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What is Infrared (IR) Light Therapy?
Much like plants, scientific research has shown that human bodies can absorb particles of light (photons) and transform that light energy into adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the form of energy needed to power metabolic processes, improve cellular performance, and encourage tissue repair and regeneration. Modern LED light therapy utilizes three types of wavelengths; Blue, Red, and Near-Infrared. Infrared light, particularly near-infrared, offers a whole new set of medical benefits that are clinically proven to penetrate deep below the skin’s surface layer to target muscle and joint pain at the source, providing much-needed relief for people who suffer from inflammation and injury.
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.
How Can Infrared (IR) Help With Pain Management?
Back pain, joint pain, general body pain, tissue pain all compromise daily life and can limit enjoyment. But many people who suffer from pain prefer non-drug treatment strategies. LLLT is FDA-approved to treat pain: Lasers for pain provide long-lasting relief and actually help heal the tissue that is causing the pain, unlike pain medications.
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 from LLLT lasers 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 Celluma 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, the wavelength is key. 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.
The Celluma Delux emits blue, red, and near-infrared wavelengths and treats pain: arthritic pain, joint pain, and stiffness, muscle tension, and spasm. The Celluma DELUX also decreases inflammation and increases micro-circulation to manage numerous pain conditions. It’s FDA-cleared and effective!
Beneficial effects of (photobiomodulation) Low-Level Laser Therapy
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