Performance Enhancements

The benefits of red & near infrared light therapy are more than skin-deep. Because of its ability to penetrate into the body’s connective tissues and joints, red & near infrared light therapy is gaining favor as a treatment for joint pain, muscle soreness and other physical ailments. It also helps to promote healing, leading to quicker recovery and improved endurance for athletes or those recovering from a workout, injury or operation.

Red and near-infrared light therapy or Photobiomodulation Therapy (PBMT) positively affects physical performance in many different capacities. The treatment has been clinically shown to reduce inflammation, reduce muscle soreness, and improve recovery times. As a non-invasive and pain-free treatment option, it is an optimal choice for those wishing to reduce pain, inflammation and recovery time, while at the same time improving joint health and healing time.

One of the major benefits of receiving red & near infrared light therapy is that it slows the inflammatory response in the body. Inflammation can affect the skin, joints and organs, leading to a variety of adverse issues. Reducing inflammation through red & near infrared light therapy can improve overall functionality and wellness.

medical grade light therapy

Performance Enhancements

The benefits of red & near infrared light therapy are more than skin-deep. Because of its ability to penetrate into the body’s connective tissues and joints, red & near infrared light therapy is gaining favor as a treatment for joint pain, muscle soreness and other physical ailments. It also helps to promote healing, leading to quicker recovery and improved endurance for athletes or those recovering from a workout, injury or operation.

Red and near-infrared light therapy or Photobiomodulation Therapy (PBMT) positively affects physical performance in many different capacities. The treatment has been clinically shown to reduce inflammation, reduce muscle soreness, and improve recovery times. As a non-invasive and pain-free treatment option, it is an optimal choice for those wishing to reduce pain, inflammation and recovery time, while at the same time improving joint health and healing time.

One of the major benefits of receiving red & near infrared light therapy is that it slows the inflammatory response in the body. Inflammation can affect the skin, joints and organs, leading to a variety of adverse issues. Reducing inflammation through red & near infrared light therapy can improve overall functionality and wellness.

Muscle Gains & Endurance

Red & near infrared light therapy does more than reduce pain and inflammation of muscles after a workout. It also promotes quicker healing and reduces total down time associated with all types of training.

Clinical studies have shown a reduction in muscle soreness after a workout when patients used red or near infrared light therapy. When the recovery period following intense workouts was reduced, patients could resume regular training sooner. For athletes and sports enthusiasts, this translates to a more effective training regimen with less downtime.

Substantial research indicates red & near infrared light therapy directly impacts cells’ mitochondria, improving the utilization of oxygen and enhancing cellular respiration. Red & near infrared light therapy essentially facilitates the process of harnessing usable energy within the body and expediting healing, thereby making it a beneficial treatment option for all types of sports & fitness. [7]

Inflammation

Inflammation is a common reaction to a long list of possible culprits including allergies, viruses, infections, injuries and autoimmune conditions. When an area becomes irritated, inflammation occurs as the immune system begins the healing process. Essentially, it is the body’s way of sending help to an area that isn’t functioning properly. [8]

Inflammation typically is marked by swelling, pain, redness, heat and loss of function. In some cases, there are no visible symptoms. For example, depression has been linked to cellular inflammation.

Red & near infrared light therapy can help combat inflammation with its ability to penetrate below the skin into the body’s connective tissue, where it stimulates the healing processes. Numerous studies have shown light therapy to be an effective remedy in reducing inflammation in joints, lungs, and even the brain. [9, 10]

Red light therapy has also been shown to reduce inflammation after injury or an operation. In one triple-blind placebo controlled trial where patients received a total hip replacement, it was conculded that red & near infrared light therapy is an effective method in decreasing pain intensity and post-surgery inflammation. [11]

Tendonitis

As with joint pain, inflammation is a hallmark side effect of tendonitis and other common athletic injuries. Tendonitis is simply ‘inflammation of a tendon’. Most commonly it is treated with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs); however, NSAIDs have many undesirable side effects, included increased risk of heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure & kidney damage. Thereby, red & near infrared light therapy have been shown to be a positive substitution.

Several clinical studies have highlighted the effectiveness of red & near infrared light therapy for the treatment of tendonitis. One study showed a reduction in inflammation among patients who used red light therapy for an injured achilles tendon. Another confirmed light therapy as a potential treatment for tendinopathy, in which patients experience pain, but not necessarily inflammation after overuse of the tendon. [1]

Joint Health

Joint pain, whether from disease, injury or simply aging, is extremely common and closely tied to inflammation.

