The light therapy device promises to relieve joint pain, reduce inflammation and stimulate healing, but is it worth the price tag?
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Kineon is a technology company focused on bringing the benefits of light therapy to consumers’ homes. Founded in 2019 by Forrest Smith and Tom Sanderson, Kineon’s Move+ Pro launched on Indiegogo in October 2021 after a couple years of designing and prototyping. On the crowdfunding site, Kineon raised over $1 million, shipping over 10,000 units in around 9 months.
The Move+ Pro promises to help reduce chronic pain in as little as five minutes. Unlike many red light therapy devices, the Move+ Pro uses lasers to penetrate deeper into joints.
Right light therapy works by stimulating blood flow and energy production in the targeted area’s cells, reducing pain and inflammation. Medical research is growing in the field, looking into the efficacy of using red light for different ailments. To date, many of the studies have limited sample sizes or animal subjects, but many more are underway to explore red light’s possible benefits.
Athletech News put the Move+Pro to the test to see how the device works, and if it’s a good choice for your recovery needs.
Most red light therapy devices only use LED light, whereas the Move+ Pro leverages medical-grade laser technology with traditional LED lights to improve the light’s penetration depth. The depth of such penetration is around 5-6mm, while standard LED panels are only around 2mm. It also uses pulse wave technology, or short pulses of light at a high energy level, instead of the more common constant wave technology.
Set up with the Move+ Pro was easy with its modular design. Each of its light modules must be charged and then can be attached to adjustable elastic straps that form a circle. The wavelengths of the LEDs were impressive, with eight 650 nanometers of deep red LEDs per module and ten 808 nanometer infrared lasers per module.
For injuries around smaller areas like knees or elbows, the device is fairly portable and can be secured with its Velcro straps. In addition, Bluetooth connectivity between the light modules allows users to press one on, and the other two follow, activating the entire device.
The biggest downside of the Move+ Pro is its high price tag, at $499.00. Another is its limited sizing. Its circumference is perfect for knees, shoulders, or feet, but when I wanted to use it on my lower back, I had to maneuver the device so my back rested on it but could not move around. The Velcro straps also lack enough customizability for all body types and areas of the body. For injuries to smaller areas like ankles, knees or feet, the device could work well, but might not be as easy to use for the thighs, back or upper back. Kineon does offer extender straps for $45.
The Move+ Pro also lacks a companion app for guided use, which has become more common with recovery products. While its use is usually simple, an app could be a nice upgrade for the product, particularly for more complicated injuries.
The Kineon Move+ Pro offers a risk-free, 3o-day at-home trial, which might be ideal for those considering the purchase. Overall, the device is fairly portable and easy to use and could be a good solution for someone looking to try out red light therapy for pain reduction.