How does Red Light Therapy work?

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What is Red Light Therapy?

The human body requires natural light to perform and thrive, just like it needs water and nutrients from food.

Red and near-infrared wavelengths of light are the ‘superfoods’ of natural light, providing our body with healing properties and health benefits.

Red light therapy is a non-invasive treatment that delivers concentrated red and near-infrared light to your cells. All you need is 10-15 minutes per day to optimize your body.

How does Red Light Therapy work?

Red light therapy works by projecting red and near-infrared light onto your body to provide its therapeutic effects. These lights will fall under a wavelength spectrum of the sun and lie between 620 nanometers (nm) to 1200 nm. The difference in nanometers is its ability to penetrate through the skin.

The health benefits of red light therapy are driven from 3 different mechanisms: increase mitochondrial function, improve blood circulation, and decrease oxidative stress.

Mitochondrial Function

Red light therapy boosts our energy production at a cellular level, specifically in the mitochondria—the 'powerhouse' of the cell. The natural red and near infrared light from red light therapy enhances the cellular respiration process that creates adenosine triphosphate (ATP) energy, often called "the energy currency of life". Our bodies are constantly creating ATP in order to fuel everything we do. The more ATP our cells can produce, the better our bodies heal, feel, and perform.

Blood Circulation

Blood circulation is one of the most vital functions in the body. It’s how essential nutrients and oxygen get delivered to the brain and throughout the body. Red light therapy improves blood flow by stimulating the production of Nitric Oxide (NO) in our cells. One of the main functions of NO is to relax the walls of blood vessels, allowing for increased blood flow through arteries and veins. Greater circulation allows our cells to receive more oxygen and nutrients for benefits such as skin health, wound healing, and reduced muscle soreness.

Oxidative Stress

Oxidative stress is an imbalance between free radicals and antioxidants in our body. Free radicals are harmful molecules, which are naturally produced through metabolic activities, such as digestion and exercising. Antioxidants play a central role in offsetting free radicals and reducing oxidative stress. Uncontrolled levels of oxidative stress can lead to cell injury and accelerate the aging process of the body. Red light therapy reduces oxidative stress, prevents further damage to cells, and early death, by upregulating the production of antioxidant enzymes.

The mechanisms of red light therapy can lead to a positive effect on mental acuity, sleep quality, skin health, muscle recovery, brain health, inflammation, and joint pains among many other aspects to optimize one’s overall health.

How to use Red Light Therapy

Red light therapy treatments are simple and can be very effective when complemented with other healthy lifestyles. Follow Orion’s treatment guideline for the best results:

  • Position yourself 6-12 inches away from your device.
  • Expose your skin for the most effective results.
  • Approximately 10-15 minute treatments per body area.
  • Daily use is recommended.
  • Any time of day that works best for you.

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