What Are The Benefits Of Red Light Therapy?
Red light therapy has numerous exciting benefits, and these are elevated by the fact that red light therapy comes without side effects. The therapy is extremely safe – so much so that there isn’t a maximum time that you can use it for. The light won’t damage your skin, and many people use red light therapy every single day. Here are some of the incredible benefits:
1. Wound Healing
When you injure yourself, inflammation and swelling usually occur. These create pain, reduce activity and slow down the healing process (although some inflammation is good – it’s when our bodies go into overdrive that healing is slowed down). Red light therapy helps your body to produce new blood vessels, connective fibres and new tissue formation – all of which lead to faster, stronger healing (with less pain). Faster healing is advantageous not just because you’re in pain for less time, but you’re also less likely to get an infection which could cause even more damage.
As well as helping with injuries such as falls and burns, red light therapy can also help to speed up recovery after surgery.
2. Muscle Repair
When you exercise, your muscles are subject to many microtears. This is good – it is when these tears are repaired that your muscles get stronger, ready for your next workout. But, there’s nothing more frustrating than that feeling when you push yourself hard and then can’t exercise for a few days (or perhaps even weeks).
Red light therapy has been shown to speed up the recovery of those damaged muscles, so you become faster, fitter and stronger. You can get back to the gym (or field, or track) more quickly, giving you a bonus competitive edge.
3. Pain Relief
One of the most exciting benefits of red light therapy is as a medication-free option for pain relief. Too often, sufferers of conditions which cause chronic pain such as rheumatoid arthritis are left with medication as the only option. This can have a number of problems, including nasty side effects (such as nausea), resistance (when your body gets used to the drug and you need more for pain relieving effects) and addiction.
Numerous studies have shown that red light therapy has pain relieving effects and, by reducing inflammation and swelling, actually helps to heal the underlying problem rather than just treating the symptoms. It doesn’t matter where your pain is situated, red light therapy can target and reduce your pain.
4. Skin Issues
If you suffer from skin issues such as acne, you may well have tried everything to cure them. But everyone’s skin is different, and creams and other medications can inflame already damaged skin. Harsh chemicals are often used to decrease bacterial levels in your skin, but these can harm your delicate layers of skin.
Red light therapy is tolerated by all skin types and tones, so even if you have particularly sensitive skin you can utilize it. It’s proven to negatively impact sebum production, which contributes to acne.
Even if you don’t have problem skin, red light therapy can help…
Want to banish fine lines, wrinkles, dryness and redness? These tend to happen to our skin as we age and collagen production reduces and cells are unable to dispel toxins as efficiently.
Red light therapy increases your body’s production of collagen. You will have heard about collagen in relation to the skin – many creams contain it. When your body produces more collagen, your skin will appear firmer, plumper and with less lines. Collagen is also vital for strong bones and muscles, so red light therapy can help to limit the injuries and weakness that often come with age.
Looking younger, with rejuvenated and healthier skin (including smaller pores and better texture and tone), is one of the biggest benefits of using red light therapy on a regular basis.
6. Fat Reduction
Losing weight and reducing fat is one of the most common goals for Americans – both for health and cosmetic reasons.
Light therapy can help you to reach your goals. Studies have shown that red light therapy can help your body to wash away lipids and fat cells, leaving you slimmer. The therapy also encourages your cells to work harder, using more energy – burning fat.
In addition to this, red light therapy can help to reduce cellulite, improve body contouring, decrease your waistline and leaves you with tighter hips and thighs.
Red light therapy can also affect hunger levels – so your appetite is less, and you don’t reach for the snacks. This helps to prevent the build up of extra fat before it begins. As red light therapy helps your sleep patterns too (see below!), this has a positive effect on your eating schedule.
7. Sleep Improvements
If you struggle to sleep properly and find yourself struggling to stay awake at work, you need to try red light therapy.
Poor sleep can lead to a variety of health issues, including weight gain, inflammation and worse cognitive function.
You might be aware that light plays a huge role in your sleep cycle, and our modern lives spent mostly inside under artificial lighting can mess up our circadian rhythms, leaving us unable to sleep properly.
Blue light (like daylight and the light that is emitted from smartphones and PCs) keeps us awake, whereas red light helps us to sleep. Utilizing red light therapy in the evenings can have a hugely positive effect on the quality of your sleep – leaving you with more energy and reducing many cognitive issues, including PTSD, anxiety and stress.
8. Reduce Allergy Symptoms
If you struggle with hay fever or other allergies, you may well be used to taking antihistamine daily. You might not know that cells in your body release histamine, and this leaves you with runny nose, sneezing and itchy, watery eyes.
Red light therapy can suppress the cells’ production of histamine, so your symptoms are relieved without the need to take medication.
9. Libido Boost
Red light therapy can give you higher energy levels and increased testosterone, leading to a libido boost in men. Many men have reported a higher sex drive after red light therapy, and all of the health and wellbeing benefits that come with that.
The therapy may also increase sperm’s ability to move and swim, potentially having a significant effect on treating male infertility.