LumiWave can light the way to a healthier less painful life.
We are currently in the midst of an opiate epidemic. According to the CDC, “from 2000-2015 more than half a million people died from drug overdoses. 91 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose.” It is even more heartbreaking to note that there has been a fifteen-year trending increase in overdose deaths, with a quadrupling of prescription opiates from 1999 through 2010. We are now turning an about-face from the two-decade-old Joint Commission idea of pain as the Fifth Vital Sign (the 1990’s). According to the AMA, somewhere along the way, our ability to assess pain, record the results, provide treatment options turned into a need to make people pain free. Opiates became the main mode of treatment; the idea was to eliminate pain and to get someone to a pain level of 4 or less. Unfortunately, pain is subjective and not objective like blood pressure, height, weight, heart rate, or temperature. Do not misunderstand my statement, discussing pain, understanding pain, relieving pain is as important as ever. However, functional capacity is likely a better marker of treatment success than using a subjective pain score. Furthermore, a multi-pronged treatment course is likely a better option.
It is unfortunate that many people turn to pills for their aches and pains. In fact, Johnson and Johnson reported $33.5 Billion dollars in pharmaceutical sales in 2016. Why is it that people often forget about rest, ice, heat, elevation, compression, stretching, exercises, etc.? LumiWave provides an interesting Infrared Light Therapy Device, a US FDA cleared device designed for temporary pain relief of muscle, joint, sprain, strain, arthritis pain. The cover shows a young lady with the LumiWave device around her left ankle. The packaging promises Affordable, Portable and Effective Clinical Quality Pain Relief. Turning the packaging over you will see a pictorial representation of the device. There is an oval shaped controller device, connected to a double strip of LED emitting nodes. Each of the two strips has 4 oval shaped nodes with a connector. The pictures show the device wrapped above/below a knee, along either side of the spine, about the elbow, ankle, wrist, neck/shoulders and along the base of the foot. The main goals of the product are pain relief, increased localized blood flow, reduced stiffness in muscles and joints, relaxation of muscles.
Remove the slipcover to access the inner box and contents. Opening the plain white box, you will find black form cut foam with 5 cutouts. Along the top left, you will find the 4 7/8 inches tall by 1 3/4 inches wide by 3/4 inches thick controller. The device has two buttons labeled “20” and “30” and an LED along the front. The Infrared device plugs into the top of the controller and the boxy power adaptor hooks into the bottom of the device. There is a belt clip located at the back of the controller, which conveniently allows for hands-free use. Beneath and beside the controller, you will find the dual Lumiwave LED light sources. Each of the devices has its own 48″ cable but attaches to a single 1 1/2 inches tall adaptor. The shape of the adaptor will allow you to properly orient the connection point with the controller. Once oriented, plug the Adaptor into the top of the Lumiwave controller. To the right of the dual four nodes, 400 LED light sources, you will find the very boxy 2 inches wide by 3 inches tall by 1 1/4 inches thick AC adaptor with 69 inches long cable. The type A wall prongs do not rotate and are designed to either orient the bulk of the box upwards (if plugged into the upper wall socket) or downwards (if plugged into the lower wall socket). The device is not ideal for power strips as it requires you to utilize the end port only. Beside the power adaptor, you will find a single twelve-inches long by 7/8 inches wide strap. Lastly, you will find a twenty-three-page user manual.
The manual proved to be very useful in understanding the product. It will walk you through the setup of the device and once properly connected, you will want to place the LED bars over the area of concern. I have had tight quadriceps muscles, hamstring muscles and calf muscles for a very long time. I have seen providers, I have been referred to physical therapy and I have done the stretching, exercises, and therapies that were recommended. Additionally, I have some pain along the plantar aspect of both of my feet, which is likely plantar fasciitis. I would like to say that I did my stretching/exercises as often as they recommended, but I am human and ultimately noncompliant. Starting on page eight of the manual, you will be directed to place the LED nodes upon the body. You will want to make sure that you allow each of the LED pods to touch the skin. The manual suggests you can lay the LED set on larger areas like the hip/shoulder, buttock or back and that you can use clothing to hold them against your skin. For extremities, you can use the strap to hold the device against your skin. Once placed, you have the option to activate one of two modes. If you press the up button, you will activate the high-temperature mode (20 minutes at 42 degrees Celsius/107.6 F) and if you press the down button, you will activate the low-temperature mode (30 minutes at 41 degrees Celsius/105.8 F). It is important to note that you will see red lights along the perimeter of the LED pods but the infrared light that is emitted is not visible. The device has an auto-off feature and will terminate when the time period has been completed.
