Near-Infrared and Red Light Therapy for Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, and Inflammatory Disorders



 

 

Also referred to as low-level laser therapy, red light therapy is the use of  low-energy light emitting diodes (LED’s) as an unconventional treatment for pain relief1.

This therapy uses red and near-infrared light which are part of the electromagnetic spectrum similar to that emitted by the sun. The wavelengths are bioactive in humans since they can affect the functions of your cells.

Red light therapy facilitates the production of endorphins and serotonin which can help ease pain and improve your mood.

Red light therapies

  • Red light therapy and Fibromyalgia

Red light therapy is commonly used to alleviate symptoms that accompany fibromyalgia2. It can help alleviate:

  • Fatigue
  • Pain
  • Depression
  • Sleep issues
  • Red light therapy and Chronic Fatigue

Individuals with fibromyalgia often experience chronic fatigue. Red light therapy has been proven to boost energy levels, ease anxiety and resolve sleeping3 problems thus effectively minimizing fatigue4.

  • Red light therapy and Inflammatory Disorders

Research has shown red light therapy can effectively manage pain. When red light penetrates the skin it stimulates mitochondrial function that in turn promotes healing and the production of collagen and protein. It also works at cellular and muscular levels to minimize inflammation5.

How infrared therapy relieves your pain

When the red light penetrates your body it stimulates your cells to produce more energy which cause an increase in blood flow.

Increasing your blood flow can trigger your body to release toxins that might be causing internal inflammation. It also boosts nutrient supply to cells which can help with the healing process.

Red light therapy has no known side effects. The low-level wavelengths used do not produce heat, therefore, posing no threat to damaging your skin, tissue or internal organs.

Frequent red light therapy can help you alleviate fibromyalgia symptoms such as sleep problems, mood disorders, fatigue, and muscle pain.

 

Links

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11845369
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11845369
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3543348/
  4. https://www.pnas.org/content/114/34/8914
  5. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4743666/
  6. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4851696/