Infrared Healing Therapy
Infrared therapy is a new and innovative light-based method to treat pain and inflammation in various parts of the body. Unlike ultraviolet light, which can damage the skin, infrared light enhances cell regeneration. Infrared light is delivered to the site of injury or inflammation at certain wavelengths, promoting cell repair.
The key characteristic of infrared light is its ability to penetrate even the deep layers of the skin, providing better pain relief. Also, infrared light is safe, natural, non-invasive, and painless. Thus it may be able to provide a broad range of health benefits.
The Health Benefits of Infrared Therapy
Promote Wound Healing
Research suggest red light can accelerate the healing process of cutaneous wounds.
Studies have found treating wounds with red LED light reduce inflammatory cells, Increased fibroblasts (connective tissue cells that produce collagen and fibers),Collagen synthesis, Angiogenesis (new blood vessel formation) and tissue formation
All of the above are involved in the wound healing process.
Pain and Inflammation
Infrared therapy is an effective and safe remedy for pain and inflammation. It can penetrate deep through the layers of the skin, to the muscles and bones. Since infrared therapy enhances and improves circulation in the skin and other parts of the body, it can bring oxygen and nutrients to injured tissues, promoting healing. It helps ease pain, relieve inflammation, and protect against oxidative stress.
Research shows that red infrared light therapy can significantly improve skin complexion, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and increase collagen density.
Light-based and laser therapies are often used to treat acne because the light can penetrate deep within the skin.
Red light targets your sebaceous glands — small ducts that release a pore-clogging, acne-causing oil called sebum. The effect of the light helps reduce inflammation within those sebaceous glands, which may improve the appearance of acne.
Decrease Signs Of Aging
Your skin is largely made of collagen, a protein that prevents it from sagging and keeps it looking and feeling plump. While collagen is naturally produced by the body, sun exposure, smoking, pollution exposure, and aging decrease production causing skin to lose elasticity and appear to sag and wrinkle.
A 2014 study found full-body exposure to red light over the course of 30, twice-a-week sessions increased collagen density on participants' faces and caused visible improvements in wrinkles and skin roughness.
Infrared therapy improves the action of the mitochondria within cells, thus triggering the growth and repair of new muscles cells and tissues. In other words, infrared light can hasten the repair process after a muscle injury.
One of the key health benefits of infrared therapy is improvement in cardiovascular health. Infrared light increases the production of nitric oxide, a vital signaling molecule that is important for the health of blood vessels. This molecule helps relax the arteries and prevents blood from clotting and clumping in the vessels. Aside from these, it also combats free radicals to prevent oxidative stress and regulate blood pressure. Nitric oxide is essential in improving blood circulation, which provides more oxygen and nutrients to injured tissues. Thus, infrared light hastens wound healing and stimulates the regeneration of injured tissues, reducing inflammation and pain.