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What is Red Light Therapy?

Red light therapy (also called biophotomodulation) is a type of treatment that uses high power LEDs to expose you to specific wavelengths of red and near infrared light. Most research shows the benefits of red and near Infrared light wavelengths in the 630nm-680nm and 800-880nm ranges.

Near Infrared light is a type of energy your eyes can’t see, but your body can feel as heat. Red light is similar, but you can see it.

The device puts out a slight warmth but is not hot and will not burn you.

Initially scientists in the early 1990’s used red light therapy (RLT) to help plants grow in space – you may recall seeing this in movies about space travel. They found that the intense light helped promote the growth and photosynthesis of plant cells and then discovered that red and near-infrared light helped limit bone and muscle loss in astronauts living for extended periods in zero gravity. It has most frequently been used in skin laser clinics, due to the positive benefits on skin conditions and aging, however further research has shown additional effects on health and RLT is now being used in wider treatment settings.

What can I use RLT for?

RLT can have a significant effect on inflammation in the body and hence is used for many conditions where inflammation is a root cause. Research has shown these effects can be both local (targeting a specific area) and systemic, benefiting overall body processes.

You may want to look at using RLT for:

  • General Skincare and aging
  • Muscle Healing – athletes can improve their sports performance by using red light for pre-conditioning before exercise, and after exercise to support recovery.
  • Injury Rehabilitation – RLT can be effective at stimulating, healing, and regenerating damaged muscle tissue.
  • Hair Loss – research has shown statistically significant improvement in hair growth in people with hair loss.
  • Arthritis Joint Pain, Fibromyalgia and other musculoskeletal disorders – red light has been shown to relieve pain and increase mobility for many arthritis patients. 
  • Chronic skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, rosacea and acne
  • Skin Wounds and Scars – effectively treats skin wounds, which minimizes scarring.
  • Low Back Pain – both acute (short-term, often injury-related) and chronic (longer-term).
  • Boosting immunity
  • Improving thyroid health
  • Supporting mood