Red light therapy is a natural form of therapy gaining traction among the holistic health and wellness crowd as a means of promoting healing at a cellular level. While you may be inclined to think a red light treatment entails a scientifically-complex procedure, during a therapy session, light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs simply shine red or near-infrared (NIR) light onto one’s skin. While it is a relatively simple method of promoting health and optimal wellness, the benefits are immense. Not to mention, it’s safe, non-invasive, and completely painless.
With uses ranging from cosmetic to the treatment of medical conditions, if you’re interested in learning how you can, essentially, “supercharge” all of the cells in your body, read on!
What is Red Light Therapy
During a red light therapy treatment, non-invasive wavelengths of light are emitted from LED bulbs. This light is intended to shine directly onto the skin where it is subsequently absorbed into the body’s tissue. This natural light–which does not produce heat–shines on the skin for up to 20 minutes at a time. This exposure to light encourages the cells in our body to make more energy by stimulating our mitochondria and enhancing the cellular respiration process that makes a molecule called ATP adenosine triphosphate (ATP) which is responsible for carrying and providing energy to our cells.
Routinely stimulating our mitochondria is important because their dysfunction has been linked to many chronic diseases and illnesses. This dysfunction can stem from a multitude of factors such as diet, lifestyle, chronic stress, and aging. Thankfully, red light therapy provides a simple solution.
Benefits of Red Light Therapy
One of the most common uses for red light therapy is at skin-level. Red light therapy has been celebrated for its anti-aging benefits because it encourages skin rejuvenation and promotes the production of elastin and collagen–both of which decline with age. It can also provide other benefits to the skin such as promoting the healing of wounds (think reduction of the appearance of scars and stretch marks) as well as treating chronic skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.
But the benefits of red light therapy don’t just stop at the skin. A red light session can also:
Reduce inflammation in the body;
Help repair tissue;
Increase the circulation of blood by bringing oxygen to the area being treatment and carrying away any toxins or waste than may have accumulated there;
Encourage antioxidant production;
Boost the immune system;
Help balance hormones;
Improve one’s quality of sleep;
Assist in the growth and repair of cells;
Improve muscle performance during exercise;
Promote recovery of muscle tissue following injury or exercise; and
Aid in weight loss and reduce the appearance of cellulite.
Where Can I Try It?
A typical red light therapy session lasts between 10 and 20 minutes in length, but that time depends on the desired results. To experience optimal results, three sessions per week for one month can provide significant improvement in symptoms to those with substantial injuries or chronic conditions.
Home red light therapy devices are available for purchase. This form of holistic therapy is also offered at holistic health and wellness practices.
If you’re interested in experiencing the benefits of red light therapy for yourself, I will be offering sessions at my new office–Balance Holistic Health Center–opening on January 2, 2023 in Brecksville, Ohio. You can pre-book your stretch therapy session now on our website-