Arthritis is a leading cause of pain and disability worldwide.
Unfortunately, it is a very common and problematic issue for the ageing population.
So what is Arthritis?
It is the swelling and tenderness of one or more of your joints and is typically found in 56% of men and 69% of women over the age of 65.
However, it is becoming more prevalent in the younger generations too. There are over 100 types of Arthritis. Recent studies suggest that anti-inflammatory drugs are doing very little and the side effects are of concern. Invasive surgeries, such as joint replacements, carry high risks that generally outweigh the benefits.
Red Light Therapy is a natural treatment that is becoming popular as an alternative approach without the side effects.
These are the common symptoms of Arthritis:
There are a number of factors that may contribute to developing arthritis. These include age, family history, previous injuries, obesity, poor diet and a sedentary lifestyle.
Red and Infrared light therapy (RLT) uses specific wavelengths to stimulate a natural response in the body to enhance overall cell function. The light energy penetrates through layers of skin to reach muscles and nerves. Our cells absorb the light then create energy and blood flow to the areas to further support cell regrowth and regeneration.
This combination of cell activity and circulation works to reduce inflammation caused by arthritis. RLT can be considered as an alternative noninvasive treatment with its potential anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects. (1)
Not only does RLT reduce inflammation and help blood flow, it also increases collagen production. Collagen is one of the building blocks found in muscles and cartilage.
Cartilage is the connective tissue in joints and allows them to bend and connect with bones. It also provides support to carry the weight of the body without damage to the bones. So by increasing collagen, it can help heal damage to cartilage in inflamed joints. (2)
To decrease joint pain, arthritis and inflammation using Red Light Therapy, you only need to sit in front of a high quality device for 10-15 minutes each day! Pretty easy right?
It’s very simple! Here’s how it works…
Step 1. Set yourself up comfortably in front of your device.
Step 2. Ensure you are positioned to have the light facing your painful joint(s), roughly 10 cm away from the device
Step 3. Turn on Red Light and Near Infrared Light on your device (we recommend using both for more effective treatments, although Near Infrared will be the most beneficial for arthritis) and set the countdown timer to 10 minutes.
Step 4. As the red light penetrates your skin you feel a gentle soothing warmth. Stay in front of the light for 10-15 minutes depending on pain.
Repeat this 4 step process every day for best results. Remember, consistency is key!
These other natural remedies work extremely well when combined with daily Red Light Therapy sessions:
Stretching exercises: The key is to keep moving your joints. Doing daily yoga, Tai Chi, relaxing walks and gentle stretches that move your joints through their full range of motion is very beneficial. If you don't use it, you lose it.
Anti-inflammatory foods: Your diet plays a huge role when it comes to optimal health. Eating a range of whole foods and cutting out the processed stuff will make the world of difference. There are a number of beneficial foods that aim to combat inflammation. These include wild caught fish, curcumin, walnuts, garlic, berries, olive oil and ginger.
Relaxation: Meditating, deep breathing, listening to music, being in nature, writing in a journal are all wonderful ways to relax. There's no downside to relaxation, and it's been shown to help ease pain.
Massage: Massage may also improve pain and stiffness temporarily. Make sure your massage therapist knows where your arthritis affects you.
As well as decreasing joint pain, arthritis & inflammation, RLT also provides a wide range of health benefits to help optimise your health.