Red Light Therapy Benef


Red Light Therapy Benefits

Salt Athletics uses a patent-pending platform to deliver total body scientific wellness in 30-minute sessions. One of the benefits of Salt Athletics is the use of red light therapy sessions.

Red light therapy, which is also known by the less-catchy names of photobiomodulation and low-level laser therapy (LLLT), releases light waves in the red and infrared spectrum. Unlike ultraviolet rays from the sun which damage the DNA of skin cells, “light emitted in this spectrum is perfectly safe,” said Dr. Susan Bard,  a board-certified dermatologist based in New York City.

That means there’s no tanning or burning when you’re exposed to red light. Its effects happen deep inside at the cellular level. Sit or stand near a panel of special red lights for a few minutes and their wavelengths reportedly alter the way your cells produce energy and antioxidants. In turn, this improved efficiency may help heal bones, nerves, skin, tendons, and ligaments, while lessening pain.

This isn’t a brand new discovery as red light therapy has been around for over 50 years, although only recently has it been more widely accepted by medical experts.

Red light therapy has been used to treat or improve the following:

  • pain
  • inflammation
  • healing
  • tissue regeneration
  • autoimmune diseases
  • brain disorders
  • athletic performance
  • eyesight
  • heating
  • cancer therapy side effects

“The number of conditions red light can treat is ‘continuously expanding,'” said Michael R. Hamblin, PhD., a principal investigator at the Wellman Center for Photomedicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and associate professor of dermatology at Harvard Medical School.   As far as skin goes, red light therapy is useful in decreasing inflammation and stimulating post-procedure wound healing. It can also help bolster hair growth in people with alopecia and stimulate collagen production in people who hope to lessen fine lines and wrinkles. When it comes to soft tissue injuries like sprains and strains, red light therapy may both promote healing and offer pain relief as well. “A study showed that ankle sprains treated with light therapy had less swelling at 24, 48, and 72 hours compared to rest, ice, compression, [and] elevation,” noted Dr. Caitlyn Mooney, a sports medicine physician at University Medicine Associates in San Antonio, Texas and member of the American Society for Sports Medicine. “Another small study showed people treated with light therapy returned to full weight bearing earlier after ankle sprain,” she added.

*Source Healthline Magazine