Power of Light Therapy
In addition, to stimulating ATP, near-infrared and red light therapy also works through a form of hormesis. Hormesis is a process in the cell that triggers a response to exposure to increasing amounts of a substance or condition. Exercise is a form of hormesis. When we exercise, we create a temporary metabolic stressor. Our body breakds down muscle and the Mitochondria has to repair itself and coming back stronger, better able to adapt to the new environment. In much the same way, Light serves as a low-dose stressor to your cells. Our body then adapts to it, resulting in healthier cells that builds up the size and strength of the mitochondria. This results in more energy, stronger anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory defense system, and higher resiliency to overall stress.
Most research showing benefits of red light and near-infrared light have used wavelengths in the narrow ranges of 630-680nm and 800-880nm. This range is considered a “sweet spot” for delivering a host of therapeutic benefits and is what we provide in our office.