What is Light Therapy?
Light Therapy (also known as photobiomodulation) delivers safe, concentrated wavelengths of natural light to your skin and cells. These wavelengths of light stimulate the cells and reduce oxidative stress so your body is able to make more energy to power itself. By lowering inflammation and pain, the body will increase function and speed up the healing process.
What causes inflammation?
Inflammation is the body’s natural reaction against dangers like injuries, wounds, bruises, burns, infections, germs, irritation, and cell damage. The body’s white blood cells release chemicals into the blood or affected tissues to protect the body from foreign substances, possibly creating redness and warmth. Some of the chemicals cause a leak of fluid into the tissues resulting in swelling.
The body may also create inflammation due to external chemicals, toxins, alcohol, not enough sleep, poor nutrition, dehydration and excessive exposure to blue light or radiation.
How does Light Therapy help reduce inflammation?
Light Therapy has been clinically proven to enhance the activity of the lymphatic system. This reduces inflammation by increasing blood flow to damaged tissues. This is particularly important for speeding up treatment, recovering from workouts, and pain relief.
It has also been shown to greatly reduce pain & swelling after surgery and helps inhibit any oral/dental surgery inflammation induced by endotoxins such as E. coli and P. gingivalis. It is a great natural alternative to anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDS) to relieve inflammation and pain.
Will Light Therapy help alleviate pain and speed up recovery?
Yes. Over time, Light Therapy has been clinically proven to alleviate pain for various ailments including osteoarthritis and joint pain. It has even been shown to reduce pain from rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia.
Numerous trials support its ability to treat exercise related muscle soreness. By bringing increased circulation to the area, Light Therapy has a beneficial effect, giving a speedier recovery by reducing delayed onset muscle soreness. Other benefits include muscle hypertrophy, increased growth hormones, increased endurance, improved heart rate variability, and decreased oxidative stress. It also activates heat shock proteins, which are produced by cells in response to exposure to stressful conditions. These benefits also decrease the formation of scar tissue.
Continued use before exercise results in less pain and inflammation after each workout.
Can Light Therapy help increase my range of motion?
Yes. Light Therapy helps reduce inflammation and joint pain and, in return, helps increase functionality, giving you a better range of motion.
What should I expect from a treatment?
A treatment consists of the target area being directly under the light for approximately 15 minutes. You will feel warming in the area from the increased blood circulation that the light promotes. You will often move easier and with less pain & stiffness after treatment.