New LED treatments available at Blue Water Spa
Celluma LED Biophotonic Therapy, $20 per 15 minutes.
One of the most acclaimed and documented treatments for aging, healing wounds, improving skin diseases such as eczema and treating brain tumors and compromised skin cells (such as in the mouths of cancer patients), LED light therapy is fast becoming a revolution in health care.
LED light therapy is a non-invasive procedure done with panels of red and/or infrared lights that deliver low-level pulses of light up to three times brighter than the sun to activate skin cells. It works like photosynthesis for the skin – it converts light energy already found in skin cells to promote healing and anti-aging effects.
Vitality is a universal desire, across cultures and across the ages. People want to retain and regain their vitality, they want to feel young, act young and look young. And they want to do that in an affordable, reliable, effective and convenient manner. Americans spend in excess of $1 trillion annually in the pursuit of vitality and a healthy lifestyle through combinations of pharmaceuticals, over the counter medicines, energy devices, injectables and alternative medicine options. Modern medicine addresses vitality by focusing on the symptoms or effects of aging, disease and trauma, compensating for less than optimal life choices, genetics and environmental conditions. The underlying cause of vitality loss is compromised cellular function and is often considered less important than a quick fix to the resulting undesirable effects. This approach to health and wellness has proven expensive, unpredictable, ineffective, inconvenient, unsustainable, and, in some cases limited by unpleasant side effects and safety concerns. Central to the retention of vitality is proper cellular function. The human body is a remarkable machine, capable of sustaining and repairing itself. Unfortunately, this capability is interrupted by aging, as well as the stress, strain and behavioral choices of modern life. Re-regulating less than optimal cellular function is the first step to retaining and regaining vitality.
Scientific Background of Phototherapeutic LED devices
At the end of the last century, research scientists and physicians at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center began investigating the impact of microgravity and hypergravity on human and plant cell growth. Concerned for astronauts who might be injured or become ill in long term space flight, NASA studies determined that Earth’s gravity is necessary for normal human cell growth, noting that “wounds heal less effectively in space than here on earth”.
In response to this significant health risk, NASA developed LED (light emitting diodes) technology that shows great promise for delivering light deep into tissues of the body to promote wound healing and human tissue growth. “NASA’s LED device stimulates the basic energy processes in the mitochondria (energy compartments) of each cell, particularly when near-infrared light is used to activate color sensitive chemicals (chromophores, cytochrome systems) inside the cell”. In addition, NASA reported that DNA synthesis in fibroblasts and muscle cells quadrupled when exposed to LED light. Based on these findings, NASA 8 observed that this type of improved wound healing may have multiple applications which benefit civilian medical care, military situations and long term space flight. During the first decade of this century, numerous companies have commercially introduced products claiming to be based on NASA’s LED technology and capable of delivering efficacious therapeutic benefits for conditions ranging from “Alzheimer’s to Zits”. In fact, during the same period of time, the FDA has cleared the use of a number of LED devices for treating dermatological and muscular/skeletal conditions, including:
- mild to moderate inflammatory acne vulgaris
- superficial, benign vascular & pigment lesions
- periorbital wrinkles & rhytides
- sub-optimal local blood flow & circulation
- minor muscle & joint aches
- minor muscle & joint pain relaxation of muscles
- pain and stiffness associated with arthritis
- minor arthritis or muscle spasm
- minor chronic neck & shoulder pain of a musculoskeletal origin
LED light therapy has been scientifically proven by over 300 clinical trials to re-regulate cellular function in the treatment of many common conditions, restoring the body's natural ability to heal itself. Contrasted to many widely accepted therapies where vital tissue is intentionally damaged to illicit a healing response in the affected area of the body, using LED light to "reenergize" cellular function in a non-invasive manner allows the body to maintain vitality as nature intended. "LED reacts with cytochromes in the body," explains Dr. Harry Whelan, professor of pediatric neurology and director of hyperbaric medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin. "Cytochromes are the parts of cells that respond to light and color. When cytochromes are activated, their energy levels go up, and that stimulates tissue growth and regeneration."
