Studies on animals and humans have found that red and near infrared light therapy greatly aids in healing breaks, fractures, and bone defects. ATP production is interrupted in broken bones, and cells begin to die from lack of energy. Red and near infrared light have been shown to:
Stimulate energy production in bone cells
Increase bone growth factors
Enhance blood vessel formation in blood flow to the affected area
Enhance the attachment and production of collagen and stimulates growth of bone cells – all of which accelerate the bone repair process
Overall, bone irradiated with near infrared wavelength show increase bone formation in collagen deposition. Read near infrared light therapy is becoming very popular in all sports wear brakes, sprains, and fractures are frequent.
Red and near infrared light offers athletes a noninvasive treatment for soft tissue injuries, providing recovery and pain relief. Athletes who suffer injuries to their shoulders, back, legs and other areas may benefit from light therapy. NASA conducted research throughout the 2000s indicating that the red light stimulated energy production within cells, effectively providing enough fuel to boost tissue regeneration and accelerate the healing process.
Red light has a particularly short wavelength, meaning that each individual wave is extremely close to the waves in front of and behind it. The shorter the light’s wavelength, the deeper the light can penetrate into the skin, making the short-wavelength red light ideal for using in therapy.
As the red light penetrates the skin, continuously reaching the light-sensitive mitochondria within the body’s cells, ATP (adenosine triphosphate – the energy currency inside the cell) production increases for the duration of the treatment, accelerating the recovery of injured tissue.
Once the red LED light has increased the cell’s energy production, each cell within the treated area begins producing new cells to replace the cells of the injured tissue. Once ATP production increases, so does a cell’s production of fibroblasts. These cells provide the building blocks of the body’s connective tissue, producing collagen and other soft tissues and making increased fibroblast creation particularly helpful in treating sports injuries involving torn tendons or ligaments.
“There is an epidemic of AD that is expected to hit the Western world as the overall population ages, and there has been a noticeable lack of any effective pharmacological therapies that have been approved for AD. Although the evidence for the effectiveness of PBM in the treatment of AD is still very preliminary, it is possible that PBM will play an even larger role in society in years to come if clinical trials now being conducted are successful. The authors conclude that clinic or home-based PBM therapy using laser or LED devices will become one of the most promising strategies for neurorehabilitation in upcoming years.” PMCID: PMC6041198
One use of red light therapy that’s growing in popularity is reversing signs of aging on the skin (i.e, wrinkles and fine lines). Results from a 2014 study published in Photomedicine and Laser Surgery demonstrated both efficacy and safety for red light therapy in promoting anti-aging skin rejuvenation and intradermal collagen increase when compared against controls.
Researchers concluded that red infrared therapy “provides a safe, non-ablative, non-thermal, atraumatic photobiomodulation treatment of skin tissue with high patient satisfaction rates.”
Subjects treated with red light therapy experienced significantly improved skin complexion, improved skin tone, improved texture/feeling, reduced skin roughness, reduced signs of wrinkles and fine lines, and increased collagen density as measured through ultrasonographic tests. Patients with rosacea and redness have also found relief using LLLT, even those who are unable to tolerate higher-heat laser therapies.
Yet another anti-aging effect of red light therapy is reversing hair loss and stimulating follicle growth, which works in many of the same ways as red light therapy for wound healing.
Fight the effects of aging with the healing wavelengths of the sun! ☀️
There are 2 tricks to avoiding the burn. And they are pretty simple. And neither of them have to do with wearing sunscreens.
The first is to build up your solar callous. This is done early in spring by going outside for 10 to 20 minutes a day. Your skin will start getting used the the amount of sun and become thicker. Use the app D-minder and it will tell you down to the exact minute to be safe while doing this.
The second is to use red and near infrared light to precondition the skin allowing you to absorb more mid day UV. You can do this by exposing as much skin as possible to the sunrise or by using one of our light devices. The clear winner between the two is the sunrise but if you can’t do that the next best way is our lights.
And lastly, if you do receive more UV than you would have liked, you can use the sunset or our lights as a way to reduce the inflammation and start the healing process.
Take away: red and near infrared light will allow you to absorb more UV and keep you happy and healthy without the need of any toxic sunscreens that block most of the benefits that the sun will provide. ☀️