Red Light & Near Infrared (NIR) Therapy
Light therapy, or Photobiomodulation, uses lasers and LED lights to penetrate the body and activate light sensitive reactions within the body.
Just like plants use certain wavelengths of light from the suns rays to produce energy, our cells also react to different wavelengths of light to initiate biochemical processes. Different wavelengths of light stimulate different processes (for instance, we've long knew that light in the ultraviolet spectrums stimulates our body to produce Vitamin D).
Light in the red and near-infrared spectrum (630-670 nm and 830-850 nm) increase our mitochondria (cellular engine) respiratory process through multiple mechanisms. The end result is an increased production of ATP, our cellular fuel. With more ATP, our cells have more energy to work with, so we notice more energy and more cellular repair.
Who should use Red Light and Near Infrared therapy?
Numerous studies outline the positive health effects of red light and near infrared light. While we can not say that these light therapies target a specific disease, they do treat underlying biochemical imbalances that lead to numerous disease states.
Supports injury/athletic recovery, and reduces chronic pain, and supports weight loss
Supports hormonal health (improves thyroid function, with many autoimmune thyroid patients being able to discontinue or lower their loss of medication; improves testosterone production)
Supports skin health (reduces wrinkles, improves collection by stimulating proper skin cell turnover), and supports hair growth (grows hair in areas where it is supposed to grow; does not cause abnormal hair growth)
Any disease associated with mitochondrial dysfunction, including cancer and neurodegeneration (Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, ALS, etc)