The Jazz Band Live is comfortable to wear and is made extremely well. Since we’re not doctors here, we’ll just have to take DNA Vibe’s word for it on the scientific efficacy, though speaking purely anecdotally, it did seem to help me a bit.
- Good build quality
- 10-foot long power cord
- You can wash all the cloth components easily
- It’s flexible and able to fit multiple joints
- It’s easy to use
- Hard to measure efficacy
- The name of the company and the product definitely made at least one person ask if I was reviewing an “adult” product
There are many ways to practice self-care, especially with respect to your muscles. You can use one of the many, many massage guns available, you can foam roll, and you can soak in Epsom salts. Or, you can try one of the more interesting treatments available, like red light therapy from the DNA Vibe’s Jazz Band Live.
Red light therapy might sound like junk science, but there is some real research behind it. Effectively, repeat exposure to red light has been shown to potentially help muscles recover faster.
The argument is that cells respond to infrared exposure and, in turn, regenerate faster. It’s not the same light as the UV in a tanning booth, and you won’t even feel any heat from it. It’s actually not super easy to find simple medical explanations of red light therapy, though WebMD does take a good crack at it.
And if you’d like to really dive into the science behind it, I found this analysis on whether red light therapy could provide a sports advantage.
I’m a writer and numbers geek, not a scientist, but from my understanding, the TL;DR of this analysis is that there’s evidence that, yes, infrared therapy can be beneficial, but the researchers did not feel they had enough information to assess the ideal light frequencies and other parameters.
All that background brings us to DNA Vibe’s Jazz Band Live. It’s compact and simple to use. Plug it in, and it starts up with light, and you can cycle through four different settings using one button on the cord.
Although the name of the company and the product definitely made at least one person ask if I was reviewing an “adult” product.
The company really goes out of its way to make it convenient to use, with a 10-foot cord and two different velcro strap sizes to accommodate treating everything from joints to back pain.
DNA Vibe also designed the Jazz Band Live’s pad itself to be more flexible than traditional red light therapy devices. As a result, you can wrap it around a joint without areas losing exposure to the infrared.
They say other devices can lose up to 80% from reflection and scattering of the light beams, but that’s not something we have the means to test here, so we’ll take their word for it.
I will say that the light is consistent, and there are no breakpoints or obvious dark spots when the pad is bent.
DNA Vibe doesn’t link to any specific sources, but they do make several assertions regarding the benefits of red-light therapy in general and the Jazz Band line in particular:
- Vasodilation & Oxygenation: Relaxation and expansion of blood vessels increases blood flow and cellular oxygenation. Oxygen provides energy and vitality at both the cellular and systemic levels. Anyone who has been to an oxygen bar can relate.
- Anti-Inflammatory Effects: Improved circulation and fluid flow helps to decongest and de-inflame tissues. This can be experienced as an easing of pressure, inflammation, and discomfort.
- Increased Production of ATP: Evidence suggests that light therapies stimulate accelerated production of ATP, which fuels increased cellular energy and vitality.
- Synthesis of Amino Acids & Proteins: Research has shown that light therapies stimulate messenger RNA which increases the synthesis of amino acids and proteins to help restore, rebuild, and replenish healthy tissues.
Much of what they’re saying tracks with what I read from WebMD and that very dry medical paper, but as I said, the DNA Vibe people don’t appear to include links showing their basis.
There are basically two different tracks to evaluating the Jazz Band Live.
The hardware is impeccable. It’s well-made, comfortable, and easy to use. The pad isn’t itchy or irritating, and you can easily leave it strapped to yourself for the required 20-30 minutes without feeling uncomfortable. The fabric wrap is easily removable for cleaning, and it’s honestly shocking how helpful a 10-foot cord is when it feels like half your outlets are charging laptops. DNA Vibe does sell battery packs and even car adaptors if you want to take your Jazz Band on the road.
The Jazz Band Live can be used in red light, infrared, infrared with micro-vibrations, and magnetic pulses. We covered the benefits of infrared light up above, and there’s some argument that adding electromagnetic pulses to infrared add to the benefits.
I was excited to test it because I’ve had two surgeries on my left knee, and it has what an orthopedist called “surprisingly, less arthritis than you’d expect,” but it still hurts at times.
Using the Jazz Band Live is easy; the hard part is evaluating the health benefits.
Does my knee feel better when I regularly used the Jazz Band Live? Yes, but it’s hard to say if it’s the device or just the result of consistent exercise and a drop in humidity.
I mostly used the Jazz Band Live in the micro-vibrations mode, as the vibration gave me some immediate relief from joint pain while the infrared worked its own magic.
Admittedly, I didn’t use it for the full 30 minutes every time, but I did try to be consistent. At a minimum, it certainly hasn’t harmed me, but short of getting an MRI, it’s hard to measure progress.
DNA Vibe suggests using the Jazz Band Live consistently for several sessions before you’ll feel or see major benefits. Specifically, they say you should try two 30-minute sessions per day for 14 days, and if you’re dissatisfied after that, they’ll issue a refund. They clearly stand behind their product and believe in it strongly.
I don’t mean to sound cynical in this review. The Jazz Band Live is comfortable to wear and is made extremely well. Since we’re not doctors here, we’ll just have to take DNA Vibe’s word for it on the scientific efficacy, though speaking purely anecdotally, it did seem to help me a bit.
The DNA Vibe’s Jazz Band Live sells for $279; it is available directly from the manufacturer.
Source: Manufacturer supplied review sample
What I Liked: Good build quality; 10-foot long power cord; You can wash all the cloth components easily; It’s flexible and able to fit multiple joints; It’s easy to use
What Needs Improvement: It’s hard to measure the true efficacy