Red Light Therapy (also known as part of Photobiomodulation) is a treatment technique that uses laser light application, usually at a low level, or LED light to stimulate the activities of the cells with the aim of achieving therapeutic benefits.
The evidence surrounding the effectiveness of low laser therapy has been quite convincing. To fully realize the potential of Red Light Therapy, however, one must choose a light source that emits the correct beam of light within a specific wavelength.
The wavelength band and intensity are the two crucial factors to consider when picking and using a light source. A number of studies have been conducted on Red Light Therapy since its inception, proving that with the proper light source and the right output of energy, within the right range of wavelength, maximum benefits can be experienced.
What does Red Light Therapy do?
- Reduces inflammation and the accompanying pain
- Enhances blood circulation
- Speeds up the healing of wounds
- Reduces the appearance of scars, stretch marks, and wrinkles
- Speeds up muscle recovery
- Improves skin tone and the general complexion
- Diminishes acne, eczema, and rosacea
How does Red Light Therapy work to achieve these results?
Through the creation of capillaries, Red Light Therapy increases blood circulation. Availability of oxygen and better blood circulation helps to feed the right nutrients to the damaged cells in the body, promoting the recovery of damaged tissues.
Red Light Therapy reinvigorates the lymphatic vessels, reducing inflammation and swelling in the process. Through promoting increased collagen production, it improves firmness, elasticity, and fullness of the skin, leaving it rejuvenated.
All functioning human bodies have to produce “energy of life” in each individual cell. Scientifically, this cellular energizer is known as Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP).
Technically, cellular respiration produces Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP) through four stages: Glycolysis, Pyruvate oxidation, The citric acid cycle, Oxidative phosphorylation.
This last step process (Oxidative phosphorylation) takes place within the Mitochondria, that driving force within the cell. Here is where stimulation through light therapy is believed to be most effective.
During cell respiration, chemical reactions produce an enzyme called ATP synthase, which, in turn, energizes the production of ATP (that is, cell power).
When cells become ill, injured or stressed, the mitochondria can produce excess nitric oxide, which in turn reduces the production of ATP, damaging the individual cell and restricting natural healing.
Simply, cells under immense stress produce nitric acid, reducing the production of ATP synthase.
How does near infrared therapy work to restore cellular health?
Infrared and near red light, with the right intensity and wavelength, work to break the chemical bond that is preventing the production of ATP and thus returning the compromised cell to greater power.
Published clinical literature has shown that once a normal cellular metabolism has resumed, one will experience:
- Improved collagen creation
- Better blood circulation resulting from the creation of capillaries
- Strengthened anti-inflammatory qualities due to the heightened activity of the lymph system
- Hastened muscle recovery
- Weight loss
- Enhanced athletic performance
- Improved fertility
- Relieved joint pain as well as reducing inflammation in the joint area
Importance of Collagen in Promoting Health
Collagen is the most available form of protein in the human body structure, in muscles, bones, tendons, and skin. It is tasked with the responsibility of skin elasticity, keeping together the connective tissues and hair strengthening. It makes up an estimated 30% of the total body protein and 70% of the skin protein. Collagen largely benefits the skin, although it also benefits the whole body.
When a person is aging, their skin thins and loses its previous firmness, showing as wrinkles. This is where Red Light Therapy plays a crucial role in restoring a healthy cell function, by stimulating the creation of collagen. This is the reason as to why many people report the refreshing benefits of this therapy.
Red Light Therapy is a naturopathic therapy. It is not an instantaneous solution, but rather an additional tool to enhance the functioning of individual body cells, especially body cells that are already injured, stressed or aged.