History of Phototherapy (LED Light Therapy

History of Phototherapy (LED) Light Therapy  

In 1903, a Nobel Prize of Medicine was given to a scientist by the name of Niels Finsen for the use of light therapy; once known as phototherapy. Research progressed and by the 1960s photo therapy – now referred to as LED Therapy (or LEDT) was being used primarily in Eastern Europe for treatment of chronic pain, arthritis and associated conditions, joint rehabilitation, and soft-tissue injury along with other medical ailments. During this same time LEDT was being used in a small sector of the United States by equestrian practices for animals with joint and soft tissue injury.


During the 1980s though current, the field has expanded and more clinics and medical science industries are putting the effects of Light Therapy to work in vaster capacities. Through numerous studies and years of use of Red light therapy and Infrared light therapy it was found that the tissue was not only healing but superficial cosmetic conditions were improved as well.

In recent years Blue light therapy has been evaluated and studied. It is a derivitive of UV therapy used in the past for Psoriasis, to stimulate the immune system, destroy bacteria, Acne, actinic keratosis (AK), SADs (Seasonal Effect Disorder), treatments for gout, gouty arthritis, bursitis and other inflammatory conditions of muscles and joints. The current data has shown that Blue light therapy is an effective means for treating such conditions and has been further supported by many Dermatologist groups, such as the AAD, BAD and more.


Additionally, many professional sports teams and athletes have found that LED therapy can be used to aid in sports related injuries, and physical therapists have noted a recovery time of 50 times faster than without the therapy.

In 2001, based of the abundance of proven data on Red light therapy, Infrared light therapy and Blue light therapy ,LIGHTWAVE developed the first device to combine the benefits of these wavelengths of light through the use of LEDs in a compact and highly efficient modality. See our equipment page for more information on the LIGHTWAVE systems.

 *Compliments of Reference material from INB Medical