Understanding Red Light Therapy (RLT)
In today’s blog, we’re exploring the basics of Red Light Therapy, a form of light therapy involving red and near-infrared light.
- What is Red Light Therapy
- Potential Applications of Red Light Therapy
- How Does Red Light Work?
- Considerations and Safety
- Where to Find Red Light Devices?
- Exploring RLT for Wellness
What is Red Light Therapy?
RLT involves the use of red and/or near-infrared light, which is perceived by the body differently due to their distinct wavelengths. Red light is visible, whereas near-infrared light is not seen but can be sensed as warmth.
RLT is also known by other terms such as Low-level laser therapy (LLLT), low-power laser therapy (LPLT), and photobiomodulation (PBM).
Potential Applications of Red Light Therapy
RLT is an area of interest in various wellness and therapeutic contexts. It’s being explored for a range of uses:
- General skin wellness
- Muscle relaxation
- Temporary relief of minor aches and pains
- Supportive use in joint health
- Complementary use in mood regulation
- Potential supportive use post-surgery
- Exploration in sleep patterns
These potential applications are part of current research areas, and outcomes can differ from person to person.
How Does Red Light Work?
The concept behind RLT is the exposure of the skin to specific light wavelengths. The current science shows that these wavelengths can be absorbed by the mitochondria in cells, potentially supporting and improving cellular function. However, this is an area of active research, and definitive conclusions are yet to be drawn.
Considerations and Safety
RLT is generally considered a low-risk approach and does not typically cause discomfort due to heat. Like any therapeutic approach, it’s important to use RLT devices as directed and consult with a healthcare provider for guidance, especially for specific health concerns.
Where to Find Red Light Devices?
RLT is becoming more accessible, with various wellness centers, gyms, and spas offering RLT services. For personal use, a variety of devices are available on the market, each designed with different specifications. When choosing a device, consider your needs and consult with a specialist to find a suitable option.
Exploring RLT for Wellness
As interest in RLT grows, it's an option worth considering in the context of a broader wellness strategy. Stay informed and consult with healthcare professionals when exploring RLT as a part of your health and wellness routine.