Doctors continually struggle to treat age-related joint health with drugs. NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) are among the most commonly prescribed treatments for arthritis and other joint disorders. They are effective pain reducers, but are only recommended for short-term use because they can be hard on the rest of the body, increasing the chances of stomach bleeding, heart attack, and stroke. [13] Those side effects led pharmaceutical company Merck to pull the popular drug Vioxx from the market in 2004. [4]

With these failures in pharmaceutical treatment, it is easy to see how non-invasive approaches such as red & near infrared light therapy are gaining in popularity. The treatment also is appealing for patients who are not ideal candidates for surgery. Red & near infrared light therapy is both safe and effective, making it an ideal treatment to help improve inflammation, pain, and mobility. [2,4,6]

One of the main benefits for joint health is that it increases blood flow, which is extremely beneficial for the healing process. In one clinical study, the majority of patients with sacrociliac (pelvic) joint pain showed significant pain improvement after red & near infrared light therapy treatment. Another study showed a reduction in chronic joint pain associated with wrist pain, tennis elbow, and carpal tunnel syndrome. [15, 16]

Pain Reduction

Inflammation is one of the chief antagonists causing pain in the body. Red & near infrared light therapy can help because of its ability to induce analgesia, or the inability to feel pain.

During treatment, light photons are absorbed by chromophores, which kick-start the healing process. Light therapy increases blood flow, thereby rushing in healing agents and reducing pain and stiffness. At specific wavelengths and intensities, red & near infrared light acts as a nerve block, calming pain reactions and allowing the healing process to begin. Red & near infrared light therapy has even been shown to spur an increase in serotonin and endorphin levels, further helping with pain management. [14]

Numerous studies have shown that using light therapy can significantly reduce pain associated with major conditions such as osteoarthritis, diabetes and other advanced diseases. The treatment option has huge potential for chronic pain conditions such as neuropathy, in which nerves are damaged, leading to frequent pain and weakness. A study of 107 patients with Type 2 diabetes found that red light therapy three times a week increased neural activity and reduced pain, offering hope for patients looking for relief beyond drug therapy. [6, 14]

It is also effective for pain relief after an operation. A clinical study of 36 patients undergoing a root canal showed a marked decrease in residual pain for those who used red light therapy post-operatively. [17]

In addition, red & near infrared light therapy has also been shown to combat pain in other ways, including reduced soreness after a workout. One study of participants ages 18-35 with muscle soreness in their biceps showed that after 48 hours, those treated with red light therapy showed a reduction in perceived pain and inflammation, along with improved range of motion. [12]

medical grade light therapy

Muscle Gains & Endurance

Red & near infrared light therapy does more than reduce pain and inflammation of muscles after a workout. It also promotes quicker healing and reduces total down time associated with all types of training.

Clinical studies have shown a reduction in muscle soreness after a workout when patients used red or near infrared light therapy. When the recovery period following intense workouts was reduced, patients could resume regular training sooner. For athletes and sports enthusiasts, this translates to a more effective training regimen with less downtime.

Substantial research indicates red & near infrared light therapy directly impacts cells’ mitochondria, improving the utilization of oxygen and enhancing cellular respiration. Red & near infrared light therapy essentially facilitates the process of harnessing usable energy within the body and expediting healing, thereby making it a beneficial treatment option for all types of sports & fitness. [7]

Inflammation

Inflammation is a common reaction to a long list of possible culprits including allergies, viruses, infections, injuries and autoimmune conditions. When an area becomes irritated, inflammation occurs as the immune system begins the healing process. Essentially, it is the body’s way of sending help to an area that isn’t functioning properly. [8]

Inflammation typically is marked by swelling, pain, redness, heat and loss of function. In some cases, there are no visible symptoms. For example, depression has been linked to cellular inflammation.

Red & near infrared light therapy can help combat inflammation with its ability to penetrate below the skin into the body’s connective tissue, where it stimulates the healing processes. Numerous studies have shown light therapy to be an effective remedy in reducing inflammation in joints, lungs, and even the brain. [9, 10]

Red light therapy has also been shown to reduce inflammation after injury or an operation. In one triple-blind placebo controlled trial where patients received a total hip replacement, it was conculded that red & near infrared light therapy is an effective method in decreasing pain intensity and post-surgery inflammation. [11]

Tendonitis

As with joint pain, inflammation is a hallmark side effect of tendonitis and other common athletic injuries. Tendonitis is simply ‘inflammation of a tendon’. Most commonly it is treated with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs); however, NSAIDs have many undesirable side effects, included increased risk of heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure & kidney damage. Thereby, red & near infrared light therapy have been shown to be a positive substitution.

