You may have heard of red light laser therapy, or photobiomodulation, and wondered – what’s that? Red light therapy is a non-invasive treatment that delivers concentrated natural light to your skin and cells. Backed by thousands of peer-reviewed medical studies and clinical trials, it’s quick and easy and only takes five to fifteen minutes per day. You simply stand or sit in front of the light and it provides the mitochondria in your cells the natural light they need to make the energy that powers your body.
The product we use at Defining Wellness Centers utilize medical-grade LED’s to shine natural red and near infrared light on your body. It’s very similar to receiving light from the sun, without the heat or UV rays that cause sun damage. Red light therapy produces a variety of positive results, including:
- Inflammation and pain relief
- Fitness gains
- Muscle recovery
- Sleep optimization
- Skin health
- Athletic performance
Emerging research is showing that red light therapy is providing benefits in brain health, mental health, supportive cancer care, and more. Red light therapy is extremely safe and well-tolerated, with little to no risks or side effects. The light therapy products used by Defining Wellness Centers are registered with the FDA as class II medical devices for the treatment of pain, strain, and inflammation.
Why Red Light Laser Therapy Is Beneficial In Co-Occurring Treatment
Many people who are in early recovery experience a variety of post-acute withdrawal symptoms, or PAWS. Some of these symptoms include inflammation in the body, trouble sleeping, restless leg syndrome, muscle aches, and other physical and mental ailments. Red Light Laser Therapy has provided benefits in all of the above, along with reducing pain, swelling, and stiffness. Studies have also shown positive results for the healing of bone and tissue injuries, as well as improved wound and burn healing results. For IV drug users, the Red Light Charger can improve scarring or open wounds on one’s body. It’s also beneficial when rehabbing common sports injuries like tears and strains.
There are benefits for all people who utilize red light therapy, but women over fifty were found to develop significantly higher values of quadricep power and total work, along with decreased levels of fatigue. A meta-analysis in 2013 found that postmenopausal women using red light therapy treatments had better muscle recovery times and improved maximal performance. When women come into treatment, they’re often physically run down as a result of not taking care of themselves, and red light laser therapy helps to improve their physical health at a more rapid pace.
Light plays a major role in one’s sleep cycle, and clinical research is showing that red light therapy can improve sleep quality and duration, as well as helping people produce more of their own melatonin. We’re exposed to copious amounts of artificial blue light from digital displays, computers, and cell phones, which is extremely bright and can negatively impact one’s circadian rhythm. Red light has the opposite effect and is ideal for evenings because it has a lower color temperature and is close to the light of a natural sunset.
The Various Health Benefits of Red Light Therapy
There are so many ways that red light therapy is beneficial for people, including when it comes to skincare rejuvenation and counteracting the signs of aging. Red light therapy actually diminishes signs of fine lines, enhances skin tone, and has positive effects on the wrinkle and moisture content of the face. It can also aid in healing acne scars and burns, pimples, breakouts, and other skin conditions.
Though not yet approved by the FDA, many are using red light therapy as a brain health treatment. Studies are showing that the brain benefits from increased cerebral blood flow, more oxygen availability and consumption, and a boost of ATP energy production through enhanced mitochondrial activity. Research is showing improvements in reaction time, attention, executive functioning, and memory. In the first human trials, red light therapy has also demonstrated major improvements in people with brain injuries like TBI and CTE.
Seasonal depression affects nearly 5% of the population and not getting enough natural light every day is a contributor to seasonal affective disorder (SAD). The average American spends over 90% of their time indoors, which dramatically limits their ability to experience natural light. Red light therapy allows you to bring natural light indoors and experience the benefits, with emerging clinical research showing improvements for people with depression.
Progressive Treatment Incorporating Cutting-Edge Techniques
Defining Wellness Centers consistently seeks out the latest and greatest treatment interventions to provide the most well-rounded, progressive program, and tools for our clients’ use. By improving emotional regulation, clients are able to begin healing, physically and emotionally, earlier in the treatment process. Through interventions like red light laser therapy, our clients have the best tools at their disposal to get as healthy as possible.
Using the red light charger for must minutes a day can provide relief in so many areas. Many professional athletes and even Dave Asprey, founder of Bulletproof coffee and the father of the biohacking movement, uses red light therapy for his own health and wellness. We encourage everyone to try red light therapy with our guidance, as it can provide so many improvements and benefits and often decreases or eliminates the need for certain medications. For more information on red light therapy and Defining Wellness Centers, please call us at 855-790-9303.