The controversial sparks are flying again, and it’s all about the therapeutic technique known as Red Light Therapy AKA Low-Level Laser Therapy or known in medical terms as Photobiomodulation. Although it has been around for more than 50 years, medical practices and even spa’s are all in the loop for giving this treatment a new name.
Red Light Therapy is low-level red wavelengths mimicking the photosynthesis process that penetrates 5mm below the skin surface, and unlike laser or intense pulsed light treatments, it doesn’t cause damage to the skin. Red lights are natural therapeutic lights that directly stimulate the regeneration of the skin by producing the biochemical effect of strengthening mitochondria cells. Cells then have more energy for sufficient rejuvenation.
What medical conditions does Red Light Therapy treat?
In a medical office, Red Light Therapy has reportedly been successful in the treatment of:
- Joint pain
- Decreasing inflammation
- Muscle atrophy
- Bone density
- Slow-healing wounds
- Side effects of chemotherapy
- Autoimmune diseases
- Brain disorders
While athletes can get back on track after an injury with faster healing, the technique can allow the mind to go into a meditative state.
Together with other skin health treatments, RLT is useful as an anti-aging treatment to alter the way cells produce energy and antioxidants.
Beauty therapists treat skin conditions with the use of Red Light Therapy like:
- Stretch Marks
- Stimulation of Collagen
- Wrinkle severity
- Reduction of Fine Lines
- Hair Growth
Hundreds of clinical studies conducted on the effects of Red Light Therapy reported no side effects. Not enough evidence has been provided to confirm whether this technique is more effective than the current treatments, such as Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) for treating wounds, pain and regeneration. But, Red Light Therapy is accessible to almost anyone, and if it’s treating to anything from skin conditions to joint pain and even seasonal depression, there is nothing to lose by giving it a go.