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Light Therapy for Pain Management
While light therapy is an excellent tool to combat outward aesthetic concerns such as aging and acne, the whole-body benefits that near-infrared light therapy provides go way beyond skin deep. Many don’t realize just how effective light therapy can be for pain management.
An estimated 20% of American adults suffer from chronic pain, contributing to skyrocketing healthcare bills, lost productivity, and poor quality of life across the nation. What’s more, chronic pain has been linked to opioid dependency, anxiety, and depression. Not only is pain physically debilitating, but it can also affect mental health on a daily basis.
How Does Light Therapy for Pain Work?
In the same way that plants grow by getting their energy from the sun during photosynthesis, infrared (IR) therapy -- or “low-level light” therapy -- uses specific, proven wavelengths to stimulate a natural response in human tissue that can increase circulation, accelerate tissue repair, ease muscle pain, relieve joint stiffness, and enhance overall cell performance on a microscopic level. Infrared (IR) light therapy works by boosting cellular energy to encourage and enhance the body’s natural healing abilities.
When tissue is damaged, pain occurs. Human tissue can be compromised in a variety of ways, a sprained ankle, a surgical procedure that didn’t heal properly, or even an overly intense gym session can all cause bodily discomfort and emotional distress. Pain can be short-term or long-term, and because it presents itself differently in every person, it can be extremely difficult to treat.
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How Can Light Therapy Eliminate Pain?
Poor circulation and the lack of oxygen and other essential molecules (i.e., glucose, Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP)) in blood vessels can cause pain or a lack of sensation. Light energy stimulates the release of nitric oxide, causing blood vessels to increase in diameter (vasodilation) and allowing more blood flow, oxygen, and other important factors to be delivered. This increase in oxygen and nutrients, along with stimulation of the light energy emitted from our LED devices increases ATP production, which activates pain relieving pathways. This decreases pain and inflammation, and increases tissue regeneration in the localized area.
When it comes to effective treatment of pain conditions with LED light therapy, wavelength is key. Compared to blue light therapy, near-infrared wavelengths can penetrate deep into the muscle and joint tissue to alleviate pain, increase circulation and decrease inflammation. Infrared light therapy provides compromised cells with extra energy to accelerate the natural repair of compromised tissue cells, foster cell production, and restore homeostasis within the body.
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PEOPLE ACROSS THE NATION ARE SEARCHING FOR MORE NATURAL, CHEMICAL-FREE ALTERNATIVES TO TRADITIONAL MEDICAL SOLUTIONS.
Light therapy, particularly blue light treatments, fit the bill perfectly. Blue LED light, especially in combination with red light therapy, emits specific, clinically-proven wavelengths of light to trigger an all-natural effect in human tissue, killing acne-causing bacteria, decreasing inflammation, and improving skin tone, texture, and clarity from the inside out.