In the last couple of years, the health and wellness world has begun to take a much closer look at light. First, our attention turned to sunlight and the incredible power and importance of Vitamin D. After that, it was blue light’s detrimental effects on the human body, especially as working from home became the norm and led to more blue-light exposure than ever for many of us. Now you may be starting to hear about red light and how it can be used for its positive impacts on the body.
But what is red light, and how can red light therapy benefit us?
Red Light Therapy
Red light therapy, also known as photobiomodulation, is a treatment that exposes the body to a low level of red or near-infrared light to aid in the healing of skin, muscle tissue, and other parts of the body. This is typically done with a specialized red light lamp.
The red light is absorbed by your body’s mitochondria, which use it to make more energy. Experts suspect that this extra energy is what leads to faster healing and repair in the body.
Is it Dangerous?
Red light therapy lamps use a very low level of red light, so using it won’t give you a sunburn or damage your skin like a tanning booth—in fact, it can actually help to repair sun-damaged skin. Still, it should be used in moderation.
What are the benefits?
Red light therapy has been shown to be effective in reducing pain in the jaw (TMD), joints, and tendons. It can also benefit those with androgenetic alopecia, which causes hair loss. It is often used in salons to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, scars, burns, and otherwise damaged skin.
Where can I get it?
While you can receive red light therapy at some doctors offices and salons, the easiest way to work it into your regular routine is to get a home device of your own. We recommend Vielight systems, as they are affordable, user friendly, and provide excellent results.