Red light therapy is a type of photobiomodulation (various forms of light therapies). Red light therapy functions as a result of our bodies reacting to certain wavelengths of light. More precisely red and near-red wavelengths between 600-1100 nanometers.
Light is a wave, but can also be observed as a sum of photons – small portions of electromagnetic charge. When you place a red light therapy device on your skin, it showers your body with these photons.
Once these photons come into contact with mitochondria, they generate more energy in the cell, which further triggers a wide variety of amazing processes from the cellular level, to every organ in the body.
You don’t really care about your mitochondria on a Tuesday afternoon when your tooth is aching, do you?
So, let’s talk about the proven benefits of red light therapy and how they can improve your everyday life making you feel and live better.
A powerful red light therapy device helps your body work at an optimal level by doing the following:
- reviving circulation
- reducing inflammation
- providing pain relief
- repairing tissue
- regaining performance
Still a bit too general?
Let’s translate these benefits into your everyday issues. Here is a list of 11 stellar red light therapy benefits:
#1 Decreases Blood Pressure
Hypertension or elevated blood pressure can have many different causes. One of them can be the poor quality and elasticity of your blood vessels. This makes them less open for the blood flow, increasing the pressure within them.
Nitric Oxide (NO) is released in response to red light hitting the mitochondria. NO dilates the blood vessels, making it easier for the blood to flow through them. This boosts the blood flow and decreases blood pressure.
#2 Increases Lymphatic System Activity
In a similar way it helps blood vessels within the body, as red light therapy boosts the lymphatic system. Lymph cells are not pumped through your body but rather squeezed by your muscles and other organs.
Lymph nodes distribute white blood cells and help fight off infections. That’s why stimulation of the lymphatic system is crucial for your wellbeing.
#3 Tames Asthma
Asthmatics have sensitive airways that are prone to inflammation. When airways are inflamed, they tighten and produce extra mucus, making breathing difficult or impossible. Red light therapy successfully triggers the body’s inner anti-inflammatory defense that keeps asthma symptoms at bay.
#4 Regulates Fibromyalgia
This condition is characterized by chronic pain in the musculoskeletal system. It is not entirely known what causes fibromyalgia and how it works, but scientists suspect it is related to the brain’s ability to sense and process pain.
The fact that it usually goes hand in hand with irritable bowel syndrome and migraines, means that it is possible that inflammation triggers fibromyalgia.
Another way it can help patients with fibromyalgia is through increasing their levels of dopamine and serotonin, which helps to soothe the pain. Red light therapy has had great success in the field of pain relief.
#5 Keeps Rheumatic Conditions at Bay
Rheumatic conditions are also a form of inflammation. While they mostly affect muscles, bones, and tendons, they sometimes affect other organs in your body as well. Besides boosting the anti-inflammatory defense of the organism, red light therapy increases fibroblast proliferation. This results in better collagen production that heavily influences the quality of bones, muscles, and tendons.
#6 Helps with Sinusitis
This is another condition that is caused by inflammation. Sinuses are normally filled with air. However, when there is any kind of fluid in them, it creates fertile ground for the growth of bacteria and other germs. By reducing inflammation, the immune system is boosted to fight off germs. The lymphatic system lushes away toxic matter, thus red light therapy helps ease the symptoms of sinusitis.
#7 Eases the Symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Colitis
Another two conditions that include inflammation symptoms are irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and colitis. Red light therapy will reduce inflammation, but that’s not all: Research has shown that gut bacteria responds to red light therapy to a great degree. Therefore, it is possible to soothe the effects of IBS by controlling the microbiome of your gut.
#8 Helps with Muscle Sprains
Red light therapy causes macrophage cells to inhabit the injury zone. In that way, the pain is soothed fairly quickly. These types of cells reduce the hypersensitivity to pain and even improve sensorimotor function. There have been cases when photobiomodulation introduced immediate pain relief to muscle sprains, but the extensive medical study is still to be conducted.
#9 Soothes Dental Pain
Red light therapy promotes healing of the bones and other types of tissue. It also provides pain relief and speeds up wound healing. All of these properties are all you need to help with a variety of dental issues.
Whether you need a wound to heal after a tooth extraction or you need inflammation reduction to have work done on your teeth – red light therapy can definitely help you. Some dental offices already use RLT as an alternative to NSAID medication.
#10 Promotes Wound Healing
For a wound to heal it is necessary for the red blood cells to produce collagen that creates the new tissue. So, for the wound to heal faster, it is necessary for the collagen to be produced faster.
Red light therapy boosts both collagen production and blood circulation. Therefore, not only will the collagen be produced faster, but the red blood cells will reach the injury site in a much more efficient way, thus speeding up wound healing.
#11 Improves Sleep Quality
Red light is the wavelength your are exposed to during the sunrise and sunset. The red light of the morning sun triggers a series of hormonal changes, including the production of melatonin, which is necessary for good sleep.
Sunlight gives your body enough time over the day to create the melatonin needed for your night sleep. In that way, red light therapy will help you sync your circadian rhythm and help you get nights of deep, restoring sleep.
All of these benefits are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to RLT. While RLT is not a new thing, extensive medical research is still in progress. We have yet to discover just how powerful and amazing this budding branch of medicine really is.
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