What Is Red Light Therapy?

by Anthony Carter on May 20, 2011


red light therapyDifferent types of light therapy are now used for the treatment of various conditions. One of the most popular is red light therapy. There is evidence that using this regularly can help to stimulate the body’s immune system and help reduce the symptoms of various maladies. There is also the claim that this type of therapy can help reduce wrinkles due to aging. This type of treatment is available from a qualified therapist or some people even buy their own light therapy devices.

How Does Red Light Therapy Work?

It might seem odd to those who have never considered it that different color lights would have an impact on our health. Most of us will appreciate that a bit of sunlight is good for health, but light therapy might sound a bit odd. In fact there is a lot of evidence that this type of therapy is effective. In fact, people have been using it since ancient Greece. In modern times there have been some impressive improvements in technology and it has become an accepted part of western medicine. For instance, babies who are born with jaundice will be routinely put under a special lamp because this will resolve the problem.

Red light therapy works by activating adenosine triphospate (ATP) in the muscle tissues. ATP is a unit of energy that the body needs to keep functioning. Red light therapy frees up more of this energy and so the body can put it to good use. This light also has the effect of loosening up blood vessels and other types of tissue. It is usual to point the red light at the part of the body that is experiencing a problem. So if you have a headache the red light will be directed towards your forehead. It is believed that the treatment makes blood move smoother which can help to reduce the stress in the area and thus the headache.

Red light therapy is commonly used for a number of different conditions including:

  • Depression
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Skin problems such as acne
  • Facial ticks
  • Headaches
  • Symptoms of stress
  • Wound healing
  • Wrinkle removal

Red Light Therapy Treatments

Most people who use this type of therapy will attend a clinic. The number of sessions required will very much depend on the nature of the ailment. In most instances the sessions won’t last very long; usually less than 5 minutes. Sometimes there may be multiple sessions with the red light therapy within a single visit to the clinic; there will be a rest period between each period under the light. There are some people who buy their own red light therapy system but caution is a must. Any system should be FDA approved and the instructions followed exactly.

Red light therapy can be a useful treatment that has a proven track record. We have been benefiting from light therapy for thousands of years and we are sure to continue to do so well into the future.

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