Red Light Therapy is a natural therapy, sometimes referred to as Low level laser therapy (LLLT), biostimulation (BIOS), or photonic stimulation or simply light box therapy. Red light therapy emits red, low light wavelengths through the skin to stimulate cellular rejuvenation, increase blood flow, stimulate collagen and more. Red light is called “low level” because it works at an energy density that is low in comparison to other laser therapies.
There have been over 4000 published medical studies done on the effects and value of Red Light Therapy. Research and clinical studies over the past decade have shown strong evidence to indicate that the workings of Red Light Therapy have enormous healing capabilities for chronic conditions, some of which, Arthritis, depression, Anxiety, Pain Relief, Hair Loss, Skin conditions, just to name a few.
What is Red Light Therapy
Red Light Therapy is the use of a low powered red light that emits infrared light at wavelengths from 630 to 700nm and penetrates tissue to a depth of 6 -10mm, once absorbed, the light energy is changed to cellular energy stimulating the body’s natural processes. Red Light at these wavelengths are very beneficial in treating surface problems such as cuts, scars, infections, wounds as well as acupuncture points.
Infrared light (800-1000nm) penetrates deeper making it highly effective for treating deeper ailments such as muscle, tendon, joint, ligament, bone conditions. Studies have shown that it is a viable drug-free alternate method used to treat many medical & cosmetic conditions in the fields of neurology, physiotherapy and dermatology. Red light Therapy is a painless, chemical free, totally natural procedure that produces no heat therefore the emitted light has no feeling when it comes in contact with the skin.
How Red Light Therapy Works
Red light has the ability to pass through human and animal tissue much more easily than other forms of wavelengths. Once the red light is absorbed into the skin it transforms into cellular energy where it stimulates or “jump starts” many metabolic events;
Helps damaged cells to be replaced more quickly
Formation of new capillaries
Activates the Lymphatic system
Increases blood flow/circulation bringing more oxygen to cells and tissues
Increased production of collagen
Stimulates DNA or RNA synthesis
Repairs and restores damaged soft tissue
Increased cellular clean up, otherwise known as Phagocytosis
Lowers effects of free radical damage associated with many effects of aging, also known as “oxidative stress”
Benefits of Red Light Therapy
- Wound healing, repairing tissue and reducing pain
- Anti aging effects and hair loss treatment
- Improve joint and muscle health
- Increased immunity and reduced side effects of cancer treatment
- Help for Depression, Anxiety and Fatigue
- Collagen Production
Use Red Light Therapy Benefits for:
Anxiety and depression
Skin Conditions such as, Acne, Psoriasis, Rosacea, Scars, Sun Damage, Dry skin to name just a few.
How to use Red Light Therapy
Red Light Therapy can be administered using any red light device. They range in size from the size of a lipstick case to a large tabletop lamp or therapy bed. Each has its own benefit and drawback. The smaller device is used for targeting skin conditions whilst the larger are used for muscle complaints or targeting larger areas.
Make sure skin is clean of any make up or moisturizer. Place the light source over affected area, small devices you can hold on or close to skin whereas larger devices hold a couple of inches from skin. Smaller devices for skin conditions typically treat for 1 minute three times a day, with larger devices used for conditions such as muscle pain typically use for 2 x five minute stints with a break of three minutes in between.
Side Effects and Risks of Red Light Therapy
As Red Light Therapy is considered to be a safe, drug-free therapy, there are usually no adverse effects. Red light Therapy does not use ultraviolet (UV) light which can damage the skin. The only short-term side effects recorded are headaches, eyestrain and irritability. These side effects are associated with the glare from the red light. Wearing appropriate eye protection will take care of this problem for you.
Final Thoughts on Red Light Therapy
Red Light Therapy is a completely natural, safe, chemical-free, pain-free, procedure that is safe for all skin types, has minimal side effects (if any) which can be done in your own home. Red Light Therapy is FDA approved, used by NASA and with all clinical and scientific evidence being so promising and convincing, this type of therapy is definitely the way to go.