What In the World Is Red Light Therapy?
While it may sound like something straight out of a science fiction movie, Red Light Therapy technology is available not in some distant far away land, but right here and right now, and could provide therapy and different types of rejuvenating uses including anti-aging, hair loss prevention & regrowth, skin conditions, wound care, pain relief, and a lot more!
To make it simple to understand, let’s break down exactly what Red Light Therapy is, and how it can help you:
What exactly is it?
Red light therapy has a few names, including: photobiomodulation (PBM), low level light therapy (LLLT), biostimulation, photonic stimulation or light box therapy. This type of therapy uses specific wavelengths of red light to treat the skin to help you look and feel better.Studies have shown that different wavelengths affect the body in different ways, with this specific wavelengths of red light helping out the most. Red and near-infrared light are part of the electromagnetic spectrum, and more specifically, part of the spectrum of light emitted by the sun. These wavelengths of light are bioactive in humans (meaning these types of light affect the function of our cells).
Where did it come from?
From outer space! Well, sort of: In an effort to find a solution how to best grow plants and feed our astronauts while in space, NASA enlisted the expertise of several plant biologists, who, in looking for answers, sought out LED lights. Once LEDs proved to be successful in plant growth, NASA then looked into the use of LED therapy in tissue healing and found positive results, also. This research fueled the development of innovative and powerful LEDs that are now used in a variety of aesthetic applications via Red Light Therapy treatment.
How does it work?
Like plants, the human body needs light. Without sunlight, we could become deficient in vitamin D (not to mention all the other issues we could face, such as Seasonal Afflication Disorder). Natural sunlight is a combination of the whole visible light spectrum (400-700 nm) and ultraviolet (UV; 300-400 nm) and infrared (700-1000 nm) light. It’s been found that the body has specific positive responses to light in the 600-900 nm wavelengths range.
This light energy can pass through human tissue much easier than other wavelengths. Specifically, light in the mid-600 nm and mid-800 nm range has been shown to provide the best biological responses. This energy is absorbed by the body and stimulates adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the mode of chemical energy transportation at the cellular level. In other words, the cells that get this boost of red light are able to perform their natural functions at a higher than normal level.
So, while most other wavelengths of light can’t penetrate into the body and stay in the layers of the skin, this type of red light is able to reach deep into the human body (several centimeters, and possibly inches) and can directly penetrate into the cells, tissues, blood, nerves, the brain, and into the bones.
What Can Red Light Therapy Help With?
The great thing about Red Light Therapy is it’s wide versatility of uses. To put it simply, it can sometimes help out in a large variety of areas and situations, such as:
- Help to prevent hair loss and promote hair growth
- Faster production of collagen and elastin
- Quicker muscle recovery and athletic performance
- Improved appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and stretch marks
- Improved skin tone and complexion
- Reduction in size and severity of acne and eczema
- Reduced joint pain, inflammation, and arthritis
- Increased circulation throughout the body
- Faster healing of wounds and injuries
How Long Does It Take To Work?
The short answer is: it depends on what you’re trying to treat! Red Light Therapy can provide you with ongoing improvements that you could begin to see in anywhere from one day to one month into treatment. It’s generally noted that if used as a photofacial, you’ll start to see results almost right away (you’re skin and face can start to glow and look radiant!) As a skin healing therapy, some improvements could be noticed in as little as one day from the first treatment. For pain relief, Red Light Therapy can be effective in as little as 30 minutes, and for older wounds or scars, this can take a longer, and you’ll generally notice a gradual increase in effectiveness. The devices are high powered and only require 5-10 minutes per area treated to get a clinically relevant dose. Daily use is recommended.
How Much Does It Cost?
If you go to a spa or salon for Red Light Treatment, you can expect to pay quite a bit of money over numerous sessions. However, you can now purchase a high quality Red Light Therapy device of your own for less than the cost of just two spa treatments. But not all Red Light Therapy devices are created equally, and you don’t want to end up buying a cheap product that simply doesn’t work!
TherapeuticRed offers a wide variety of high-end FDA approved Class 2 medical Red Light Therapy products for long term relief at a fraction of the cost of the same type of therapy you’d get a spa– and you get to do it from the comfort of your own home!