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Sometimes, new wellness treatments do live up to the hype. That’s definitely the case for red light therapy treatments. Whether you’re aiming for glowing skin, faster muscle recovery, or overall wellness, red light therapy has something to offer almost everyone.

A popular go-to treatment among physical therapists, red light therapy uses low-level red wavelengths of light to treat various medical and cosmetic conditions. The red light is usually delivered by LED lamps, lasers, or the FDA-approved Celluma PRO (in our case) which penetrates the skin without causing damage.

The treatment is most well-known for increasing collagen production, reducing inflammation and enhancing cellular repair, but its benefits are far more widespread than that. Learn more here.

Skin Health and Anti-Aging

Red light therapy does wonders for your skin health, to help you achieve smoother, clearer, and more youthful-looking skin. By stimulating collagen production, reducing inflammation and promoting healing, red light therapy can benefit your skin in the following ways:

  • Improve skin elasticity to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Improve skin texture, reduce the appearance of scars, and enhance overall skin tone
  • Treat various skin conditions, including acne, rosacea, and psoriasis

Various clinical studies have been conducted to back up these claims. Similar to how a bit of sun can help heal and clear up your skin, red light therapy does the same without the harmful UV rays. Its non-invasive nature makes it a great option for those seeking a natural approach to skin rejuvenation.

Pain Relief and Reduced Inflammation

One of the reasons that red light therapy is popular among physical therapists is because it can reduce inflammation and alleviate pain. It does this by penetrating deep into the tissues, reducing oxidative stress, and enhancing the production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) in cells, providing them with more energy to function and repair themselves. Red light therapy can help with the following types of pain relief and discomfort:

  • Treats chronic conditions like arthritis, including osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, tendonitis, or fibromyalgia.
  • Treats “tech neck”, and back, shoulder and neck pain
  • Treats conditions such as neuropathy or sciatica, where nerves are damaged or compressed
  • Improves relief from common aches and pains

Red light therapy works great alongside other pain relief modalities and treatments to manage pain and promote healing. Add it to your next acupuncture session.

Improves Recovery and Performance

Many athletes use red light therapy to enhance muscle recovery and performance, especially pro athletes who put immense strain on their bodies to perform at a top level. But you don’t have to be a pro to get the benefits and beat your personal best on your next run. 

Red light therapy’s ability to increase blood flow and reduce inflammation helps to repair damaged muscle fibres and studies have shown that red light therapy can significantly reduce muscle soreness and fatigue, as well as scarring. It can help improve recovery in the following ways:

  • Treats sprains, strains, and other sports-related injuries
  • Alleviates delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS), allowing for quicker recovery between training sessions
  • Promotes faster healing of cuts, abrasions, and surgical wounds
  • Improves post-surgical recovery to speed up recovery and reduce scarring after surgeries

There are also some compelling studies which suggest that red light therapy can improve muscle strength and endurance, allowing you to train harder and recover faster. This means you’ll feel ready to go for your next workout in no time.

Improved Mental Health and Cognitive Function

The benefits of red light therapy aren’t all physical. As we all know, your mental health is as important as your physical health. Early research suggests that red light therapy may also have a positive impact on your mental health and cognitive function in the following ways: 

  • May alleviate symptoms of depression and anxiety by encouraging the release of endorphins, your body’s feel-good hormone
  • May slow the progression of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s
  • Increases blood flow and oxygenation to the brain to improve cognitive performance, memory, and mood – your head’s dream team

Whether you’re looking to rejuvenate your skin, manage pain, or speed up recovery from physical activities, red light therapy is a powerful tool to add to your wellness routine. Experience the benefits of red light therapy for yourself by incorporating it into any of our acupuncture sessions. Book your session today and take the first step towards a healthier, more radiant you!