Red Light Therapy
The principle of red light therapy can be thought of as like a human version of the way plants photosynthesize. It is thought that certain wavelengths of light can enhance the functioning of mitochondria, which are the organelles in a cell which take in nutrients and break them down to create energy molecules for the cell. By enhancing the cellular respiration, it will improve the functioning of the whole cell.
How does it work?
Red light produces a biochemical effect in cells that strengthens the mitochondria. The mitochondria are the powerhouse of the cell — it’s where the cell’s energy is created. The energy-carrying molecule found in the cells of all living things is called ATP(adenosine triphosphate).
By increasing the function of the mitochondria using RLT, a cell can make more ATP. With more energy, cells can function more efficiently, rejuvenate themselves, and repair damage.
RLT is different from laser or intense pulsed light (IPL) therapies because it doesn’t cause damage to the skin surface. Laser and pulsed light therapies work by causing controlled damage to the outer layer of the skin, which then induces tissue repair. RLT bypasses this harsh step by directly stimulating regeneration of the skin. The light emitted by RLT penetrates roughly 5 millimeters below the skin’s surface.
promotes wound healing and tissue repair
help for the short-term treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome
stimulates healing of slow-healing wounds, like diabetic foot ulcers
reduces psoriasis lesions
aids with short-term relief of pain and morning stiffness in people with rheumatoid arthritis
reduces some of the side effects of cancer treatments, including oral mucositis
helps to mend sun damage
prevents recurring cold sores from herpes simplex virus infections
helps diminish scars
relieves pain and inflammation in people with pain in the Achilles tendons
activates the lymphatic system to help “detoxify” the body
boosts the immune system
aids in weight loss
fights periodontitis and dental infections