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What is Red Light Therapy?

Red Light therapy is a simple, non-invasive treatment that delivers red and near infrared (NIR) light to a person’s skin and cells. A high-quality home red light therapy device like our BioSculpter uses light emitting diodes (LED) to deliver red and near infrared light on your body during a treatment session. When using this type of treatment, an individual can see the red light and feel the warmth from the near-infrared (NIR) light.

Red light therapy is just like the wavelengths of light your body needs from sunlight, but without the heat or UV rays that may cause sun damage. Red light therapy is a healthier alternative to all the bright blue light we’re surrounded by every day, which can make it harder to sleep and may lead to other health problems. Today, many people work indoors and look at screens for extended periods of time. Red light therapy can help offset the negative effects of blue light and promote overall wellness and cellular balance.

Red light therapy is an easy and effective treatment. The session does not require anything other than exposing your skin and sitting or laying in front of the device and letting your body absorb the light. This is a great time to meditate, read, or relax all while receiving high-quality red light therapy.

How Does Red Light Therapy Work?

These specific wavelengths of red light create a biochemical affect in our cells that serves to increase mitochondrial function. This improves ATP (adenosine triphosphate) production in the body.💃

Why is this important?

ATP⚡️ is the source of energy for every cell in the body. Without it, we don’t function at all. Without enough of it, we don’t function well.
It’s wavelengths range between 630-880nm and are used to treat the skin’s surface. Red therapy light penetrates about 8-10 millimeters into the skin. Depending on which area of the body the red light is used, this can easily affect all skin layers, reaching into blood vessels, lymph pathways, nerves, and hair follicles!

What are the Benefits of Red Light Therapy?

Enhanced Cellular Function and ATP Energy Production: In conjunction with a healthy lifestyle, light therapy treatments can have systemic benefits because they work by improving cellular health across the entire body. When your cells are working more efficiently and producing more ATP energy, the better you can look and feel. Learn more about cellular function, mitochondria, ATP energy, and light therapy here.

Inflammation: Light therapy treatments help your body’s natural inflammation process as you recover from illness or injury. Check out this paper by Dr. Michael Hamblin of Harvard Medical School to learn more about red light therapy’s effects on inflammation. Dr. Hamblin is one of the world’s leading photomedicine researchers, and believes light therapy produces an “overall reduction in inflammation.”

Improved Blood Flow: One of the potential benefits of light therapy is a significant increase in blood circulation following treatment sessions. This indicates tissues are receiving more oxygen and other nutrients that are important for healing. At the same time, light helps the body and circulatory system rid itself of toxic byproducts. Learn more about circulation and light therapy here.

Sleep Optimization: Healthy light intake is essential for sleep and maintaining natural circadian rhythms. Our brains interpret light as a sign of when to be awake and asleep, and when to make crucial sleep hormones like melatonin. Bright blue light at night can knock your sleep cycle out of whack, but red light is a lower-intensity alternative that can help support longer, more restful sleep.  Learn more about circadian rhythms and light here.

Recovery, Healing, and Performance: Light therapy is widely used by trainers and pro athletes to improve fitness, boost physical performance, and support the recovery process. Muscle cells require a great deal of energy, and grow and strengthen through a process of tears and repairs. Light therapy helps your body produce and use energy more efficiently. Supporting circulation and inflammation reduction with light therapy can also help you heal and recover after injuries and workouts.

Skin Health and Beauty: Taking in healthy light is crucial for skin cells, skin health, and beauty. Red and NIR light promotes balance across the body and skin by enhancing cellular respiration, making energy production more efficient, with less oxidative stress. When your cells are in greater balance, your skin will look and feel softer and more invigorated. Learn more about skin health and light therapy here.

Mental Acuity: Mental acuity is a measure of how well your brain processes and responds in the moment. When shined on the head, NIR wavelengths of light can reach brain cells and stimulate the mitochondria in the body’s main processing center. This can improve cellular energy production, enhance blood flow, and support better mental acuity.

ConclusionLight Therapy Supports Better Health

  • What is red light therapy (sometimes called near-infrared light, PBM or photobiomodulation, LLLT or low level laser therapy)? It involves emitting red and near-infrared wavelengths through the skin.
  • How does red light therapy work? It can help to stimulate cellular rejuvenation, increase blood flow, stimulate collagen, fight free radical damage and more.
  • Health benefits of PBM include assisting with healing conditions such as cancer treatment side effects, skin conditions like rosacea and wounds, wrinkles or fine lines, hair loss, arthritis symptoms, musculoskeletal disorders, and neurological damage.
  • Red light therapy side effects are rare, as it’s well-tolerated by most, but results can vary.
  • Well documents research: 4,000 laboratory tests, 550 RCTs (randomized controlled trials), 167 systematic reviews and 30 new research papers monthly.

Red Light therapy is a trusted and widely-used health modality backed by science and research. We all need healthy light to thrive, but most people don’t get enough for optimal function. A light therapy device like our BioSculpting device is easy to use, with the potential for systemic health benefits like improved cellular function and better sleep. Ready for light therapy?

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