effective than a heating pad. However, you can find user reports that go both ways. Some people say it did not help them at all while others could not write enough good things about the product.
The FDA sent the LFT president a warning letter in 2004. It addresses false and misleading statements about the efficacy of LFT products found on their labels, brochures, and infomercials. The letter says nothing against the effectiveness of Light Force Therapy, only that LFT exaggerated their product’s benefits to make sales (typical of infomercials).