NOTE: When making changes to your health and wellness routine, it may be advisable to consult with your physician before proceeding
Phototherapy Programs While all programs utilize all of the LEDs, the intensity and the duration of use varies with each program. When should I use “Acne”?Use the Celluma Acne program at the first signs of acne breakout. The treatment consists of 8 treatment sessions spread over 4 weeks, allowing 2 treatments per week, once every three days.
When should I use “Anti-Aging”? Use the anti-aging mode for management of wrinkles and sagging skin. Use as often as desired. Outcomes may vary.
When should I use “Aches & Pains”?Use the Aches & Pains mode for management and temporary relief of minor muscle and joint pain, stiffness, minor arthritis pain or muscle spasms and to provide a temporary increase in local blood circulation. Do this once every three days per area.
Useful Tips and Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is biophotonic therapy? A: Biophotonic therapy is based on LED technology and is the application of light energy to the body for therapeutic benefits. It promotes a natural photobiochemical reaction similar to the process of plant photosynthesis. NASA's Space Program has proven that LED light therapy (near-infrared) promotes wound healing and human tissue growth. The energy delivered by the Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) has been shown to enhance cellular metabolism, accelerate the repair and replenishment of damaged skin cells, as well as stimulate the production of collagen - the foundation of a healthy and smooth skin. Research has shown that LED Light Therapy may help to smooth skin texture, improve skin firmness and resilience, increase the lymphatic system activity, restore skin's natural cellular activity, and reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and superficial hyperpigmentation. The treatment is for all skin types and it is nonablative, non-invasive, painless with absolutely no downtime. Patients or clients can return to their normal activity immediately after the treatment.
Q: For what purpose is biophotonic therapy used? A: Based on extensive research biophotonic devices have been cleared by the FDA and shown to manage: •Mild to moderate inflammatory acne vulgaris •Superficial, benign vascular & pigment lesions •Periorbital wrinkles & rhytides •Sub-optimal local blood flow & circulation •Minor muscle & joint aches •Minor muscle & joint pain relaxation of muscles •Pain and stiffness associated with arthritis •Minor arthritis or muscle spasm •Minor chronic neck & shoulder pain of a musculoskeletal origin
Q: Are there any harmful side effects to biophotonic therapy? A: Biophotonic technology generates negligible amounts of heat, is clinically proven to be safe, and has achieved non-significant risk status for human trials by the FDA.
Q: Does biophotonic therapy hurt? A: No. Biophotonic therapy is non-invasive, and is painless when used as intended.
Q: How safe is biophotonic therapy? A: Biophotonic therapy is based on light-emitting diode (LED) arrays developed for NASA manned space flight experiments. In comparison to lasers, the patented LED 14 technology generates negligible amounts of heat, is clinically proven to be safe, and has achieved no significant risk status for human trials by the FDA. Phototherapy has been studied extensively in Europe and the US for over thirty years and has been the subject of over 2,500 scientific papers, published worldwide. There are no reported negative side effects to the therapy, which is painless, non-toxic and compliments many traditional therapies. In 1991, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development along with the National Institute of Neurologic Disorders and Stroke, declared phototherapy to be safe.
Q: Does biophotonic therapy utilize UV light? A: No. Biophotonic devices utilize a combination of blue, red, and infrared (not visible to the naked eye) light emitting diodes (LEDs) only.
Q: How long does a Celluma session last? A: 30 minutes.
Q: Are there any special preparations required before using Celluma? Celluma should be in close proximity with the skin which should be free of clothing, make-up, or anything else which may deflect the light away from the skin.
Q: Why do I need to remove my make-up? A: Many make-up formulas contain minerals that may deflect the light. Clean, freshly washed skin is recommended for best results.
Q: Is it necessary to lie down to use the Celluma? A: No. You can use the Celluma when sitting or lying down. For example, there are two ways to use the Celluma for the lower back region. The user may either sit comfortably in a chair with the Celluma curved around the lower back area, or alternatively, the user can lie face down and place the Celluma over the lower back region. The key benefit of the Celluma is its unique ability to mold its shape to conform to the profile of the body.