Several clinical studies have highlighted the effectiveness of red & near infrared light therapy for the treatment of tendonitis. One study showed a reduction in inflammation among patients who used red light therapy for an injured achilles tendon. Another confirmed light therapy as a potential treatment for tendinopathy, in which patients experience pain, but not necessarily inflammation after overuse of the tendon. [1]

Joint Health

Joint pain, whether from disease, injury or simply aging, is extremely common and closely tied to inflammation.

Doctors continually struggle to treat age-related joint health with drugs. NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) are among the most commonly prescribed treatments for arthritis and other joint disorders. They are effective pain reducers, but are only recommended for short-term use because they can be hard on the rest of the body, increasing the chances of stomach bleeding, heart attack, and stroke. [13] Those side effects led pharmaceutical company Merck to pull the popular drug Vioxx from the market in 2004. [4]

With these failures in pharmaceutical treatment, it is easy to see how non-invasive approaches such as red & near infrared light therapy are gaining in popularity. The treatment also is appealing for patients who are not ideal candidates for surgery. Red & near infrared light therapy is both safe and effective, making it an ideal treatment to help improve inflammation, pain, and mobility. [2,4,6]

One of the main benefits for joint health is that it increases blood flow, which is extremely beneficial for the healing process. In one clinical study, the majority of patients with sacrociliac (pelvic) joint pain showed significant pain improvement after red & near infrared light therapy treatment. Another study showed a reduction in chronic joint pain associated with wrist pain, tennis elbow, and carpal tunnel syndrome. [15, 16]

Pain Reduction

Inflammation is one of the chief antagonists causing pain in the body. Red & near infrared light therapy can help because of its ability to induce analgesia, or the inability to feel pain.

During treatment, light photons are absorbed by chromophores, which kick-start the healing process. Light therapy increases blood flow, thereby rushing in healing agents and reducing pain and stiffness. At specific wavelengths and intensities, red & near infrared light acts as a nerve block, calming pain reactions and allowing the healing process to begin. Red & near infrared light therapy has even been shown to spur an increase in serotonin and endorphin levels, further helping with pain management. [14]

Numerous studies have shown that using light therapy can significantly reduce pain associated with major conditions such as osteoarthritis, diabetes and other advanced diseases. The treatment option has huge potential for chronic pain conditions such as neuropathy, in which nerves are damaged, leading to frequent pain and weakness. A study of 107 patients with Type 2 diabetes found that red light therapy three times a week increased neural activity and reduced pain, offering hope for patients looking for relief beyond drug therapy. [6, 14]

It is also effective for pain relief after an operation. A clinical study of 36 patients undergoing a root canal showed a marked decrease in residual pain for those who used red light therapy post-operatively. [17]

In addition, red & near infrared light therapy has also been shown to combat pain in other ways, including reduced soreness after a workout. One study of participants ages 18-35 with muscle soreness in their biceps showed that after 48 hours, those treated with red light therapy showed a reduction in perceived pain and inflammation, along with improved range of motion. [12]

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Contribution to Age-Associated Diseases, The Journals of Gerontology: Series A, Volume 69, Issue

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[13] “What Are NSAIDs for Arthritis?”  WebMD

[14] The Use of Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) For Musculoskeletal PainHoward B Cotler1,2,*, Roberta T Chow3, Michael R Hamblin4,5,6, and James Carroll

[15] Low level laser therapy (LLLT) for patients with sacroiliac joint pain. Ohkuin I1, Ushigome N, Harada T, Ohshiro T, Mizutani K, Musya Y, Okada Y, Takahashi H.

[16] LOW LEVEL LASER THERAPY (LLLT) FORCHRONIC JOINT PAIN OF THE ELBOW, WRISTAND

FINGERSIkuko Okuni,1Nobuyuki Ushigome,1Takashi Harada,1Toshio Ohshiro,2Yoshiro Musya3and

Masayuki Sekiguchi41: Department of Rehabilitation, Toho University School of Medicine, Tokyo2: Japan

Medical Laser Laboratory, Shinjuku, Tokyo3: Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Toho University

School of Medicine, Ohashi Hospital, Tokyo4: Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Toho University

School of Medicine, Tokyo

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