Red light therapy is a natural healing modality that uses specific red LED wavelengths to target the mitochondria in body cells. Red light exposure strengthens the mitochondria and encourages increased production of ATP, a vital energy-carrying molecule that aids in efficient functioning and rejuvenation, and speeds healing throughout the body.
Increased ATP production offers a wide variety of health benefits that affect many different parts of the body. Learn more about the top five key benefits of red light therapy with this guide.
Because of the increase in ATP production, red light therapy is a directly pro-metabolic treatment. More energy-producing molecules in the cells mean better performance, improved functionality and accelerated recovery of the entire body. Improvements in energy production and energy levels can enhance productivity, improve stress management abilities, and greater overall well-being.
Red light therapy supports tissue repair and reduces inflammation, both of which play a vital role in wound healing and muscle recovery. NIH studies have shown that treating wounds with red light can lead to a faster and more efficient healing process. This is particularly beneficial for slow-healing wounds, such as ulcers, post-surgical procedures, or side effects of chemotherapy.
Muscle Recovery and Athletic Performance
More and more coaches, physical trainers, and athletes are discovering the benefits of red light therapy. Because red light therapy increases energy production and promotes faster muscle and tissue repair, it can help reduce muscle soreness after heavy exercise and speeds recovery up to ten times.
Studies have also shown that red light therapy can help reduce levels of CK—an enzyme that correlates with muscle fatigue—in the blood after exercise. As a result, red light therapy has proven useful in reducing muscular damage and accelerating recovery after a workout.
Pain and Inflammation
While inflammation is a natural healing process, it can lead to pain and other complications if left unchecked. Chronic inflammation can stem from disorders such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Red light therapy helps lower inflammation—and the pain that accompanies it—by decreasing pro-inflammatory cytokines, the molecules that cause inflammation in the body. Neuropathy, fibromyalgia, and other nerve damaging conditions may be due to high inflammation throughout the body. Using red light beds accelerates inflammation reduction and may lead to significant pain reduction.
Skin and Hair Health
The anti-inflammatory effects of red light therapy help combat acne and eczema, and improve overall skin health. Red light therapy also helps improve collagen levels, which work to preserve and rejuvenate the skin for anti-wrinkling. Similarly, NIH studies show that red light therapy can stimulate hair growth and treat alopecia.
Years of research have gone into understanding the many health benefits of red light therapy. Today, fitness centers, day and resort spas, natural wellness centers, and other facilities use red light therapy pods to achieve these and other crucial health benefits for their clients. If you’re interested in using red light therapy in your facility, contact Prism Light Pod today to learn more about our red light therapy beds and the benefits they offer.