Power of Light Therapy
Light Therapy is a natural, non-invasive fast-growing technology used to treat a multitude of conditions, making it increasingly popular with dermatologists, plastic surgeons, and Natural Health Providers.
People, like plants, have a chemical reaction to light. By exposing our bodies to specific wavelengths within the red and near-infrared (NIR) light spectrum, we can increase ATP production in the mitochondria. ATP, is the energy unit of the cell. It is one of the most important and major energy sources of the body. And, since virtually every cell depends on energy supplied by the Mitrochonidra, red light and near-infrared light therapy have been linked with a wide range of therapeutic benefits including: promoting healing, boost collagen production, treat skin conditions, reduce inflammation, improve autoimmunity, increase collagen production, combats chronic fatigue, and so much more!
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.
While most other wavelengths of light (such as UV, blue, green, and yellow light, etc.) are mostly unable to penetrate into the body and stay in the layers of the skin, near-infrared light and red light are able to reach deep into the human body (several centimeters, and close to 2 inches, in some cases) and are able to directly penetrate into the cells, tissues, blood, nerves, the brain, and into the bones. Red light has wavelengths of 630nm-700nm and is effective for use on the surface of your skin. Infrared’s light of 800nm to 1 millimeter is able to penetrate deeper, making it effective for using on skin surface as well as deeper penetration of apx 1.5 inches into the body.
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.
There are numerous studies highlighting the benefits of Red/NIR