In today's modern world, we have choices. The choice to listen to ads, do our own research and take the advice of close friends and family. However, it seems at every turn in our busy online lives, there is another 'must have' or therapy treatment that has been a secret to a chosen few for years. Searching Google will bring up a list of results that can be both informative and misleading.
Today, we take a look at What is Red Light Therapy, so that you can have a better understanding of what it is, what it actually does, and how you can benefit from using this type of therapy. In this article, take the time to relax, settle in with your favourite choice of beverage, be it wine, coffee or a good Chai Latte and let's begin!
What is Red Light Therapy?
Red light therapy is a safe, simple treatment that delivers concentrated light to your skin and cells using the same wavelengths as natural light from the sun without the harmful UV rays (now that’s a win!)
Like natural light, RLT helps stimulate the mitochondria in our body. Mitochondria are the tiny powerhouses within the cell responsible for energy production. This process for energy production is known as Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP). Every living organism on earth creates ATP which becomes the energy we use each day. As we age and have restricted access to sunlight due to our busy lives our ATP production slows down leaving us feeling sluggish (you know, that feeling like we had a few too many beers?) Fear not, because this is where red light therapy swoops in and saves the day!
Not only does RLT create more ATP, it also helps with antioxidant production, which plays an important role in reducing the oxidative stress associated with cell injury, muscle fatigue and joint pain & inflammation. These antioxidants increase the production of heat proteins, which are special enzymes in the body that help protect cells from stress and early ageing. Say goodbye to expensive wrinkle creams ladies and gents!
Numerous studies have also found an increase in circulation following RLT indicating the tissues are receiving more oxygen, which is essential for healing and ridding themselves of toxic byproducts.