The device will feel rather hot against the skin. I do not know if it was a placebo effect, but my legs did feel better after using the product, even the first time. I made an effort to use this on my feet every night after work. Additionally, my wife started using this on her right shoulder (softball shoulder pain) and noted that it felt great. She has been suffering from suspected adhesive capsulitis/frozen shoulder for about 1 month. I have provided massage to her, she has used heat and topical agents like Biofreeze. As a physical therapist, she knew the exercises to work on, but it was not getting better. She used the device for three successive nights and reported that this did decrease her pain. Even better, she was able to reach over her head without wincing. It was still painful but the pain was noticeably reduced. I cannot attest to the medical/therapeutic benefit of the device, but I can state that my legs and feet felt better, less achy and less tight/stiff. After 1 week of use, my wife had improved range of motion of her arm and felt that throwing was less painful. Neither of us suffers from elbow, knee or back pain and we did not use the device in these regions. I found that placing the LED nodes on the ground and resting my feet directly upon them, was a really comfortable way to work out the soreness in the feet from a long day of work. Again, whether or not the improvement noted was strictly placebo or real, I cannot say. We both were pleasantly surprised with the effects of the device and really enjoyed reviewing it.
There are a few aspects that I would like to discuss. First, we are very tired of cardboard and packaging. I wish that this device came with a storage bag, cinch bag or some other travel type case. As is, there is no good place to store the LumiWave except back in the original box. The device may seem rather expensive to some, ranging from about $499 for the single device and $699 for the dual-LED device. This price is still a fraction of the price when compared to some of the medical devices/modalities that are available. LumiWave provides medical grade lighting (the best on the market) to you, in your home. Second, the dual LED node kit needs to come with two straps and not just one. For the larger areas of the body (Back, thighs, shoulders), you can use your clothing to hold the nodes against the skin. For the extremities, I found that you either needed to use the strap or to hold this against your skin directly. I thought an elastic sleeve or a velcro sleeve may work better for this kit than the included strap. The only true negative about the device is the buzzing/humming sound that is emitted while in use. This sound is akin to the buzzing that large work lights make.
I talked with a local physical therapist (different than my wife), about the device, and she noted that the LumiWave is similar to the Anodyne technology that has been used in physical therapy since the 1990’s. The system works by increasing blood flow and thereby improving pain, improving wound healing and improving healing in general. LumiWave provides a really nice HOW IT WORKS demonstration on their website. Essentially, red and infrared light deeply penetrates tissues, activating your mitochondria (power generating cellular organelle) and leading to nitric oxide production. Nitric oxide is a dilator of blood vessels, reducing blood pressure in the area and improving blood supply. These are the factors that lead to the benefits of the device. Searching through the LumiWave reviews, there are multiple professional agencies that suggest this product works: US Olympians at Vancouver games and Beijing Games to name a few. It is the first product to receive FDA clearance in the infrared light pain control category, and it is 100% drug-free. There are a few scientific articles attesting to the improved blood flow, pain reduction etc. Thus, the improved sensation that I noted may be a real experience.
If you are suffering from acute or chronic pain, numbness/tingling, diabetic nerve pain, joint pain etc. this may be a really great option for you. According to the materials, there are no contraindications and no side effects. If you have struck out with medications and other modalities, seriously give this device a consideration. I do not suffer from that much pain, either acutely or chronically, and I found improvement. Perhaps this device is the one you have been looking for?
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