Benefits of Red Light Therapy
Red light therapy has been around for the last 40 years, since the advent of lasers. It is also called PBM or photobiomodulation or light box therapy. Red light therapy uses light wavelengths in the 630 to 670 and 810 to 880-nanometer range to affect changes in the mitochondria of cells.
Mitochondria are the powerhouses of the cells. They generate the energy that cells use to function on a daily basis. This can affect many metabolic processes including healing, stimulating growth and increasing circulation. How the red light affects the cells depends on where the red light therapy is focused.
Because red light can penetrate eight to 10 millimeters into the skin, it can affect a number of different systems including the:
Red light is an FDA-approved, all-natural treatment, is drug and chemical free, painless, non-invasive, and safe for all ages. But what are the benefits of this seemingly perfect treatment?
5 Benefits of Red Light Therapy
As previously stated, red light therapy benefits many bodily systems, but one of the most popular reasons people get this service is for the skin. Red light therapy is said to be a natural anti-aging treatment and may also:
Smooth your skin’s overall tone
Speed up the healing of acne blemishes and other skin problems
Reduce the look of broken capillaries, redness in the skin and flushing
Cause scars and stretch marks to fade
Stimulate new hair growth
Repair sun damage
Because of the deep penetration of red light, it is also beneficial in the treatment of wounds and various injuries. It has been used to treat difficult to heal wounds and recurrent skin infections such as the herpes virus and shingles.
It has been reported that red light exposure can reduce pain and inflammation in people with arthritis, and those suffering back and neck pain and even fibromyalgia. In fact, a study published in The Lancet, conducted in 2009, found that red light therapy reduces neck pain immediately after treatment for those with acute neck pain, and for up to 22 weeks with those suffering chronic neck pain.
Reduced Depression and Fatigue
Red light has been said to improve energy levels and boost mood because of its effect on mitochondria which increase overall energy levels.
Hair Loss Remedy
Because red light therapy stimulates hair follicles and prevents hair loss, it has been used to treat alopecia or hair loss in both men and women.