Something I’ve never understood is why people don’t take their health more seriously. Whether it’s eating right or getting fit, or trying to solve that long-standing health issue, it seems that most people aren’t even willing to do a little research – the kind of research that could improve their life dramatically.
Body hacking is a hobby of mine, to the extent that I spend a bit of my free time trying to find ways to improve my mind and body through training, techniques, supplements, and sometimes even strange lasers that I read about on the Internet. Many of the things I try end up being rubbish, but every so often I stumble onto something that works incredibly well, even in the face of my intense skepticism for an industry rife with nonsense.
The Power of Red Light Therapy
A while back I read that people were pressing LED arrays against their head to improve memory and general intelligence. I thought this was completely crazy, so I immediately ordered one of the suggested devices and started experimenting.
If you’ve never heard of this, you’re not alone, but suffice it to say that I actually did feel something! After trying the device a few days each week for a few months, I felt that my memory probably was improving, and if not, well… I wasted a few dollars and probably looked like an idiot sitting on the couch each night with a CCTV illuminator pressed against my head.
The strange looks from my wife weren’t enough to dissuade me, and I started researching more professional devices. I stumbled onto a range of red light therapy devices from a company called Life Giving Store that many people had recommended on various forums, and opted to give their LGS1 model a try.
You’ll notice I’ve been light on the details of how red light therapy and LLLT (low-level laser therapy) work, and I assure you that’s intentional. I could try and explain how they work, but people much smarter than myself have explained that in-depth. What I suspect many of you are wondering is whether they’re actually effective.
What I noticed quickly with the LGS1 is that it seems to relieve aches and pains quickly when pressed against the skin for a short amount of time. In my case this was helpful for my hands and scapular area, which get hammered from all the rock climbing I do each week. I also noticed that my skin seemed to heal substantially faster. I’m talking about minor abrasions from climbing and also in particular from razor burn, something I’ve been inflicting myself with regularly as I learn to use a classic shaving razor.
I keep a journal on everything I experiment with, and I like the LGS1 enough that I use it every second day on my face, hands, wrists, and scapular area.
If you have any kind of persistent pain, especially in your lower back, I think it’s worth a shot. Enough people have spoken highly of it for back pain in particular that the low cost means there’s little downside to trying something that could dramatically improve your quality of life.
You’ll find more information on the LGS1 and their many other units on the Life Giving Store website.