In the 1990s astronauts took plants to the space station, and found that red LED light helped them grow and accelerated photosynthesis. People are not geraniums, but research began to investigate whether these light frequencies could have an effect on human cells, and the answer is yes. The first applications were precisely to mitigate the harmful effects of space travel: muscle atrophy, poor wound healing and loss of bone mass due to weightlessness.
What is red light therapy?
Red light therapy is nothing more than exposing your skin to low-level red light wavelengths. This exposure, depending on the wavelength emitted by the device and the exposure time, will produce some effects or others.
How does red light therapy work?
The principle of operation of red light therapy is the stimulation of the mitochondria, the organelles inside every cell in your body, which are responsible for producing energy in the form of a molecule called ATP (adenosine triphosphate). If the mitochondria are stimulated with infrared radiation, they can produce more ATP, which the cell will then use to regenerate and repair damage, or in other words, rejuvenate. In fact, aging is identified as a decrease in mitochondrial activity.
Is there any risk?
Unlike laser therapy or high-intensity pulsed light (IPL), which destroy the superficial layers of the skin, by applying red and infrared light (LED or low-power laser) of a certain frequency range (between 600 and 950 nm), the light can penetrate about 5 millimeters into the skin without causing any damage.
Advantages of red light therapy
These are some of the benefits for which evidence has been found in various experiments:
Helps with healing
Helps with healing in burns, skin grafts, infected wounds or amputations, increasing the rate of regeneration of skin and other tissues. It has also been proven in wounds that heal poorly, such as foot ulcers due to diabetes. It also improves the appearance of burn scars.
Stimulates follicles and hair growth in people suffering from androgenetic alopecia. It has also been successfully used to treat psoriasis, and was found to stimulate collagen formation in the skin and reduce wrinkles by treating them with light alone, without the need to add photosensitive products. The same could be proven to mitigate damage caused by solar radiation.
It improves joint function in people with arthritis and pain in rheumatoid arthritis. It has also been used to treat carpal tunnel by improving strength, although in this case it did not help with pain. It did work to treat tendonitis in Achilles tendon.
Where to go for LED light therapy?
Ascent Adaptation and Regeneration is the best option if you want to undergo a red light therapy and start a new lifestyle that will help you improve your health. We have specialists and technology to perform all procedures related to light exposure, healthy eating, electromagnetic fields and more.
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