There’s a new non-invasive treatment for body pain and injuries. According to NASA, the red light therapy can help treat soft tissues and muscle injuries like spasms, slipped disc, back pain, pinched nerves, and just any other body pain or discomfort. The red light stimulated energy production within cells can provide enough fuel to boost tissue regeneration.
Understanding the Energy Production in Cells
According to Janis Eels and Dr. Harry Whelan of Clinical Lab Sciences, the near-infrared light emitted from LED diode acts as a catalyst on cytochrome oxidase, an enzyme responsible for sending signals to the mitochondria, structures within a cell producing triphosphate.
When the red light penetrates the skin, continuously reaching the light-sensitive cytochrome oxidase within the body, it helps generate ATP for the duration of treatment, repairing all damaged tissues.
Repairing Damage Tissues
During the red light therapy, each cell within the treated area starts producing new and healthy cells to replace the damaged tissues. According to Michael R. Hamblin, author of Mechanisms of Low Level Light Therapy, when ATP production increases, it also improves the production of fibroblasts. These cells serve as the building blocks of connective tissues, producing collagen and other soft tissues. This is effective in treating common sports injuries like torn tendons and ligaments.
Other benefits of red light photonic therapy:
- Reduces pain and swelling
- Increases lymphatic activity
- Strengthens the immune system
- Accelerates cell regeneration
- Increases circulation
- Relaxes muscles
- Increases anti-viral properties
- Encourages collagen production
- Regulates serotonin levels
Before you use light therapy products, make sure you are not taking steroids or currently using anti-inflammatory medication. This can block the accelerated cell activity that the LED light generates.
You may also use this therapy for your pets and other animals. As of now, research has shown no ill side effects. There may be a feeling of relaxation, light warmth, and skin tingling at the point of contact. Also, dark skin may require slightly longer treatment, since melanin blocks more of the light.