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Infrared light is light that has a wavelength between (750 nm to 100 μm), and is not visible by the human eye. Mainstream knowledge of Infrared Light LED technology developed in response to experiments, conducted by NASA in the early 90’s that utilized LED technology for the healing of injuries in space.

 

There are many types of infrared therapy devices, all claiming similar effects of increased circulation, decreased pain, etc. In theory, these devices work under the same principles and laws of physics. However, they can be very different in terms of their methods (wavelength, pulse rate, intensity, etc.), design (total surface area) and their application (handheld or attachable).

 

 

 

Lasers deliver collimated, coherent light. This simply means that the infrared light is focused in a column and does not disperse as much over the treatment area. Lasers are monochromatic by definition, which means they emit infrared light at one wavelength.
A light emitting diode (LED) is a semi-conductor device that emits incoherent narrow-spectrum light. Some LED devices are also monochromatic, such as Anodyne® Therapy.
Infrared light from both lasers and LEDs disperse once the light contacts body tissue. The depth to which they penetrate has nothing to do with whether the light is lased, but rather has to do with the wavelength and energy density.
Infrared light output from LEDs possess all the attributes of laser radiation except coherence. Findings at the cellular level would imply that the property of coherence is largely unnecessary for the clinical effects of these devices. In summary, at a particular wavelength, light that is emitted out of a LED or a Laser will have similar clinical effects on body tissue. Effects can be further enhanced by increasing the surface area of treatment device, and by increasing the energy density
Lasers are usually enclosed behind glass and recessed a few centimeters, where as the LEDs of Anodyne® Therapy Systems are in direct skin contact. This direct contact minimizes the amount of light refracting off of the skin, thus increasing the amount of light absorbed by the blood vessels. Additionally, the diodes give off a slight warmth while on, as such, patients will report a soothing warm sensation while receiving Anodyne® Therapy treatments.

 

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Over the years, some wavelengths of infrared light have been proven to be more effective than other wavelengths in terms of increasing circulation. The wavelength of 890 nm that is used with Anodyne®Therapy Infrared products has been validated through our published clinical data, and also through independent testing.

 

Visible red, blue or green light has not been proven in any clinical evaluations to be effective in increasing circulation or decreasing pain. Devices that have both infrared and visible colored lights, can not be as effective as those with all infrared diodes.

 

The video below is that of a human hand with an Anodyne® Infrared Therapy Pad placed on the palmar aspect. You can see the light passing through the cracks of the fingers, as well as through the skin. However, you can see that the blood vessels are very dark, which means that the light is not passing through, and thus is being absorbed within the blood vessels.

 

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Anodyne® Therapy Infrared Therapy Products are effective because of their temporary effects on increasing local circulation and decreasing pain. Below is a comparison between Anodyne® Therapy’s 45 mw diodes, and a competitor that states they use 100 mw diodes. The graphs represent changes in blood flow, and the taller the bars on the graph, the greater the increase in local blood flow. It is easy to see that when compared to the blood flow increases that Anodyne® Therapy Products stimulate, that this competitor is significantly less. The 45 mw light-emitting diodes (LEDs) used by Anodyne Therapy have been tested in millions of patient treatments and our proven clinical outcomes extend to over 6,000 local Anodyne® Therapy Care Providers.

 

Anodyne 45 mw diodes - Circulation increase after 45 minutes
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Competitive 100 mw diodes - Circulation increase after 45 minutes
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The video below, highlights another comparison between Anodyne® Therapy and the “100 mw” diode product. Slices of lunchmeat have been placed over the therapy pads of both Anodyne Therapy, and this other device. One can plainly see that after only a few slices, that the light from the "100 mw" device grows dim, while the Anodyne® Therapy Pad remains bright. This correlates to a deeper penetration depth for the Anodyne Therapy Products vs the ‘100 mw” device.

 

 

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Clinical Research

 

At Anodyne® Therapy, we have gone to extensive research to evaluate our particular combination of wavelength, energy and treatment protocols. There have been 18 published peer reviewed studies published involving Anodyne® Therapy Products specifically. Many companies will refer their prospective customers to general studies on laser, or infrared light, however, there are no guarantees that a product with different specifications will yield similar clinical results. Initially, referring physicians want to see product specific clinical data, and we at Anodyne® Therapy, can provide just that.

 

12 studies examining the effects of Anodyne® Therapy Systems on neuropathic symptoms are available for review on our Clinical Reserach Page.

 

 

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