Red light therapy is also known as photobiomodulation (PBM), low level light therapy (LLLT), biostimulation, photonic stimulation or light box therapy. This therapy uses specific wavelengths of light to treat the skin to accomplish various outcomes.

Studies have shown that different wavelengths affect the body in different ways. The most effective wavelengths of red light are in the ranges of 630-670 and 810-880 These specific wavelengths of red light create a biochemical affect in our cells that serves to increase mitochondrial function.

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.

Potential Benefits

-treats depression, seasonal affective disorder, and postpartum depression

-activates the lymphatic system to help “detoxify” the body

-boosts the immune system

-reduces cellulite

-aids in weight loss

-treats back or neck pain

-fights periodontitis and dental infections

-promotes wound healing and tissue repair

-improves hair growth in people with androgenic alopecia

-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

-improves skin complexion and builds collagen to diminish wrinkles

-helps to mend sun damage

-improves the health of joints in people with degenerative osteoarthritis of the knee

-helps diminish scars relieves pain and inflammation in people with pain in the Achilles tendons

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