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Red light therapy, also known as photobiomodulation therapy, is the use of clinically-determined wavelengths of red and near-infrared light to increase circulation and the synthesis of cellular energy. The natural metabolic processes enhanced by red light therapy help reduce the damaging effects of oxidative stress. Oxidative stress is an imbalance between free radicals and antioxidants. Both of these molecules are necessary for normal, healthy reactions in the body, but an excess of either can cause damage. Red light therapy helps promote the body’s natural processes for metabolizing free radicals, minimizing the damage they cause.
Photobiomodulation Therapy Benefits
One way to aid in the fight against oxidative stress is red and near-infrared light therapy. Red light, at specific wavelengths, is readily absorbed by chromophores in the mitochondria of the body’s cells, which activates metabolic energy processes. Red and near-infared wavelengths of light promote ATP production, which boosts energy transport within cells, leading to increased cell proliferations. This boost in the body’s natural healing cycle helps reduce inflammation and promotes healing of damaged tissue. What makes red light different from other forms of light is its ability to penetrate deeper into the skin. While blue and ultraviolet light mainly affects the upper layers of skin, red light can be absorbed by cells deep in the body.
Red light therapy can be used to manage a variety of conditions, such as:
- nerve pain and Nerve Regeneration
- Soft Tissue Healing
- Anxiety Depression
- Improved Skin Appearance and Elasticity
- Improved Muscle Performance and Recovery